The 2022 T20 World Cup draws closer by the day. But despite all the T20 series being played at the moment, there seems to be little change in the betting to win the competition.
England has just won a hard fought series 4-3 away to Pakistan. The English were +400 to win the world cup before the series win, and guess what, they still are +400. The series win has had no impact on the overall cricket betting odds, and with the exception of Australia, that seems to be the same across-the-board.
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Little movement in betting odds to win the 2022 cricket T20 World Cup
The current rounds of T20 Internationals taking place are having little impact on the betting to win the 2022 T20 World Cup.
Australia has just seen its odds cut from +300 to +275 with the best cricket betting websites. But apart from that, there seems to have been little change.
This is probably down to the fact that a lot of the fixtures are basically experimental warm up matches. For example, England didn't risk skipper Jos Buttler in the recent series in Pakistan. Instead, the English went with various combinations at the top of the batting order to enable more squad players to get game time.
They also rotated the bowlers on a regular basis, allowing for Mark Wood to be used sporadically as he continues his comeback from injury.
A further example of rotation will be taking place throughout Australia's three match series with England starting on Sunday.
Aussies to rest Pace trio
The Aussie's electric pace trio of Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Starc, and Pat Cummins have all been rested from the first game. With the trio all set to return for the second and third matches in Canberra. The Australians have even gone to the trouble of naming one squad for Perth, and another for Canberra.
Adam Zampa, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins and Glenn Maxwell will not travel to Perth for the first T20 against England.
— Nic Savage (@nic_savage1) October 5, 2022
But what this is basically saying is that it's difficult to place bets on matches when only half of those nations playing have their strongest team playing.
Going back to England, and they will also no doubt be using their squad players in the series against Australia. The English still have to decide who will be partnering Jos Buttler at the top of the innings. It appears to be a straight fight between Phil Salt and Alex Hales to replace the discarded Jason Roy in the team (it would have been Jonny Bairstow had he not got injured).
Jason Roy dropped as England announce squad for the ICC Men’s @T20WorldCup 👀
— ICC (@ICC) September 2, 2022
Alex Hales is widely predicted to be the guy who lines up for England when they face Afghanistan in their world cup opening match on October 22nd. This despite him being left out of the original squad.
Both Hales and Salt have played in the Big Bash in Australia. But Alex Hales has had far more experience, and has been far more successful in Australia over the years. The England man could well be a worthwhile bet to be the top run scorer at the competition should he start.
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As we've alluded to already, Australia is now the outright favorites to win the 2022 T20 World Cup.
In the past few days India was dealt the blow that Jasprit Bumrah has been ruled out of the competition. Bumrah has a back injury, and won't be risked in Australia. He was already sitting out the series against South Africa when the news emerged. So it won't have come as the biggest shock.
I am gutted that I won’t be a part of the T20 World Cup this time, but thankful for the wishes, care and support I’ve received from my loved ones. As I recover, I’ll be cheering on the team through their campaign in Australia 🇮🇳 pic.twitter.com/XjHJrilW0d
— Jasprit Bumrah (@Jaspritbumrah93) October 4, 2022
Bumrah's injury hasn't affected India's world cup odds though. They were +300 before Bumrah's absence was confirmed, and they still are. The loss of Bumrah may have been the catalyst to money coming in for the Australians though.
So even though Bumrah's injury hasn't affected India's odds, it may have elsewhere. The Aussies are now +275 to win the world cup again. And this cut in their odds has come despite the hosts not really doing much.
Elsewhere, and in their series defeat to England we didn't really learn much about Pakistan. We already knew that in Babar Azam and Muhammad Rizwan, Pakistan has one of the greatest opening pairs in world cricket. We also know that behind the destructive opening partnership there is very little. And that was confirmed in the seven match series against England.
Odds on South Africa are shortening
There has been one other significant price movement, if not a huge one, and it's for South Africa.
The Proteas are coming in under the radar quite a bit here. There are no huge names in the squad, but they are an unknown quantity. And now punters seem to be waking up to the idea that they are a dangerous team. As we've just seen their odds cut from +800, to +700.
I still feel they are worth backing at those odds. I can see them continuing to shorten. And although I'm not saying they will win the world cup, the South Africans could go a long way in the competition. So getting on them now offers more opportunities to hedge our bets later in the competition.