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A Look at the History of Cricket and Betting on This Sport

The history of Cricket can be traced back to the late 16th century with its origins in England.  Cricket became the national sport of England in the 18th century and has become an international sport since the 19th and 20th centuries.  Matches around the world were played in 1844 and in 1877 test cricket began.  After football, cricket is the most popular sport in the world.  The sport is governed by the International Cricket Council (ICC).

Australian Cricket

Australian cricket goes back to 1877 when Australia played against England.  From then on Australia became a cricket force to be reckoned with.  The match that started it all was the Ashes played against their biggest rival, England.  This is considered the first organised championship in the history of Australian cricket.

The Australian glory days of cricket began in the 21st century with players such as Steve Waugh and Ricky Ponting, Australian captains who led their team to victory on numerous occasions.  Domestic level cricket in Australia is highly organised and there are many championships where local players get to show off their talent and qualify to play in the international games.  Women’s cricket in Australia has also been very successful and they have won 5 world cup titles.

Betting Tips for Punters

Cricket in Australia is not only a  spectator sport but also a very popular betting sport.  There are a few tips, which will be helpful to punters when placing bets.  It is always important for punters to learn as much as they can about the players, their skills and what conditions they perform best in.  There are some players that perform well in any conditions, but most play better in their ideal conditions.  For example, a player may perform very well in T20 cricket matches, but not in longer test matches.

Reading a pitch is an important factor when placing a bet.  The pace of the pitch will determine how a bowler will perform and as the game progresses the pitch will deteriorate.  Punters should know if a pitch will favour the batsman or the bowler and how the pitch will be later in the game.  Commentators will constantly talk about the pitch as the game progresses and it would be wise for punters to listen to this advice.

The weather will determine whether the match is to be played as well as the nature of the match.  Swing bowlers will favour cloud cover and this will usually make the runs lower than normal.  Sunshine throughout the day will dry out the pitch, which will be favourable conditions for spin bowlers.  During bad weather the decision is often made to reduce the overs in one day games and this is known as the Duckworth Lewis method.  This has a great impact on the punters who have placed a bet on a team to win.  Punters can also study statistics of the cricket ground and there are many tools available online.  These will give punters useful information with regard to the pitch, who the match winner was and the run rate as well as the runs scored in innings.

From humble beginnings cricket has grown to a sport watched by millions of people all over the world and offers a huge range of betting opportunities.