England v South Africa 2nd Test Betting Tips

Publish: 07.12.2017

Joe Root could not have hoped for a much better first match as captain of the England test cricket team.

The Yorkshireman admitted that he brought a £1 coin out for the toss at Lord’s as he didn’t know the protocol but when the match got underway he looked assured in his decisions and unaffected by the pressure as he scored a magnificent 190 in the first innings.

England won the first of four scheduled tests by 211 runs but if Root is hoping for an equally emphatic victory at Trent Bridge he may be frustrated. England suffered a worrying batting collapse in their second innings and South Africa will make changes including the return of captain Faf du Plessis.

Top Betting Tips

England to win at 8/13 with Bet365

South Africa opening partnership over 28.5 runs at 10/11 with Sky Bet

Stuart Broad to be England’s top bowler at 4/1 with Betfair

Joe Root to be England’s top batsmen at 11/4 with Coral

Faf du Plessis to be South Africa’s top batsmen at 7/2 with William Hill

Betting Analysis

Truth be told, England weren’t great at Lord’s. The top order was unconvincing in the first innings and the middle order collapsed in the second. Their bowling performance was also patchy save for Moeen Ali who took 10 wickets in the match.

The difference between the two teams was that England had big players like Ali, Root and Jonny Bairstow who played some fabulous cricket at key times. In contrast, South Africa were pretty much terrible across the board.

BBC cricket correspondent, Jonathan Agnew, said that something looked wrong with the Proteas during a training session the day before the test and their lacklustre nature carried right on into the match.

The South African performance was so bad that England have gone from evens in the first test to the best price of 8/13 with Bet365 for the second.

Faf du Plessis will have to give his players a kick up the behind to ensure that they raise their levels for Trent Bridge and they should be more competitive. Beating England is a different challenge all together though.

Therefore, we recommend backing England to get the win again but also having a bet on the South African opening partnership to be over 28.5 runs which is 10/11 with Sky Bet.

Moeen Ali’s aggressive bowling at Lord’s was incredible but it’s unlikely that he’ll be England’s top bowler at Trent Bridge. South Africa are considering picking four seamers for the Nottingham ground as it’s a pitch where fast bowlers tend to outperform spinners.

Of the England pace options, nobody would be happier to take the most wickets than Stuart Broad on his home ground.

Broad only took two wickets in the first test but he didn’t get his just desserts in the first innings and the second was the Moeen show. At a ground that he is comfortable on, Broad can take full advantage against an attack that is prone to falling apart so back him to be England’s top bowler at 4/1 with Betfair.

As for top batsmen bets, it could be down to the captains to set the standard once more. So, bet on Root to be England’s top runscorer at 11/4 with Coral and du Plessis to do likewise for South Africa at 7/2 with William Hill.

Joe Root

Joe Root

Key Battles

Seam bowling is going to play a major role in the outcome of the second test. It is, therefore, a huge blow to South Africa that Kagiso Rabada will miss out due to suspension.

The 22-year-old was caught on camera telling Ben Stokes to “f**k off” after dismissing the England batsmen and added to a previous sanction for an altercation in an ODI means he was handed an automatic ban which will affect the Proteas’ chances of getting stuck into the England batting line up.

The South African response to Rabada’s absence is likely to be calling up Duanne Olivier. He’s another very pacey bowler who won’t hold back in attacking England’s batsmen but his relative lack of test experience could prove to be an issue.

The issue of team selection for South Africa is further complicated by JP Duminy’s lack of form. They could opt to drop Theunis de Bruyn and bring in all-rounder Chris Morris to bolster both their batting and bowling.

From England’s perspective, they’ll need to come up with plans to deal with a new look opposition but they’ll feel they’ve got the mix of quality, confidence and experience to win specific battles and take a 2-0 lead in the series.

Predicted Teams

England – Cook, Jennings, Ballance, Root, Bairstow, Stokes, Ali, Dawson, Broad, Wood, Anderson

South Africa – Elgar, Kuhn, Amla, du Plessis, Bavuma, Morris, de Kock, Philander, Olivier, Maharaj, Morkel