Four cricket betting tips that Adam Drury thinks you should consider for the first Test between England and South Africa.


Joe Root to score over 33.5 first innings runs

Root has made a minimum of 86* in one innings of each of his four Test matches so far this summer.

Considering that he made first-innings scores of 190, 78 and 29 on South Africa’s last tour of England, it makes sense to back the best batter in the world to go big again.

Keegan Petersen to score over 23.5 first innings runs

Petersen has made a good start to his Test career, scoring half-centuries in three of his last four first innings.

He has reached double figures in his last 11 Test innings so this looks like a low runs line.

James Anderson to be England’s top first-innings wicket-taker

Anderson will become the first 40-year-old to play for England this century at Lord’s this week.

He can celebrate by getting among the wickets on a ground where he has taken three, five, two, five and four in the first innings in his last five Tests.

Kagiso Rabada to be South Africa’s top first-innings wicket-taker

Rabada is South Africa’s number one bowler, taking a superb 41 wickets across his last seven matches.

He took three, three and four wickets in the first innings of his three Tests on South Africa’s last tour of England.


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