Spread betting preview: Australia v New Zealand, 1st Test November 17, 2004

Trader's tips from Sporting Index

Sporting Index staff

'We're already seeing a few punters backing Ponting' © Getty Images

Both teams come in to this series with recent series wins under their belts, although New Zealand's victory over Bangladesh doesn't quite rate alongside a win in India. Nonetheless, the bookies are reporting plenty of interest in the first Test and the Senior Cricket Trader at Sporting Index had this to say ...

Trader's tips
"Australia have a strong record in Brisbane, and despite their slump in the third Test against India I expect them to bounce back strongly. We're already seeing a few punters backing Ponting in particular, so their expectations are clearly for a better performance than his last outing - and I'd be very surprised if he doesn't deliver more this time.

Fleming has a decent record against the Aussies in recent years, and seems to be one of the few captains capable of making the hosts work a bit harder, especially through his field positions.

Obviously Vettori is the main bowling threat the visitors will rely on, but we'll have to see how much spin he can get from this wicket. Basically, you can't see Australia doing anything but win this match, unless the weather comes in to play, and I wouldn't dare bet against them. Most of our sharper punters will feel the same, and I expect the betting to really pick up as the match begins and our in-running markets become available."

Batsman's runs
Spread betting is ideally suited to cricket given the number of in-running markets the bookies offer. One of Sporting Index's most popular markets is based on a prediction of how many runs a batsman will get over both innings. For example, ahead of this match, below is a sample of some of the opening spreads currently offered:

  • Hayden runs: 93 to 100
  • Langer runs: 80 to 87
  • Ponting runs: 87 to 94
  • Fleming runs: 75 to 82
  • Richardson runs: 70 to 77
  • Styris runs: 65 to 72

    To bet on these markets, you either "bet high" at the higher price if you think he'll score a bunch of runs, or "bet low" if you think that player is out of form and so won't score many. How much you win (or lose) depends on how right (or wrong) you are!

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