Bet on India vs Australia – Final warm-up before Ashes series

The first of the two test series between India and Australia starts in the early hours of Friday morning and the two are inseparable in the betting.

The last time Australia visited India they entered the two match Test series ranked the world’s number one Test side which they promptly lost 2-0.

Roles have been reversed this year with India now ranked as the world’s best Test side as Australia slip to fourth, and a series loss for Australia, priced at 15/8, would see them fall to fifth behind England before the Ashes series starts.

India are sweating on the fitness of Harbhajan Singh and a decision will be made on his ankle injury on Friday morning, with Pragyan Ojha likely to assume the lead spinner role in his absence.

Leading series wicket-taker

Ojha is 3/1 to be India’s leading series wicket-taker and if Singh isn’t fit to play, Ojha can take advantage of his absence and establish himself as India’s main threat to Australia’s chances of winning.

Australia are set to make just the one change from the team that lost to Pakistan with Steven Smith making way for Nathan Hauritz after the spinner recovered from a foot injury.

Mitchell Johnson is the 5/2 to be Australia’s leading series wicket-taker but Hauritz will want to prove his form ahead of the Ashes and is 3/1 to be the leading wicket-taker.

Match Odds

Australia have won just six of their 22 Tests in India since 2001 and lost both Tests that were played at Mohali in 2008, but the Aussies are 9/4 to reverse that trend and win.

Six of those 22 matches were drawn and the draw is the favourite result at 1/1, but India seem a big price at 9/4 to beat Australia considering they have won 10 of those 22 matches.

India are 8/1 to win the series 2-0. See the full India vs Australia betting odds market here.