Sri Lanka get tantalising price boost for the World Cup during England ODI

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Preparations for the Cricket World Cup, to be held in Australia and New Zealand in February next year, are ramping up for all the major nations and, not wanting to be left out of the excitement, Ladbrokes have followed their lead.

As the countdown to the tournament ticks ever closer to zero, the bookie has taken the decision to boost the price of both Sri Lanka and England to win the trophy until the first wicket falls in the pair’s 3rd ODI on Wednesday.

Sri Lanka, hosts of the current seven-game series England are involved in, are out from 7/1 to 14s, while Alastair Cook’s men have also seen their odds to claim the World Cup double from 10/1 to 20s.

While many punters are likely to want something closer to 50/1 before even considering the Three Lions given their current woeful 50-over form, the boost to Sri Lanka’s odds is a thoroughly enticing prospect.

A phenomenal record at major tournaments makes Angelo Mathews’ side a real prospect when heading Down Under in the new year, while the possibility of signing off the careers of a couple of the country’s greatest stars with a win is a script that has played out before.

Since 2003, Sri Lanka have reached the semi-finals or better in three straight 50-over World Cups, finishing as the runner’s up in the last two.

In the T20 version, the country have continued their consistency, reaching one semi, claiming two silver medals and one title in the last four editions.

That victory came in the latest tournament in Bangladesh this year and allowed idolised batsmen Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara to retire from the format on a high.

With their careers in 50-over cricket also winding to a close, the chance of letting them sign off as world champions is a good one.

The boosted prices will be available from 8:45am on Wednesday 3 December and will be promoted until the first wicket falls in the 3rd ODI between Sri Lanka and England on the same day. Terms and conditions can be found here.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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