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Bet on spinners to take wickets at Cricket World Cup

| 15.02.2011

With spin bowlers likely to have a major say on which nation wins the Cricket World Cup, there are some big prices on offer in relation to which bowler will finish the tournament as the top wicket taker.

Sri Lankan pace bowler Lasith Malinga is the favourite in the World Cup betting at 12/1 to take the most wickets, while Brett Lee has been in fine recent form for Australia and 16/1 looks more than respectable about his chances.

However, with fast bowlers largely dominating the head of the betting market, better value can be found at bigger odds with the spinners.

Pitches in the sub continent are known for their turn, as New Zealand recently discovered in their World Cup warm up game against Australia.

This has led to both Scott Styris and Ross Taylor speaking out on the influential role that Daniel Vettori may need to play if they are to reach the latter stages of the tournament.

The slow left-arm spinner took 16 wickets in the last World Cup in the West Indies and is 33/1 to be the top wicket taker.

Sri Lanka are another team expected to go well and veteran off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan is aiming to end his career on a high at the end of the tournament.

Murali is 20/1 in the World Cup betting to take the most wickets and has featured prominently at the head of the wicket standings in the last two tournaments.

Hosts India will be hoping that leading spinner Harbhajan Singh will be back among the wickets and he is 20/1, while England’s Graeme Swann has proven in the past his ability to take wickets and he is available at 33/1.

A £25 stake on Pakistan’s Umar Gul, who has impressed at taking wickets in T20 games in the past, would return £500. New customers can sign up here for a free £25 bet.



Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.