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No more Testing times for England as they head to Sri Lanka

| 28.02.2012

ENGLAND ARE the 6/5 favourites to win the Test series in Sri Lanka, according to Ladbrokes.

England (6/5) will be looking to bounce back from the embarrassing 3-0 whitewash in the Test series against Pakistan and wrap up a victory against a weaker Sri Lanka (5/2). It’s 12/5 England take the series 1-0 or 5/1 they win both tour fixtures. The draw can be backed at 15/8.

Buoyed from their consecutive centuries in the ODI series both Alastair Cook and Kevin Pietersen are chalked up at 7/2 to hit a ton in March, with Jonathon Trott also earning at 7/2 quote and captain Andrew Strauss priced at 4/1.

The first Test begins on March 26th with Andy Flower’s men heading in as the 6/4 favourites and the bookies give outsiders Sri Lanka a 5/2 chance.

With the omission of Eoin Morgan and Graham Onions, Ian Bell (6/1) and Ravi Bopara (7/1) have shortened up in the top runscorer betting and the uncapped Samit Patel earns a 16/1 quote. Spinner James Tredwell enters England’s top wicket-taker market at 16/1.

Jessica Bridge of Ladbrokes said: “Punters are piling their ODI and Twenty20 winnings back in to England and we’re expecting another bumper payout to patriotic fans.”

Ladbrokes latest betting

Series Winner
Sri Lanka 5/2
England 6/5
Drawn Series 15/8

Correct Scores
Sri Lanka 2-0 9/1
Sri Lanka 1-0 3/1
England 2-0 5/1
England 1-0 12/5
Drawn Series 0-0 9/2
Drawn Series 1-1 4/1

1st Test Betting
Sri Lanka 5/2
England 6/4
Drawn 6/4

To score 100 in 1st Innings
A Strauss Yes 4/1 No 1/7
A Cook Yes 7/2 No 1/6
J Trott Yes 7/2 No 1/6
K Pietersen Yes 7/2 No 1/6
I Bell Yes 9/2 No 1/8
R Bopara Yes 9/2 No 1/8
M Prior Yes 7/1 No 1/16
J Bairstow Yes 7/1 No 1/16
S Patel Yes 8/1 No 1/25

Top England Series Runscorer
A Cook 7/2
J Trott 4/1
A Strauss 4/1
K Pietersen 4/1
I Bell 6/1
R Bopara 7/1
M Prior 12/1
J Bairstow 16/1
S Patel 16/1
S Broad 33/1

Top England Series Wicket-Taker
G Swann 2/1
M Panesar 3/1
J Anderson 7/2
S Broad 7/2
T Bresnan 12/1
S Finn 12/1
S Patel 16/1
J Tredwell 16/1



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.