England vs India – Draw looks the pick of the betting at 7/4


With England and India both facing bowling dilemmas ahead of the second Test at Trent Bridge, the draw looks the best bet even if we are to have a full five days play.

Chris Tremlett is a doubt for England with Tim Bresnan at the ready to replace the seamer while India will make a very late decision on the fitness of Zaheer Khan and with Trent Bridge historically being a batsman’s pitch, we could see some high scores.

England (11/10 to win) may be brimming with confidence following their first Test victory but they must beware a wounded animal in India (3/1) and there were plenty of positives for India to take in defeat.

Virender Sehwag’s absence remains a blow but India’s top order but Abhinav Mukund proved an able deputy in the first Test and India’s batting attack remains one of the best in the world.

It’s been almost 30 years since England beat India in a second Test and they have only registered one win over India in four attempts at Trent Bridge, and that was back in 1959.

The two sides have met in eight second Tests since 1990 and five of them were drawn with India winning the other three, two on English soil.

In the 13 innings these two have competed in at Trent Bridge, six of them have seen the batting side score over 400 runs and the last three Test matches at the Nottingham venue have all produced over 1100 runs.

Both bowling attacks are going to toil over the next five days paving the way for centuries to be scored.

Sachin Tendulkar is favoured at 9/1 to lift the man of the match trophy and he is 4/1 to grab century in his first innings.

Kevin Pieteresen is bang in form and he is 9/2 to score a first innings century, but Jonathan Trott remains as impressive as ever and he looks the better bet at 4/1 to get a first innings century.

We should prepare for batsman spending hours at the crease and the draw looks the best option at 7/4.