The Cricket World Cup takes center stage in the UK over the next month with the batsman expected to dominate proceedings as we so often see in the 50-over format. Form Labs bring you their betting tips for who could end up as the top batsman for the tournament while we bring you plenty of value with our section of enhanced odds and player specials.
Top Batsman Market Competitive
In a tournament where the bat is expected to dominate the Top Batsman market looks very competitive.
With every team playing at least nine matches, the picks don’t necessarily have to be from a team that is going to make the semi-finals, but what is important, is choosing someone who is likely to feature in all nine round-robin fixtures. Facing the likes of Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka is where batsman could really cash in, but they are also the games where there may be squad rotation.
Opening Batsman Worth Looking At?
Four of the last five World Cup top runscorers have been openers and with the opportunity to bat for longest, and make full use of the first powerplay, it’s understandable that many of the top-two in the line-ups are towards the head of the market.
However, the market leaders, Virat Kohli (7.50) and Joe Root (10.00), both come in at three and at those kind of prices, ideally, we’d want an opener.
The England opening pair are an obvious place to start. In just 26 innings together, Jonny Bairstow and Jason Roy have overtaken Alastair Cook and Ian Bell as England’s highest scoring opening paring, striking an incredible 7.20 runs per over on the way to their tally of 1,675 runs.
However, we’re reluctant to back either as they tend to share the burden of run scoring and their gung-ho manner means there is a higher chance of failure.
Finch Should Start Every Game For Australia
They are very similar in the betting as well, whereas there is a disparity in the Australian opening pair, and we’re not quite sure why. There is a lot of attention surrounding David Warner’s return to the side and expectations are high after a sensational IPL tournament.
However, at 11.00, he looks a little short having been away from the international scene for a while. There is also the treatment he is likely to receive from the crowd and over the last four years, he’s averaged just 28 in England.
The left-hander could also be replaced by Usman Khawaja at the top of the order against one of the weaker teams, whereas captain Aaron Finch (17.00) should play every game. He’s got a better record in England than Warner and over the last two years at all venues, averages 52 in ODIs.
Amla Will Anchor The Innings For The Proteas
India’s opening partnership of Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan is another to look out for, but at more generous prices, the South African duo catch our eye. Quinton de Kock (19.00) averages 49 over the last two years and arrives off the back of a successful IPL campaign.
He will be assigned with getting the Proteas off to a fast start, whereas Hashim Amla (34.00) will look to anchor the innings.
The 36-year-old has more of a classic technique but opening up he could spend a lot of time out in the middle.
He was out of touch earlier in the year, but a return to a country where he has a fantastic record could see him revitalised.
He averages close to 57 in ODIs in England and got back in the runs in a recent warm-up game against Sri Lanka.
We wouldn’t put anyone off backing either, but on value terms, Amla is the one who has been underestimated in the market.
We’re not just restricting ourselves to openers though and with each-way terms, there are some top order batmen who look a little overpriced.
Morgan And Taylor Also Offer Value
There is plenty of strength in depth in the England batting line-up and while there is much praise around their opening partnership and Jos Buttler’s explosive brilliance in the latter stage of the innings, Eoin Morgan (26.00) is actually England’s top runscorer in 2019 – averaging 70 from eight innings.
The captain’s form tends to go through peaks and troughs, and he looks to be peaking nicely ahead of leading the side out in a home World Cup.
Another who looks massively overpriced is Ross Taylor (34.00). When New Zealand last toured here in 2015, Taylor score two centuries and a half-century in the five-match series (42 & 47 in the other two matches).
Only behind Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma in the ODI rankings, Taylor has been a high-class white ball operator for some time now, averaging just shy of 50 from 203 innings for the Black Caps.
Top Batsman Betting Tips
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