England got their series against India off to the perfect start with a resounding win at Lord’s where they looked by far the better team.
England were sharper in every department and they looked in control throughout apart from a wobble at the start of day four. They will be looking to carry on their momentum at Trent Bridge where they should have the better bowling attack to suit the conditions. England go into the match as favourites with the bookies at a price of 5/4 in most places.
India were a little unlucky that they had a few things forced upon them during the Test match at Lord’s. Zaheer Khan looks unlikely to play in Nottingham after a hamstring injury and he could also be out of the third Test. Sachin Tendulkar should have recovered from a viral infection by the end of the week. India are 9/2 with bookmaker Victor Chandler to level the series.
England have a number of top batsmen who are all proving popular with the bookies at the moment. Kevin Pietersen, Jonathan Trott and Alastair Cook are all rated as having an equal chance of being top scorer in the second game with a number of bookmakers. Cook had a bad Test match at Lord’s but has shown he can now be quite consistent at the highest level.
Tendulkar is the only man to be backed in the India side in a batting sense for this second game. He looked very nervous at Lord’s but should have sorted out his illness and his confidence issues before the second game. He is the one player in the Indian side who can put together a massive score which would make a win for England at Nottingham almost impossible.
Graeme Swann has to be backed as the potential top wicket taker for England through the second Test match. Swann is bowling on his home ground where he is likely to get a little more assistance from the wicket than he got at Lord’s. Swann still bowled well in London but he may be the key if India deal with the English seamers a lot better second time round.
An interesting bet is for England to have the highest opening partnership of the second Test match at 8/11 in most places. Captain Andrew Strauss and Cook have put together a brilliant relationship which has proved a pain in the side of many teams over the last 18 months. Both players will be looking to score big hundreds to help their team win the game.
Betfair is also offering a 19/20 bet on there being a ten wicket haul for any bowler at some point during the series. Swann will be looking to cash in during this match and he is more than capable of taking at least five wickets in each innings. James Anderson will also be looking to carry on his good form after picking up five wickets to put himself on the honours board at Lord’s.