India Rank As The Value In The Betting For The ICC Champions Trophy

The much-anticipated 2017 ICC Champions Trophy gets underway on Thursday as England kick things off with their opening group match against Bangladesh - Can Eoin Morgan's men justify favouritism on home soil?

Thursday 1st June - 10.30am OddsWon/LostBet
ICC Champions Trophy    
Tips India to win    Best Bet @ 9 / 2  
Faff Du Plessis top batsman (each way) @ 33 / 1  
Ross Taylor top batsman (each way) @ 50 / 1  

Group A

England are bidding to win a major One Day International tournament for the first time in their history and there is no doubt that they are a different beast in the 50-over format nowadays. They have been reborn in ODI's under the stewardship of Morgan, winning 21 of their 36 matches since the 2015 World Cup debacle, and they are 3/1 favourites on home soil this summer (Betfair).

However, that price is plenty short enough as we have seen so many of England's sports teams collapse under the weight of expectation in the past and the cricket team faces a stiff test in Group A of the Champions trophy.

They are in the same group as the 2006 and 2009 Champions Trophy winners, Australia, who boast the form batsman in this format. David Warner has scored nine ODI hundreds and averages 65.48 since the last World Cup, with Paddy Power going 8/1 for the opener to be top tournament batsman.

Like England, Australia's price of 10/3 is a touch short as they are in a group that also includes New Zealand, who always seem to produce the goods in the group stages of major tournaments. The Black Caps are capable of causing an upset and they should be not be underestimated, particularly with Kane Williamson currently ranked as one of the top batsmen in the world in this format.

The in-form Ross Taylor could be worth a look in the top batsman bracket at 50/1 though (Ladbrokes) as he averages 60.2 in 50-over cricket during the past two years, scoring five hundreds and six fifties, while he averages 45.35 in ODI's in England.

Bangladesh complete Group A and they are dangerous on their day but they are 50/1 outsiders for a reason.

Group B

India are increasingly looking like the team to beat as they enjoy the benefit of a kind start to the tournament in Group B and the defending champions are a stand-out 9/2 with Bet Victor.

Let's not forget that India won this tournament in England four years ago and they have the best Champions Trophy record of any team - Won fifteen matches and lost six. Furthermore, they have won eight of their past nine ODI's in England and the days of them not being able to cope with foreign conditions are a thing of the past, particularly as they appear to have all of the bases covered with their squad

South Africa (4/1) are the world's number one ranked team in 50-over cricket but the Proteas have only won one knockout match in major tournaments and their propensity to choke on the big occasion ensures we will be avoiding them

Looking at their squad, Faff Du Plessis has weighed in with twelve fifties and four hundreds during the past two years of ODI cricket, averaging 58.20 in the process, and he is a juicy 33/1 to be the tournament's top batsman (Ladbrokes).

Elsewhere, Pakistan are the eighth-best ODI side in the world for good reason as they have lost 18 of their last 24 ODI's again the seven teams ranked above them, while Sri Lanka had lost six of their seven ODI's during 2017 prior to their arrival in England.

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Posted: Tuesday, 30th May 2017
Author: Chris Knight

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