England vs India 5th Test Preview & Betting Tips

September 8th 2021, 11:17am, By: Mr.Cricket

England vs India 5th Test Preview

What a series it's been so far, and we still have one Test to come! The 5th and final Test between England and India kicks off on Friday night and once again we have you covered with a full preview and betting tips for the clash below.

Remember to check out our Cricket Tips page for all of the cricket news in the lead up to what is set to be a massive 2021-22 Summer of cricket with BBL11 and The Ashes! 

England vs India 5th Test Betting Tips

Old Trafford, Friday 10th September, 8.00pm (AEST)

It was a great result for BYB and followers in the 4th Test as we hit on India to win the Test at odds of $2.50. The Indians now lead the series 2-1 and will need a win or a draw in this Test to reclaim the Pataudi Trophy for the first time since all the way back in 2007.

England Squad

Joe Root (c), Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Jonny Bairstow, Rory Burns, Sam Curran, Haseeb Hameed, Dan Lawrence, Jack Leach, Dawid Malan, Craig Overton, Ollie Pope, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood

As we predicted in our 4th Test preview, so much weight was on Joe Root’s shoulders in the English batting order that it seemed inevitable that the dam was going to burst sooner or later. Aside from an Ollie Pope 80 in the 1st innings and a decent opening partnership in the 2nd, there was really no fight shown from the English batsmen.

As a result, Jos Buttler and Jack Leach have been called back into the squad for the 5th Test, which makes me think that the English side might opt to play just three paceman and one full time spinner, adding Buttler at No.7, lengthening a struggling batting line-up.

Jimmy Anderson, Chris Woakes and Ollie Robinson look like the three locks in the pace attack.

India Squad

Virat Kohli (C), Ajinkya Rahane, Mayank Agarwal, Ravi Ashwin, Jasprit Bumra, Abhimanyu Easwaran, Ravi Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, Rishabh Pant, Axar Patel, Cheteshwar Pujara, KL Rahul, Wriddhiman Saha, Ishant Sharma, Rohit Sharma, Prithvi Shaw, Shardul Thakur, Hanuma Vihari, Umesh Yadav, Suryakumar Yadav

The key difference between the two sides in the 4th Test was the Indian form with the bat. While they made just 191 in the first innings on the back of 50s from Virat Kohli and Shardul Thakur, everyone came to the party in the 2nd innings.

8 of the 11 players in the Indian line-up passed the 20 run mark in their 2nd innings, led by a brilliant 127 from Rohit Sharma as the Indians piled on 466 to set up a winning score.

When the battling line-up plays like they did in the 2nd innings, there is absolutely no issue playing four seamers and Ravi Jadeja at No.7. The only question in the Indian team selection is which four seamers they decide to go with. Thakur gave them great lower order runs, so he will likely get another chance alongside Bumrah, Siraj and one more out of Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Shami.

Match Preview

Luckily for the English side, they currently hold the Pataudi Trophy, so a win here would see the series end in a 2-2 tie and the home side retain the trophy. They can’t win the series, but retaining the trophy is the next best thing, so there is still plenty to play for this weekend.

Unfortunately, it looks like weather is set to play a big part in this Test match, with early forecasts suggesting rain on Friday, Saturday and Sunday in Manchester. With the Indians only needing a draw to secure the series win and the trophy for the first time since 2007, they will likely be doing rain dances at Old Trafford in the lead up to the Test.

With the Indian batting line-up having found some form in the 2nd innings of The Oval Test, it’s hard to see them being beaten in what will likely be a largely reduced overs Test. I think the Indian bowlers have started to figure Joe Root out to a degree as well, and another failure from the English captain in the 1st innings will make it near impossible for England to win.

Back the Indians to win this one in the ‘draw no bet’ market as a safety net for a rain affected game.


2021 Rugby Union: Australia v South Africa Game 2 Betting Tips

There’s nothing like upsetting the World Cup champions to restore some positive vibes around the Wallabies. After a good Wallabies win, they will square off against the Spring Bok in Game 2 from 5.05pm on Saturday night! Check out our preview and betting tips for Jim Tucker here read more

Horse Racing Tips: Saturday, September 18th

It’s high-quality Group 1 racing around the country today with meetings at Randwick, Gold Coast and Caulfield. We’ll see Verry Elleegant tackle the George Main Stakes while Caulfield hosts the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes. read more

2021 NRL Semi Final: Panthers vs Eels Preview & Betting Tips

The 2nd semi final of the week in the NRL will see the Penrith Panthers square off against the Parramatta Eels from BB Print Stadium on Saturday night! As always, Scooby has you covered with a full preview and betting tips for the clash here read more

UFC Fight Night: Smith vs Spann Betting Tips

The Apex Center in Las Vegas, Nevada plays host to this weekend’s UFC Fight Night card. Headlining the card is Anthony Smith and Ryan Spann and as always, we have you covered with our best bets for the card from Ben Talintyre here! read more


Best Australian Sports Betting Apps

What are the best Australian sports betting apps? Punters love the convenience of betting on mobile, so we thought we'd look at the best sports betting apps available today, to help you choose the best sports betting site for your iOS or Android mobile device. We highlight our top five Australian sports betting apps based on the usability and features of their app, as well as key mobile app features from all of our partnered sports betting sites. read more

Best Australian Sports Betting Sites

The best Australian sports betting sites ensure safe and successful online betting for punters. Here's our list of the best sports betting options in Australia. read more

Performance Ratings & Pricing with Julian Vallance with Sportsbet

Julian Vallance from Sportsbet takes us through some of the key factors which he uses with pricing upcoming horse races such as performance ratings. Check out his video from Sportsbet here. read more

What is Over-Round and How do Sportsbooks Make Money?

Over-Round is an important concept for both punters and sportsbooks. It's how Australian sportsbooks make money! All punters should understand over-round, how to spot it, and how to find better value on the Betfair Exchange. read more


2021 AFL Brownlow Medal: Team Voting

The Brownlow Team Votes markets are one of the first to be released across the major sports betting sites, and there's some early value around for sharp punters. Don't bother paying for Brownlow tip packages when we have all the information you need for free! read more

2021 AFL Brownlow Medal: Round Voting

We dive into the 2021 Brownlow Medal count with and an overview of round voting throughout the evening to look at the way the count may unfold. We also look at some of the popular betting markets such as who polled in the most games and who will collect the most 3 votes. read more

2021 AFL Brownlow Medal Votes Round 23

Round 23 was an absolute classic round with several dramatic matches and some amazing results. The main Brownlow focus was Friday night's game where the two Brownlow favourites in Ollie Wines and Marcus Bontempelli went head to head! Check out our Round 23 Brownlow vote predictions here! read more

2021 AFL Brownlow Medal Votes Round 22

Many of our Brownlow contenders missed out in Round 22 action, which means we may be heading for Brownlow showdown between Ollie Wines and Marcus Bontempelli as they clash next week! Check out where our votes went with our AFL Round 22 Brownlow vote predictions! read more

TAB Brownlow