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Cricket free bets, betting tips and offers: 2021

Cricket fans tend to have an obsession with the game and the sport is now more accessible than ever due to the rise of T20 competitions around the world.

Although cricket is only played in a relatively small number of countries, it is a truly global game popular in all corners of the planet – which means there is almost always a match somewhere.

With in-play cricket betting commonplace there are plenty of angles to exploit on bookmakers‘ markets, with lots of choice when it comes to cricket free bets as well.

Cricket Betting Update: 2021

England have a huge year of cricket ahead of them, they face India both home and away before an Ashes series down under to round things off.

After an impressive win in Sri Lanka, England will be confident of at least handling the turning pitches they are going to face in India this February and March, though of course, the opposition is much stronger.

India come here on the back of an excellent series win in Australia, and will feel more at home now back on the turning pitches in the backyard.

India are favourites to win the series, and will be favourites to win each game, but England may be capable of causing an upset once on this tour, despite everything being against them.

Cricket Betting Tips

How to get cricket free bets

Using cricket free bets is a great way to enjoy risk-free gambling on this captivating sport.

Bookmakers offer deals such as cricket free bets to tempt people into signing up for an account on their sites, rather than with a rival operator in the industry.

We have all the best welcome offers right here, along with details on how to claim them.

Getting cricket free bets usually involves making a deposit and placing a qualifying wager, then the free bets will be automatically added to your account for you to use.

All bookmakers work in a slightly different way for these deals, so always check the small print of the terms and conditions beforehand to make sure you know what you are signing up for.

What to think about when betting on cricket

A variety of factors need to be taken into account when betting on cricket, with form and team news towards the top of the list, as in other sports such as football and rugby union.

But unlike other sports, the state of the pitch has a massive role to play in the result of a cricket match. A bouncy pitch will suit teams with rapid bowlers, while a surface that offers turn will provide encouragement to those who have elite spinners amid their ranks.

The surface has an impact on what teams will do if they win the toss, so it is often worth waiting until as close as possible to the start of a match before placing a bet on the outcome.

Like the pitch, weather is also very important when it comes to betting on cricket. Rain affects matches on a regular basis, sometimes making it impossible for either side to win, while a break at the right time can have a significant impact on a team’s chances of success.

Domestic competitions for cricket betting has listed the top cricket betting tournaments in the UK:

  • Bob Willis Trophy – The four-day competition involves counties like Surrey, Yorkshire, Lancashire, Essex and Durham. Separate from the County Championship, the tournament is expected to return to its usual format in 2021, depending on what happens with COVID-19
  • T20 Blast – England’s domestic T20 competition attracts global talent from around the world with stars such as Glenn Maxwell and Babar Azam regularly taking part in the tournament
  • One-Day Cup – Marginalised in the schedules, the One-Day Cup still has betting opportunities
  • The Hundred – Set to be launched in 2021 after its first season was delayed due to coronavirus, The Hundred is a slightly shorter form of T20 that will run alongside the Blast

International competitions for cricket betting

Here are the top cricket competitions to bet on around the world:

  • The Ashes – Cricket’s most famous contest sees England face off against old rivals Australia in five-match Test series around once every two years, with the teams playing for the tiny urn
  • World Test Championship – A new ICC competition, all Test series see teams win points that go towards their chances of qualifying for the final, which is set to be played at Lord’s in 2021
  • Cricket World Cup – Most recently won by England in stunning fashion in 2019 after they beat New Zealand in a Super Over, the World Cup is arguably the pinnacle of the sport
  • T20 World Cup – Taking place every two years compared to the Cricket World Cup which is every two years, the T20 World Cup guarantees thrills and spills from elite players
  • Global T20 tournaments – Competitions of note include the Indian Premier League, the Super Smash, the Big Bash, the Pakistan Super League and the Caribbean Premier League

Cricket betting markets to watch

Cricket has heaps of betting markets for fans to pick from, whether you want to place wagers before play starts or while it is ongoing, which makes it a fantastic sport to bet on.

Naturally, cricket fans can bet on the winner of a match, series or tournament, but the lesser-known markets are where a lot of the most exciting action tends to happen.

Value from bookmakers can typically be found in betting on the top batsman or bowler in a series or tournament, with these wagers settled by who records the most runs or wickets.

In-play cricket betting markets can include the next method of dismissal and how many runs will be scored in the coming over, so the options are plentiful.

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