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Cricket and Live Betting: Key tips to keep in mind



Last Updated on 3 years by Charbel Coorey

Cricket and Live Betting: Key tips to keep in mind

Live betting, otherwise known as in-play betting, is placing bets during the match after it starts and until the bookmaker closes the bets. Live betting is widespread in football, basketball, golf and cricket. But, how can you use it to your advantage?

The key differentiator:

The main advantage of live betting on online sportsbook sites is that you can place bets instantly; sometimes before the sportsbook adjust their odds to reflect the match outcome. Arguably, events within the match are subjective, but with the right strategy and forethought, you can improve your returns and reduce risk. In-play betting offers cricket betting punters an excellent opportunity to open and adjust bets as the match changes.

Let’s take a look at the factors affecting the match outcomes and live betting odds.

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Cricket is affected by several factors and events which change the winning team’s odds. The toss of the coin, rainfall during the match or overnight, how the wicket is turning, player injuries (e.g. Glenn McGrath 2005 Ashes series) and many others. Each of these isolated incidents can change the match odds significantly. Keep an eye on these and make a decision accordingly.

Weather conditions are probably the most significant external factor in Test match cricket played in England. You can sit in the Old Trafford stands watching major storm clouds miss the ground but less than a mile. Had two or three more reached the ground, the 2019 Ashes match would have been a draw.

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Other types of factors affecting Test match odds are individual player performances. In the same series, Steve Smith’s recent Ashes performance was an excellent opportunity for in-play betting. The guy couldn’t get out. Australia were in trouble every time he walked out to bat. The odds heavily favoured an England win, and yet each time Smith scored enough runs to turn the match around into Australia’s favour.

Next time Australia are two down for not many and Smith walks in, check out the odds on a century, a half-century or Australia win if the odds are above 4’s. If he fails, you can then immediately exit the bet and minimise your losses. Live betting allows you the opportunity to punters to open and close positions as the match ebbs and flows.

You will need to open a betting account before the match starts and submit any “know your customer” account information. Once your account is confirmed, deposit your wager pot and off you go. A useful tip; look out for exclusive welcome bonuses to improve your returns. Some betting sites offer cashback on losses, 100% profit boost, 100% bonus or even free bets. Before activating any welcome offers always read the terms and conditions.

Also read: Should the toss be removed from Test cricket?

Charbel Coorey
Charbel Coorey
Charbel is the owner & founder of, based in Sydney, Australia. He started the website to fulfill his love for the game of cricket. Charbel has been featured on other publications including OP India, Times of India, and The Roar, among others. He is also a keen fantasy sports player. Charbel has also had the privilege of interviewing cricketers on the CricBlog TV YouTube channel, including James Neesham, Rassie van der Dussen, Andrew Tye, Shreyas Gopal, Jaydev Unadkat and Saurabh Netravalkar: For any story tips or questions, you can contact Charbel at

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