The cricket World Cup is being held in New Zealand and Australia. Despite the time difference between the UK and Australasia, games are broadcast live on television and fans are certain to be tuning in throughout the league and knockout stages right up to the final in Melbourne at the end of March. It is 40 years since the first final was held at Lords, when the West Indies beat Australia in a high scoring game. It will bring some cheer during winter for those who are looking forward to the summer. There are fourteen teams playing in leagues of seven with eight going forward to the knockout stages. Gamblers who enjoy a bet to add to their enjoyment of a game can now do so online.
The two home countries are among the favourites. Australia is the top ranked 50 overs team in the world and will be hoping to regain the trophy they last won eight years ago. India is the current holder, winning on home soil in 2011 and the reigning champions are ranked second currently. New Zealand is only 6th but their recent form suggests that they are worth a gamble. Both of the co hosts are in the same league together with former Champions Sri Lanka and England.
The odds suggest Australia is the team to beat but those interested in betting may well decide there is better value elsewhere. It only takes a major innings from a top batsman like Chris Gayle for the West Indies to be dangerous against anyone.
Websites are available every second of the day, so it is possible to place a bet on your mobile and sit down to watch the action through the night. Cricketers these days seem to be busy right around the year especially those that play traditional Test Cricket as well as the 20 over and 50 over versions.
Melbourne is a huge ground with a capacity of around 100,000. If Australia is in the final, it will be an exciting place to be at the end of March. Those who want to bet against the four time champions may well decide that South Africa, who has never won this Cup before, will be worth a bet. It is the leading Test nation with a strong, fast-bowling attack.
An iphone is an ideal way to keep in touch with proceedings if you cannot get in front of a television. You can place your bets online with many alternatives to choose from. Whether one of the minnows can pull off a shock is questionable. Such things have happened before and the odds will be good for anyone deciding to choose the likes of Scotland or Ireland to beat one of the established Test countries.