Cricket By Rupert Adams

England Backed To Beat South Africa

England are the well backed favourites to beat South Africa in the first test at Lords that starts on Thursday. The batting line up look very strong and new Captain Joe Root is the 11/4 favourite to top score, closely followed by Alastair Cook at 3/1. England are 5/6 to score 351 or more runs.

“Our customers like the look of England’s batting side and are expecting runs galore,” said William Hill spokesman Rupert Adams.

England first Innings runs: 5/6 350 or less, 5/6 351 or more

First Test: 10/11 England, 11/4 South Africa, 5/2 Draw

Top England Bat (1st Innings): 11/4 Root, 3/1 Cook, 11/2 Balance, 11/2 Jennings, 13/2 Bairstow, 7/1 Stokes, 14/1 Ali, 20/1 Dawson, 80/1 Broad, 80/1 Roland Jones, 125/1 Anderson, 125/1 Wood

Top Bowler (1st Innings): 3/1 Anderson, 10/3 Broad, 7/2 Wood, 9/2 Roland-Jones, 5/1 Stokes, 13/2 Dawson, 7/1 Ali, 20/1 Root