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Largely due to its popularity on the sub-continent cricket is the second most popular sport in the world, behind only football. Therefore the popularity of cricket free bets is huge within the world of online gambling as fans look to seize opportunities to bet on their favourite sport.

Cricket free bets can be used to punt on any format of the game, from Test match cricket to One Day Internationals and the increasingly popular Twenty20 matches. Within these different formats of the game there is the option to use your cricket free bets on markets as diverse as the match winner and top team run scorer or the method of the next dismissal and number of runs scored in an innings.

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Cricket Betting - June 2022

As the summer begins to take shape once more and with no chants of ‘It’s Coming Home’ ringing through pub beer gardens in the UK in 2022 due to the impending winter football World Cup in Qatar – cricket once again crow bars its way into the imagination of the sporting public. In terms of participation across the world, cricket is the second most followed sport on the planet, and it has long grown out of its British colonial heritage, to be one of the most vibrant and forward thinking sports on earth.

Whilst to some it can be the most confusing and potentially tedious sport around, to others cricket is vortex of statistical data and records, which for any sports punter is of course, an opportunity to win money! The global cricketing calendar is more diverse than ever before, with a multitude of formats of the game, played in Asia, Europe, America, and Australia all year round – again another serious tick in the box for any sports betting enthusiasts that feed from being able to bet on as many events as possible. In addition to the ever-growing men’s game, the women’s game is one of the fastest growing sports in the world too – giving cricket a real platform to build on in 2022 and beyond.

Men's Test Cricket betting

"What a difference a year makes!"

At the beginning of 2022, English Test Match cricket was rocked to the core. With poor performances on the pitch (most notably recording just 1 win from 17 Test Matches), captain Joe Root was relieved of his duties as skipper.

This decision coincided with a catalogue of errors within the coaching team and board level too, with coach Chris Silverwood and Director of Cricket Ashley Giles being moved on swiftly. However, this seismic change did provide the opportunity for a clean slate and the decision to employ Ben Stokes as Test match captain, New Zealand legend Brendon McCullum as coach and former England batter Rob Key as the new Director of Cricket, seems to have paid off.

With two Test Matches completed already in the burgeoning English summer, England have picked up two incredible wins against New Zealand – who just happen to be the highest ranked Test side in the world and there is genuine cause for optimism moving forward. Going 2-0 up in the three match series, has given England an unassailable lead but Ben Stokes’s side still have plenty to play for this summer.

England 2022 Home Test Match Fixtures

  • June 23rd – England vs New Zealand – Headingley - 3rd Test (ENG lead 2-0)
  • July 1st – England vs India – Edgbaston – 5th Test (IND lead 2-1)*
  • August 17th – England vs South Africa – Lord’s – 1st Test
  • August 25th – England vs South Africa – Old Trafford – 2nd Test
  • September 8th – England vs South Africa – The Oval – 3rd Test
    *One test remaining from 2021 season


One of the hallmarks of the chaotic and ultimately underwhelming Chris Silverwood reign was the negativity surrounding the batting line up. Chopping and changing of openers, players within the order and a lack of Test Match quality exposure proved too much for the likes of Dominic Sibley, Haseeb Hameed, and Rory Burns.

However, moving into 2022 England look far more settled and there are a whole host of names contributing on the biggest stage of all. Openers Alex Lees and Zak Crawley have been given increased license to score quickly at the top of the order, playing styles that clearly suit their games and the early signs for the pair are positive.

Perhaps the biggest move so far in the order has been the introduction of Ollie Pope at number three, with the Surrey batsman clearly empowered by his move up the order and his talent seems to know no bounds.
With two centuries already to his name in the English summer of 2022, Joe Root continues to underline his credentials as one of the best batters in the world and when he plies his trade at number 4, there are few better in world cricket.

The explosive Jonny Bairstow looks to have been asked to carry the can at number 5, and the Yorkshireman will be looking to transfer his impeccable limited overs record to the Test arena. Captain Ben Stokes is the linchpin of this England side and having him at number 6 is reminiscent of the Flintoff and Botham eras of yesteryear and the man from Durham continually produces the goods when he’s up against it.

Jos Buttler and Jonny Bairstow have both rattled around with the gloves in recent seasons, but Ben Foakes looks to have made serious strides already in 2022 to make the wicket-keeper batsmen spot his own and the Surrey man is a hugely consistent performer.

Whilst it is still early days in the Stokes/McCullum tenure, the English test match batting line up finally looks to have a mix of balance, ability, and confidence – something that certainly couldn’t have been said in the past couple of years.

2022 England Test Match Cricket - Top Run Scorer Odds

  1. Joe Root – 7/10

  2. Jonny Bairstow – 4/1

  3. Ben Stokes – 6/1

  4. Ollie Pope – 13/2
Alex Lees – 12/1

  6. Zak Crawley – 12/1
Ben Foakes – 33/1


For all the conjecture and intrigue surrounding the England Test Match side at the back end of 2021, it was the bowling department that generally managed to remain consistent. That was however, until the previous regime decided to drop England’s two greatest ever fast bowlers in the form of Jimmy Anderson and Stuart Broad. Poor performances on the pitch and even poorer attempts to justify those decisions in the media were just a handful of the reasons England struggled last year but very little of that fault can lay at the door of the bowlers.

The aforementioned Stuart Broad and Jimmy Anderson have snared almost 1200 Test Match wickets between them, Broad and Anderson’s are two genuine legends of the game and their performances already in 2022 have proven that they are an integral part of what England are trying to achieve.

Injuries have decimated the English bowling line up outside of Broad and Anderson, with the likes of Chris Woakes, Mark Wood and Jofra Archer all having succumbed to lengthy layoffs over the past few months. Consequently, the selectors have looked for the men in form in the County Championship to fill the void and look to have found their man in the form of Durham seamer Matty Potts, who has slotted into Test Match cricket beautifully.

Ben Stokes also provides a genuine pace option for England, who will be on the look out for new talent constantly, with the notion that Broad and Anderson can’t go on forever, looming large. Perhaps the only piece of the jigsaw currently for England is a front-line spinner, with Jack Leach’s cult like status often masking some average performances with the ball in hand.

Matt Parkinson has been given a go already this summer, with talk of Moeen Ali being tempted out of Test Match retirement, as the spinner issue continues to revolve for England.

2022 England Test Match Cricket – Most Wickets Odds

  1. Stuart Broad – 21/10

  2. Jimmy Anderson – 3/1

  3. Ben Stokes – 5/1

  4. Matty Potts – 7/1

  5. Jack Leach – 25/1

England Test Match – Match/Series Winner Odds 2022

  • 3rd Test Match – England vs New Zealand – Headingley – (ENG lead series 2-0)
    England – 4/7
New Zealand – 7/2
Draw – 16/1
  • 5th Test Match – England vs India – Edgbaston – (IND lead series 2-1)
    England – 7/5
India – 5/2
Draw – 11/1
  • Test Series – England vs South Africa (3 match series)
    England – 10/11
South Africa – 4/1
Draw – 8/1

Which markets can I use my Cricket Free Bet on?

The number of markets on which you can use your cricket free bets has grown remarkably over the past ten years. Where once punters were restricted to betting on the match winner and perhaps the number of runs scored in an innings, there is now the option to use cricket free bets on a vast number of different markets:

  • Top team run scorer
  • Top team wicket taker
  • Number of extras in an innings
  • Batsmen match bets
  • Number of runs within an over
  • method of dismissal
  • Highest opening partnership
  • Century scored
  • Total 4s and total 6s ......

These are just a handful of the markets now offered by most bookmakers on almost every international cricket match as well as many domestic ones too.

How do I use my Cricket Free Bets?

In order to claim your cricket free bet punters should follow the specific guidelines set out by each individual bookmaker in their free bet terms and conditions. Most will ask for punters to register then make an initial deposit and bet before their free bet token is credited. However, there are some online offers that only ask for a player to register for an account then will immediately credit accounts with a cricket free bet.

Once the free bet has been made available, using your cricket free bets couldn’t be simpler; first navigate your way to the cricket betting market of your choice, then make your selection at the advertised odds before finally selecting your bet and ticking the free bet option on the betting slip.

Then all that is left to do is sit in your lucky chair, wearing your lucky boxer shorts, cross all your fingers and toes and hope for the cricket betting gods to shine down on your bet.

Cricket Events to Bet On

Ashes Cricket

The oldest rivalry in cricket continues to attract the most attention in terms of both general public awareness and punters looking to use their cricket free bets. The Ashes has been contested between England and Australia since 1882 and for cricketers and patriots of either nation it is still regarded as the holy grail of their sport.

The name ‘Ashes’ comes from a mock obituary written by Reginald Brooks in The Sporting Times just after Australia first defeated England in 1882, it read;

In Affectionate Remembrance



which died at the Oval


29th AUGUST 1882,

Deeply lamented by a large circle of sorrowing

friends and acquaintances


N.B.—The body will be cremated and the

ashes taken to Australia.

Thereafter England’s captain Ivo Bligh vowed that his side would go to Australia and regain “The Ashes”. Thus a legend was born and one of sport’s greatest rivalries created.

Test Cricket

Test match cricket is amongst the oldest forms of the game and the first ever recorded match was between, you guessed it England and Australia, back in 1877. The name test derives from the fact that games usually last between 4-5 days and will 'test' the endurance and ability of the respective sides. Though this format was initally most commonly assoicated with international sides, test matches are now a common feature in the domestic game with the UK's County Championships taking place in the summer months. There are currently 10 international sides playing the ICC Test Championship including:

  1. Australia
  2. India
  3. Pakistan
  4. England
  5. New Zealand
  6. South Africa
  7. Sri Lanka
  8. West Indies
  9. Bangladesh
  10. Zimbabwe

League Cricket

Cricket in the UK is of course a summer based thing and even then we see a number of games fall foul of the weather, good old blighty eh! When the games are taking place, they are contested between the 18 historic county sides. The County Championship is the UK's first-class domestic tournament, in which the 18 teams compete over two divisions. The games are played using the international test format so they can often last for days at a time meaning that in-match betting opportunities are plentiful and can also be very profitable.

The Indian Premier League is now one of the most watched sporting leagues in the world as big crowds and big money attract the star names to the competition. The likes of Chris Gayle, Kevin Pietersen, Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Lasith Malinga and Jacques Kallis have all plied their trade on the IPL stage and attracted many cricket free bets.

Limited Overs Cricket

Some cricket competitions are played in a much shorter format. These competitions are usually played in order to encourage a more attacking and exciting style and feature either 20 or 50 overs, with games being played within the space of just one day. These formats come in both the domestic and international game and include competitions such as:

  • Natwest T20 Blast
  • Royal London One-Day Cup
  • ICC T20 World Cup
  • Cricket World Cup

By:- Peter Roberts
Posted on:- 26/06/2012 - 11:42 AM

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