20th Jul 2011 | Cricket

England’s Top Batsman: Alastair Cook

Cook creates feast of runs

In great form in both formats of the game, no reason why it won’t continue.

With England prepared to play six batsman with Matt Prior at seven, we have a good idea of who will play in the first test.

When looking at the top run scorer market, it is worth concentrating on ‘runs per game’ rather than a player’s average. Batsmen who come in up the order are going to have more opportunities to score runs and therefore are favoured in this market.

Career runs per Test match

England Batting Runs Per Match

With two back to back tests, and a series lasting just over a month there is very little time to find form. If you don’t arrive at Lord’s in good nick it could be a difficult series. The likes of Andrew Strauss and Kevin Pietersen fall into that category. With Trott and Morgan having never faced an Indian bowling attack and Bell having a poor record, it leaves us with only one option.

Fortunately Alastair Cook is in the form of his life. Top runs scorer against Sri Lanka, he continued his brilliant form in the ODIs. He is in complete control of his game and opening the batting should give him plenty of opportunities to score runs.

At 3/1 there is no one who comes close to the Essex opener.

1pt Top England Batsman: Cook 3/1 with Coral
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