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Betting preview: England v South Africa

by Sean Goff | July 17, 2012
Ravi Bopara

HOWZAT: Ravi Bopara can be the main man for England against South Africa

By Lee Dover

We at Paddy Power cannot think of a better way of previewing the upcoming cricket clash between England and South Africa than with a few words with some former greats of the game.

Three of cricket’s finest Alec Stewart, Freddie Flintoff and Shaun Pollack give you the lowdown on where the value lies. 

Alec Stewart

The key to success sits with the batsmen. If there is one guy you can rely on when it comes to analysing batting approaches ahead of the England v South Africa Test match, our money is on Alec Stewart. Long-time fans of the sport are sure to recall he chalked up two centuries during England’s stop-off at Bridgetown between 1993 and 1994.

Now that he has the chance to put his feet up and watch the young contenders come through the ranks, Stewart has revealed that he is excited to see what Ravi Bopara can do on the international scene.

Bopara is a hugely talented individual, one that I’m a big fan of, but he hasn’t shown yet on a consistent basis what he is really capable of in Test cricket.

Paddy Power are offering 8/1 that the Essex man will be England’s top first innings runscorer.

Freddie Flintoff

Before becoming a comic figure on primetime quiz shows, Freddie Flintoff was a force to be reckoned with on the cricket field. However, the former all-rounder has not forgotten what made him a household name and has put his full backing behind England driving to victory and taming the Proteas this week.

It is number one versus number two in the world but we’ve got a great side. I think we’ve got such a good squad I reckon our second 11 could be number two in the world – I think we really are that good.

It doesn’t take a genius to see who Flintoff is putting his money on.

You can share in the England cricket legend’s optimism and get odds of 7/4 for the Three Lions to roar to glory in the First Test against South Africa with Paddy Power online’s betting.

Shaun Pollock

Plenty has been said about Kevin Pietersen’s decision to retire from one-day internationals, both positive words and, well, pretty ugly views. However, legendary seamer Shaun Pollock is confident the decision could be the beginning of even greater things for England’s golden boy. 

 I think Kevin will be pretty motivated – just as Graeme Smith now plays only Test cricket at international level, and he can channel all his energy into that, KP will have a point to prove.

A faultless display against South Africa will be quite possibly the best way to prove a point, so why not have a flutter on Paddy Power’s 7/2 for Pietersen to be England’s top first innings runscorer in the highly-anticipated Test

Betting: England v South Africa

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