England v India Tri-Series Betting: Back Broad to bag himself a bonus

What I meant was . . . Stuart Broad tries to talk his way out of those minimum wage comments
What I meant was . . . Stuart Broad tries to talk his way out of those minimum wage comments

Stuart Broad managed to Twitt his way into trouble this week but Ralph Ellis thinks there could be a happy ending when England meet India tomorrow for a place in the Tri-Series final...

"It surely puts India in no position to be ready for what has effectively become a semi-final yet the market makes them marginal favourites at 1.981/1 while England are even money. Backing Morgan’s men, whatever their recent troubles, looks great value."


Stuart Broad, apparently, likes to buy himself an expensive watch whenever he's part of a big success story.

When England won the Ashes in 2009 he treated himself to a Franck Muller (it's a Swiss make that starts at around five grand). To celebrate number one Test status he bought a gold Jean Mairet & Gillman (Swiss again - and judging by their website if you have to ask the price, you can't afford one).

He let those little gems about his lifestyle slip a couple of years ago in an interview discussing how he made his first million. It's come back to haunt him after Tweeting this week about how well off somebody in England on minimum wage is, compared to the rest of the world.

The apologies and explanations of what he was trying to say have been tumbling out since, both through his social media feed and in press interviews. Suffice to say that, at a time when your contribution to a series so far consists of nought runs and the same number of wickets, it probably would have been wiser to stay away from discussing world politics and comparative wealth. Just stick to talking about how hard you are working in the nets to bring your fitness back.

And there is little doubt that Broad, and the rest of England's cricketers, are working hard and together slowly recovering some of the form that just a few short years ago made them number one.

The Tri-Series under the new regime of Eoin Morgan started poorly when only the captain made runs in the first game, and David Warner demolished the bowling. But a mix of James Anderson's bowling and Ian Bell's batting has transformed the picture since, and tomorrow morning's final group game against India could help take a further step forward.

I thought the Indians might benefit from MS Dhoni deciding to stand down from the Test captaincy, but so far the opposite has been the case.

Comfortably beaten by Australia and then thrashed by England, their morale must have suffered further from their next game getting washed out. It surely puts them in no position to be ready for what has effectively become a semi-final yet the market makes them marginal favourites at 1.981/1 while England are even money. Backing Morgan's men, whatever their recent troubles, looks great value.

Beating India would make Bell (available to back at 1.351/3) virtually guaranteed to be the competition's top run scorer, while in contrast India have only four batsmen in the list of the top 19 highest scores in the series so far. And both Anderson and Steven Finn will have a psychological edge after bowling the Indians out barely a week ago.

It's a big moment for England, who have been far too erratic at the one day game for far too long. Capable of beating anybody on their day, they have also been capable of getting beaten by anybody too.

But there are promising signs, and a composed performance to see off India and reach the final of this tournament would be an important step along the way.

I'm not saying it would be achievement enough to justify Stuart Broad buying himself another posh watch. But hey, it might at least be worth a sneaky little Timex number.


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