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The new sports betting era

30th December, 08:20

Gone are the days of visiting a local betting shop on the high street. Sports betting punters can now jump online and place bets on sporting events thousands of miles away.

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English sports are currently enjoying a golden era stretching back to the London Olympics. With the rugby team making the finals in Japan, Anthony Joshua reclaiming numerous heavyweight boxing titles, the cricketers winning the One-Day International World Cup and the national football team making the semi-finals of the World Cup. Although team sports, there are standout players propelling these teams from mediocrity to greatness. Rugby has Owen Farrell, football has Harry Kane and cricket... well, cricket has a new superstar on the scene - Jofra Archer.

Betting on Jofra

Jofra Archer is destined to lead English cricket into a new period of English cricket dominance. Having played only a handful of tests, that's a massive statement, but the stats don't lie and, if you have taken any time to watch Archer bowl you will surely agree. Exploding onto the sporting scene against Australia in the 2019 Ashes series, Archer may be England's next legitimate superstar.

Regardless of the sport, it takes time for players to establish themselves. It took Glen McGrath - arguably the greatest fast bowler of all time - his third year to record a six-wicket haul. Archer did It in his second test (and his sixth test). He has the pace, bounce and importantly two incredible fast bowling mentors in Anderson and Broad. If England unleashes him at the T20 World Cup in Australia, expect a shootout between, Starc, Cummins and Archer for the tournament's leading wicket-taker.

The T20 World Cup being held in Australia in October 2020 will be Archer's opportunity to shine in an international cricket tournament where conditions will suit him the most. Australia, India and England are the cricket betting sportsbook favourites to win. Still, there are a host other interesting side cricket bets which will make the tournament more interesting for punters. Betting on cricket offers an unrivalled choice of market odds, including tournament-leading run-scorer, tournament top wicket-taker, number of tournament sixes, method of first dismissal and more. In any given cricket match there are up to 100 market odds. You can even bet on which team scored the most runs scored in the ninth. Cricket is not the only sport on which you can place a wager.

Sports betting markets

The most common sports betting markets include football, horse racing, tennis, basketball and, if in the US, NFL. Outside the US, football is by far the biggest sports betting market. In the UK alone, around £1 billion is gambled on football yearly. And, according to the market research from the Transparency Market Research, the global online gambling & betting market is forecasted to grow to US$ 128.2 billion by 2026. The reason sports betting is increasingly popular comes down to access.

Connected devices, 5G data technology, government deregulation and the proliferation of sports betting companies make it far easier for the sport-loving public to bet on their favourite sports. Gone are the days of visiting a local betting shop on the high street. Sports betting punters can now jump online and place bets on sporting events thousands of miles away. Sports betting companies like William Hill even offer live streaming of events.

There are over 90 different sports available to bet online, including football, tennis and basketball. Punters can choose between a wide variety of sporting tournaments, leagues, matches or in-play betting. Jofra Archer, as the leading wicket-taker at the T20 World Cup in Australia, will be an interesting wager.

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