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Cricket World Cup: 3 each-way gems for the top-bowler crown

| 11.02.2015

No doubt there has been a flurry of betting action on Ladbrokes after our recent post highlighting three batsmen far too long in the betting market to be the tournament’s leading runscorer landed.

In the spirit of a fair contest between bat and ball, it’s only right that we move succinctly on to look at the same market, but from a bowling perspective, with the below three candidates our chief protagonists:

Steven Finn – England – 33/1

In the last three years Finn has claimed more one-day wickets than Dale Steyn, James Anderson and Mitchell Johnson, yet the tall right-hander finds himself way off the betting pace when compared to that trio.

A recent purple patch in the run up to the World Cup means Finn will certainly start the competition for England and his 13 wickets since touching down in Australia to prepare for the event bodes well for his chances to snare the most scalps.

Nuwan Kulasekara – Sri Lanka – 50/1

While Finn will catch the eye with hostile tactics, pace and bounce, Sri Lanka’s new-ball star will operate in a far more subtle fashion.

Barely waking the speed-gun operator from a mid-match snooze, the 32-year-old uses swing and nagging accuracy to capture his victims.

A drop in form that has seen Kulasekara fall from sixth in the ODI bowling rankings two years ago to 49th now contributes to his lengthy price, but an each-way punt on his renaissance is tempting.

Nathan McCullum – New Zealand – 150/1

The older brother of Kiwi skipper Brendon isn’t certain of a starting spot in the side despite who his sibling is. Should he win the spinning battle with the iconic Daniel Vettori, then the right-arm offbreak bowler should immediately enter any staking plan.

As the type of bowler many opposition lineups will look to attack, McCullum stands a good chance of taking a hatful of wickets through their willingness to attack, rather than his own skill.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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Matt Wiggins

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