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England V South Africa Second Test Cricket Betting Tips

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Amla's Beard is a superb example

England lose the beard contest.

Losing at the Oval was a terrible blow to our chances of getting a return on our £5 bet for the series to be drawn.

First of all the sun decided to make a welcome return from the rock that it has been hiding under all summer and spoilt the chances of the rain interfering with play and then the English batsmen managed to play some ridiculous one day shots to get themselves out and give the game away.

 

Amla's Beard is a superb exampleEngland lose the beard contest.

Losing at the Oval was a terrible blow to our chances of getting a return on our £5 bet for the series to be drawn.

First of all the sun decided to make a welcome return from the rock that it has been hiding under all summer and spoilt the chances of the rain interfering with play and then the English batsmen managed to play some ridiculous one day shots to get themselves out and give the game away.

The first test should have been a draw but England gifted the win to South Africa and they have it all to do to stop South Africa claiming the number one spot as best test side.

Even more worryingly is how badly England trail behind the tourists in the beard growing contest.

Hashim Amla has one of the best beards in the business and the best we can offer is Matt Priors few weeks' worth of stubble growth.

Where is it going wrong?

Well for one thing bombarding our kids with adverts for "smoothest ever shave" razors is not going in the right direction. The supermarket shelves are jam packed with razors and shave cream. What sort of example is this to set?

How can we educate our kids to leave their stubble alone and let it grow?

Amla's beard shows just how far behind we have fallen in the facial hair stakes.

I especially like the way Amla manages to highlight his beautiful creation by shaving his head. That sets the beard off wonderfully and is a fantastic example of technique to show the younger generation

You can get 100/1 at paddy power that Amla shaves off his beard if South Africa win the test series and 500/1 at Bet365 that an English player grows a bigger beard by the time the two test sides meet again in 2014.

England's best reply - a poor effort from Prior.Seriously, Strauss needs to bend the ear of the English batsman and impress on them the need to stop playing totally reckless shots.

Prior's sweep was utter tripe and belonged in a 20/20 game whilst Bopara will be lucky to keep his place and may well be dropped for Panesar.

Bopara is a bits and pieces cricketer who belongs in the one day game. Go on son prove me wrong.

England owned the first hour of the first test but after that it was all South Africa. Their batting was superb and Amla's knock of 311 not out was a superb achievement and it overshadowed a fabulous display of technique by Graeme Smith the South African captain who made 182 not out.

I expect the second test to be much more closely contested but going by episode one England need several big slices of fortune to turn this around.

The English batsmen must bring their A game and with the weather set fair we should get a draw out of the second test.

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