Beefy's Rooting for Joe

  • Last Updated: July 17 2014, 10:08 BST

Sir Ian Botham is siding with Joe Root to be England's top run scorer in the second Test against India.

Sir Ian Botham: Expecting Joe Root to star with the bat
Sir Ian Botham: Expecting Joe Root to star with the bat

Root hit a match-saving 154 not out and shared in a record breaking last wicket stand with James Anderson, in the drawn 1st Test and with skipper Alaistair Cook and Ian Bell both desperately short of runs, Beefy feels the value in backing the Yorkshireman at 5/1 with Sky Bet is too good to ignore.

"It's got to be Joe for me. He played superbly last week and is the man in form," said the Sky Sports cricket expert.

England have lost only once in 16 meetings with India at the home of cricket and Botham is tipping Cook's side at 13/8 to end their nine-match winless run and go 1-0 up in the series.

Backers who followed Beefy's Bets at Trent Bridge were rewarded as James Anderson returned at odds of 2/1 to be England's leading wicket taker in the first innings.

Botham is also expecting great things from England's seamers on a green Lord's wicket and expects Anderson at 9/4 to have a key say in the match.

He added: "The greener the wicket the better for Jimmy. He'll be fuming after what has happened in the last few days."

Apart from his match bets Beefy will also be offering in-play tips and the online bookmaker will also be offering enhanced prices for some of his tips with 'Beefy's Boosts'.

Beefy's Bets 

2nd Test Bets

England to win - 13/8

Joe Root England top runs (1st inns) - 9/2 Price Boosted to 5/1

James Anderson top wickets (1st inns) - 9/4