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(South Africa 16th December 2009 - 18th January, 2010)

So yet another heroic last wicket survival from England, now time is running out for SA -can they rescue something from the series in the last test in Jo'burg?

Start Time
1st Test
Weds 16 Dec
8.30 pm
Centurion Park
2nd Test
Sat 26 Dec
8.00 am
3rd Test
Sun 3 Jan
8.30 am
Cape Town
4th Test
Thurs 14 Jan
8.30 am

Preview: 4th Test Match
England will be full of confidence after their nail-biting draw in Cape Town. South Africa have to shuffle their side due to an injury to De Wett. They may well include new boy Wayne Parnell who has the chance to become a hero for the Proteas. England will be playing for a draw, SA will be going all out for a win -somethings got to give...

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Graham Swann -Has become England's 'go-to' bowler, took nine wickets at Durban and five at Cape Town -no doubt he will get through lots of overs at Jo'burg.
GUIDE: 37-42 (Sporting Index)

Dale Steyn
-He bowed beautifully in the last test -sending down many deliveries that were just far too good for the batsmen. If England bat twice, expect him to capture at least six wickets.
GUIDE: 50-55 (Sporting Index)

Jacques Kallis -He delivered the goods for us in Cape Town, scoring over 150 runs in the match. No reason why he can't do that again, as he is probably the best batsman in the world at the moment.
GUIDE: 75-82 (Sporting Index)

Stuart Broad -With a test average of 29, he is fast becoming a genuine all-rounder. Should have plenty of chances to bat when England's middle order do their usual 'deck of cards' collapse. He looks under-priced having shown some of the batting qualities of his test-opener father Chris Broad.
GUIDE: 28-33 (Spreadex) or 31-36 (Sporting Index)


England Zero Tolerance -This market gives 10 points for each duck scored by the England batsmen and 25 pts for a golden duck. If they encounter a session where the ball is moving for Steyn and Morkel then there could be carnage!
GUIDE: 89-92 (Sporting Index) 65 points after 3rd Test

England Tails Of The Unexpected -Another Sporting Index market that tallies the runs scored by the numbers 8, 9, 10 and 11 batsmen for England. In the first test, the first innings was a revelation where they amassed a remarkable 135 -but reverted to type in the second innings, scored a measely 4 runs! A great selling opportunity...
GUIDE: 305-320 (Sporting Index) 231 runs after 3rd Test

Test Squad: Andrew Strauss (Middlesex - captain), James Anderson (Lancashire), Mark Davies (Durham), Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire), Paul Collingwood (Durham), Alastair Cook (Essex), Ian Bell (Warwickshire), Steven Davies (Lancashire), Liam Plunkett (Dur), Graham Onions (Durham), Kevin Pietersen (Hampshire), Matt Prior (Sussex), Adil Rashid (Yorkshire), Graeme Swann (Nottinghamshire), Jonathan Trott (Warwckshre), Luke Wright (Sussex), Ryan Sidebottom (Nottinghamshire), James Tredwell (Kent).


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Trading Talk - England v South Africa, Fourth Test, Johannesburg

So the fourth and final Test is upon us and there is still plenty for spread bettors to get excited about. The Wanderers is renowned for a hostile atmosphere and is so named the 'Bullring' by local cricketing fans. Those that have supported England throughout the four match Test series will be pleased to know that the South African's lost their last Test match here against Australia. Furthermore, spread bettors looking to buy England's win index will take encouragement that the only side the Proteas have managed to beat here in the last six Tests was New Zealand.

Sellers of England's win index spread will be concerned that the Proteas have lost four of their last six Tests here - including matches in Johannesburg against the Aussies, England and India. Overall, South Africa have played 31 Test matches and have gone on to win twelve of those, lost nine and drawn ten. The ground has seen its fair share of memorable moments for the home side, in particular when they chased down the Aussies record score of 434 to win the 2003 World Cup final. Those looking to take on England on the spreads will have noted they have only managed two wins from their seven Tests at the Wanderers. However, South Africa ended the last decade with a losing record at the Wanderers, drawing once and losing five of their ten games in the 'Noughties'.

The Proteas lost the last Test here convincingly by 162 runs in January 2009 and they lost their last match against England here by 77 runs. South Africa's highest score at this ground against England is 419, which will be of significance to those interested in the total runs spreads, whilst their lowest was a measly 72 runs. England's top score at this ground is 522 runs and their lowest 122.

Sporting Index's Volcano market (a supremacy prediction of which side will score the most combined match runs) has been influential throughout the Test series results. England have averaged 237 runs since 1990 from their three matches at the Wanderers   and those spread bettors looking to buy the Proteas supremacy will be delighted that they average considerably more - 349 runs.

Jacques Kallis has once again shown his all-round talents, especially with the bat, in this series to the delight of those that bought his series run spread. He is the top scorer at the Wanderers after amassing 994 runs from his 14 matches, averaging 45.18 and his highest score here is an impressive 186. Buyers looking elsewhere for player performance spreads would do well to notice Graeme Smith; the talismanic captain is sixth on the list of highest scorers with 570 - at an average of 47.50 and is fresh of the back of a century in Cape Town.

Kallis also stands out in the bowling figures at the Wanderers and is fourth on the list of all time wicket takers. He has taken 28 wickets from 14 matches and boasts an average of 33.67. Dale Steyn's player performance spread will also spark plenty of interest for buyers; the pace-man has already taken 24 wickets here from just five matches.

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