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A century refers to a player in a game of cricket scoring 100 runs. It is regarded as the hallmark of a top batsman and is a relatively rare occurrence, given the length of time which a player has to remain not out in order to score 100 runs. In the 2017 Test match season, for example, the most centuries were scored by Steve Smith of Australia, who managed to notch up 6 scores of 100 or more during 20 innings. The highest number of centuries scored by a single player during One Day Internationals in 2017 was the same, but centuries on the whole are much rarer in the shorter forms of the game.
Betting on any century means placing a bet on the chances of any player from either team scoring a century during the course of the match. As explained above, bets of this kind are more likely to be successful when placed on a Test Match rather than a One Day International, while centuries in T20 matches are fairly rare. This will affect the odds, of course, and a bet on a century being scored in a T20 match may offer better value, particularly if a specialist in shorter matches is playing in the match, than a bet on a century being scored during a Test Match.
Predicting whether a century will be scored begins with the batsmen and bowlers playing for each team. Researching whether the batsmen are in good form and whether the bowlers are taking plenty of wickets would be a good starting point, but it’s also worth looking at whether either team has a specialist such as a spin bowler. Particular batsmen are known to struggle when facing spin bowling, and this may lengthen the odds on a century being scored. Another factor to bear in mind will be the ground at which the match is being played, what the weather conditions are likely to be and whether the wicket is expected to deteriorate during the course of the match.