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Betting News – With a batting average of close to a hundred during the recent English domestic season and a Test debut at Ahmedabad last Thursday, Nick Compton has emerged as one of the bright young things of the cricket world. But there are signs that Compton’s star is set to rise ever further after he was newly installed by BetFair as 7/4 favourite to be the latest victim of a painfully unfunny one-note twitter parody account.

Over the past few years finding yourself being stalked on twitter by the forced humour of a trite parody account has become a clear sign that a cricketer‘s career is on the up, whilst speculation over who will be the latest player to be parodied has led to the creation of specialist betting markets.

But with more than a dozen cricketers making their international debut so far this year already, why has Betfair installed Nick Compton as the most likely candidate to be parodied?

ThatCricketBlog asked professional gambler, Doug Taint, to explain:

“The Twitter Parody Account market is more difficult to predict than punters realise. What you need to understand is that people who run parody accounts are looking for a single aspect of a cricketer that they can focus on and make fun of – the fact they’re perceived as being a bit egotistical for example. Once they’ve found their angle they can then make endless variations on the same basic joke, over and over and over, again and again and again, until the idea has been flogged to death.

Now, a lot of money has come in on Pujara since his double century in the first test. But your only angle with him is that he’s a good batsman and there’s no real mileage in that, so the parody account guys won’t touch him with a fake bargepole.

That’s why Betfair have got Compton as favourite. You see, Nick is a good-looking guy and that’s your way in. You could have him tweeting @AttitudeMag to set up a photo shoot or taunt @JimmyAnderson9 and @StuartBroad8 about how their skin looks dry and unmoisturised. There are literally dozens of ways you could work humour around the same hackneyed observation, although the person who eventually sets up the account will probably only think of a handful of them. But that’s still enough to get four or five half decent laughs over the normal eighteen month life cycle of these kinds of accounts. In twitter parody terms that’s a Bradmanesque average.

So my advice to punters out there is to ignore Pujara at 3/1 and ‘Any Zimbabwean International’ at 25’s and put your money on Compton. Then just sit back and wait for your winnings to roll in. You’ll be laughing! Which is more than the followers of @fakeNickCompton will be doing anytime soon.”

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