England Ashes Odds Firm after First Test DrawPublished December 1, 2010
Australia gave up golden chance to go one up in series is Brisbane.
Buoyed after salvaging a draw in the first test of The Ashes in Brisbane, the English cricket team heads into the second encounter in Adelaide on Friday with renewed confidence and healthy odds of a victory.
William Hill is paying 5/2 for England to win the test, just behind Australia at 9/4. The draw is paying evens.
The late pre-series surge of betting on England was vindicated when their batsmen turned the first test around after it appeared all but certain Australia was heading for an early 1-0 lead in the five-match test series.
England has now firmed in the overall series betting, now paying 11/8 at William Hill, just behind Australia, 5/4. A drawn series, which would ensure England retains the trophy it reclaimed in 2009, is paying 4/1.
Peter Siddle's hat-trick, the first by an Aussie bowler since Glenn McGrath achieved the feat in 2000-01, was one of the highlights of the first test. Now all attention turns to whether one of the Englandbowlers can repeat the effort, an option for which the British bookmaker is offering odds of 8/1.
Of course from an England perspective the highlight in Brisbane was Alistair Cook's unbeaten knock of 235. The sports odds of another England player recording a double century in the series are now 5/1.