Late last week England’s merry band of South African’s, Kiwi’s, Irishmen, and public school boys jetted off to Australia for the Winter Ashes tour. As the date of the first test edges ever closer there’s a realization amongst the English that we could actually turn the Aussies over on their own soil. It may all be down to the man who bowled the widest ball that’s humanly possible, Steve Harmison, not being selected. Who knows?!
It’s more likely though that because the hosts have lost their 7th successive game, this time against Sri Lanka in an ODI, everyone’s getting all excited. This has triggered a hive of activity where the bookies are concerned and Stan James have eased Australia to as long odds as 10/11 from the original 5/6.
Head of PR at Stan James, Charlie McCann, commented: “England had a satisfactory day in Perth and we saw fit to cut the odds on Stuart Broad being the top English series bowler from 7/2 to 10/3 after his three wickets and eased Graeme Swann to 11/8 from 5/4 after his one wicket from 20 overs. Alistair Cook continues to struggle and it seems amazing that a first-choice opening batsman can be 8/1 to be top bat for England and 16s to be top series batsman.
“Australia were 5/6 at the beginning of the week but are out to 10/11 and a good day with the bat for England tomorrow may see the Baggy Greens touch evens.”