If only Shane Warne wasn’t more interested in hustling at poker and making sweet unadulterated love to British beauty Liz Hurley. Well, that’s what the Aussies are thinking. The English are just marveling at the masterpiece of hiring Hurley in the first place. You feel a bit for the sports book providers though.
This is all because England looks, after a slight blip in the last test, as if they’ve wrapped this fourth test up and with it the little urn that comes with being the Ashes series victors. Last night it was Tim Bresnan’s turn to be the pick of the English bowlers, the Yorkshire-man taking three for 26, to leave the hosts reeling on 169-6, trailing England by 246 runs.
It came after the tourists had finally been bowled out for 513, Anglo South African Jonathan Trott unbeaten on 168. Combine this with the Aussie’s first innings effort of 98 all out and you have the makings of quite the victory party for the English.
One Australian bookmaker will also be standing there with a banner saying “I told you so” after their decision to pay out on an England victory looks to have been vindicated. The bookies over here will have taken quite the kicking though, as they already reported taking record amounts of bets on an English victory.