Cricket Betting – Draw looks best again between Ashes rivals

November 29, 2010 | In: Articles

A draw in the first Ashes Test at the Gabba in Brisbane earned us a nice return and we are quite prepared to stick with a ‘no result’ outcome when Australia and England meet again in the second Test in Adelaide at the end of this week. Ladbrokes and Skybet are on their own in offering 6/5 the draw and, while that may not appear much in the way of value, one has to take into account that the Adelaide Oval is normally a batsman’s paradise. So, given the respective form of the two batting line-ups, and the question marks against both bowling attacks, is there any possibility of a positive outcome?

Certainly, it’s advantage England after the first Test. Alastair Cook’s magnificent double century in the second innings in Brisbane, following a sizeable knock in the first innings, has silenced his critcs, while Andrew Strauss, Jonathan Trott, Kevin Pietersen and Ian Bell also showed little respect to the Australian bowlers and Ricky Ponting has some tough decisions to make over the next few days regarding the make-up of his team. Mitchell Johnson, for example, must be under pressure after a shocking display at the Gabba with ball and bat. Johnson is regarded as the Aussies’ chief weapon in test cricket but he has an awful track record against England and the addition of Ryan Harris and Doug Bollinger to Ponting’s squad suggests Johnson’s place in the starting XI, normally taken as granted, is now under threat. Question marks, too, against Xavier Doherty. The home side’s new spinner was only a peripheral figure in Adelaide and failed to improve on a career strike-rate of 48 runs per wicket. If anything, the Adelaide Oval is likely to suit the spinners and you would expect Graeme Swann to comfortably outshine Doherty if it came to a duel, though the England man was also unusually ineffective in Brisbane.

Alastair Cook is 5/1 with Skybet to be England’s top scorer again in Adelaide, with captain Andrew Strauss a best 4/1 with Ladbrokes. Kevin Pietersen is 9/2 with totesport. For the Australians, Ricky Ponting is 7/2 with Blue Square, 888sport and Ladbrokes to accumulate most runs, while a back-to-form Michael Hussey can be backed at 11/2 with bet365.

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