Having successfully tipped unlikely hero Brad Haddin to top score in Australia’s maiden innings of the Ashes at a none-too-shabby 12/1, a delve into the wicketkeeper’s stats at the Adelaide Oval makes the experienced batsman a serious contender once again for the second Test.
Horses for courses is a well trodden phrase in the sporting arena and it’s never been more applicable than when looking into potentially lucrative punts for the second Ashes Test in Adelaide.
In seven Test match knocks for his country at Australia’s answer to The Oval, Haddin has come out the other side boasting an average of exactly 122 runs.
Immediately, this should have punters salivating over another windfall on Haddin’s odds of 12/1 yet again, when he goes out to face the music in the first innings for the Baggy Greens.
This average is helped in no small part by Haddin’s highest ever Test total of 169, back in 2008 against New Zealand and four more times when he has finished unbeaten, including first innings scores of 55 and 41 not out.
Crucially, he has decent history here against England, where he cultivated a typically patient 56 in the first-innings off 95 balls, before eventually being snared by Stuart Broad.
While 36-year-old Haddin is no spring chicken, his maturity when wielding the willow could be absolutely vital in this contest given the ferocious war of words that has built up between the two sides.
Although some reports from Down Under say that Aussie skipper Michael Clarke has sat out training on the eve of the next Test, he’s apparently guaranteed to play and with an average just in advance of 100 at Adelaide himself, his odds of 11/4 to top score, aren’t bad either.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.
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