England backed to win third test
England have been backed heavily by Ladbrokes customers on the eve of the 3rd Ashes test and are currently 11/8 to triumph – they are now just 2/5 to win the Ashes.
A much changed Australian side are 7/4 to win and also currently trade at 5/1 to come from behind to win the series.
It’s 7/2 that the series ends in a draw, which would be enough for England to retain the urn, hence the price of 1/9 that it comes home safely.
After a polished bowling performance in the last test, Graeme Swann is 8/1 to be the man of the match.
He is also 8/1 to win this Sunday’s BBC Sports Personality of the Year award.
Alex Donohue of Ladbrokes said: “Patriotic punters think that the end is in sight. A win here guarantees the return of the Ashes which would have been enough before the series but now both punters and players alike smell blood.”
Ladbrokes latest betting
Australia – 7/4
England – 11/8
Draw – 5/1
Series winner The Ashes 2010/2011
England to retain the Ashes
Man of the match Australia vs England – 3rd Test
G Swann 8/1
K Pietersen 10/1
R Ponting 10/1
S Watson 12/1
A Cook 12/1
J Anderson 12/1
A Strauss 12/1
J Trott 14/1
M Hussey 16/1
B Hilfenhaus 16/1