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England backed to win third test

| 15.12.2010

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

3rd Test
Australia – 7/4
England – 11/8
Draw – 5/1

Series winner The Ashes 2010/2011
Australia 5/1
England 2/5
Draw 7/2

England to retain the Ashes
Yes 1/9
No 5/1

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



Robbie Morris

Robbie studied sports journalism at the University of Gloucestershire, an establishment chosen for its proximity to Cheltenham racecourse, where he was a season ticket holder. Upon graduation, Robbie was a contributor to GolfPunk, a national magazine aimed at ridding golf of its traditionalist image, before joining the news.ladbrokes team.