Mon, Nov 14, 2:11pm by Staff Writer
If you thought the current Australian Test team wasn’t travelling too well then you are certainly not alone. Online bookmaker Sportsbet has released a market for Australia to go winless for the entire summer.
It’s a sobering fact for supporters of the best cricket team on the planet for the last twenty years but at $7.50 it may not be too far from the mark.
South Africa have been much too good for Australia so far on their tour. They won the first Test in Perth by 177 runs and as of lunchtime on Tuesday (Day three of the second Test) they were well on their way to a second Test triumph too.
You can get $51 for Australia to lose every Test this summer or the very short $1.35 for the Aussies’ next win to come against Pakistan, who play three Test against the Australians starting next month.
The number two ranked Test team do not traditionally travel too well but will they are coming off a 2-2 drawn series in England in August. They haven’t won a Test on Australian soil since January, 1996.
As mentioned, it’s not looking too good for the Aussies in Hobart at the moment so when will they break through for a win in the baggy green?
Well, $2.40 is on offer for the drought to be broken in the current South African series (presumably in Adelaide), $1.35 for it to happen against Pakistan, and $6.50 against India in the four-test series on the sub-continent, which begins in February next year.
“Nathan Lyon needn’t warm up the vocal chords any time soon because we may not get to hear Under the Southern Cross I Stand for a very long time,” said sportsbet.com.au’s Christian Jantzen.
Last week’s loss in Perth was the first time that Australia had lost an opening Test of the summer since 1988. The loss also snapped a run of 18 consecutive Tests without defeat for Australia at home, 14 of which were wins.
Australia has a long and distinguished cricketing history and have not gone winless in Tests in an entire home summer since way back in 1970/71 when England defeated the hosts 2-0.
That English team, captained by Ray Illingworth is still the only touring team to play a full Test series on Australian soil without defeat. The side went on to play 27 consecutive Tests in a row without defeat.
Australia’s next Test victory
$2.40 vs South Africa (including Hobart Test)
$1.35 vs Pakistan
$6.50 vs India
$51 for Australia to lose every Test of the summer (vs South Africa and Pakistan)
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