Tue, Jul 21, 6:51pm by Kevin Pitstock
England’s Freddie Flintoff tore through the Australian batting lineup to help the poms on their way to a memorable victory at Lords. Australia hadn’t lost there in 75 years, which makes the feat that much more significant. Australia did fight back late on day 4, but couldn’t hold out the England bowling lineup.
The betting on the Ashes hasn’t seen much of a go for England either. This is actually quite surprising. Sports Alive have England paying $4.00 to win the 3rd Ashes test of 2009. The new Australian bookmaker has the Aussies paying $2.60 and have the draw at $2.35. The four dollars that England are paying does look quite tempting after the performance of the Aussies in game 2.
The 2nd Test of The Ashes will go down as one of the most controversial of all time. Australia will feel hard done by after no less than three of their batsmen were dismissed incorrectly at the beginning of the second innings. This resulted in a top order collapse that they couldn’t overcome.
Even though the Aussies did show promise after their capitulation in the 1st innings, it wasn’t enough. Will poor umpiring decisions and the red hot form of Flintoff they couldn’t win against all the odds.
The 3rd game should be an interesting one in both betting and the game itself. Australia dominated the 1st game, played poorly in the 2nd and almost won. If they play at their best then they should get up. They won’t have it all their own way though, as England proved in the 2nd Test. Australia just doesn’t seem to have the firepower and match winning players that are needed at crucial times. Whether that comes into play in this game remains to be seen.
As for the betting, I really can’t see England getting up again. I know the just won the 2nd Test, but everything was stacked up against the Aussies. If it wasn’t for the terrible, highly dubious umpiring decisions, perhaps it could have had a different result?
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