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Australia take out Second Test, backed in for Ashes sweep

Tue, Dec 10, 2:08pm by Dominic Ciconte

secondashesAUSTRALIA’S thumping victory in the second Ashes test in Adelaide has seen its odds for a series whitewash tumble dramatically.

Michael Clarke’s team were a whopping 50/1 with Ladbrokes.com.au to win the series 5-0 before a ball was bowled in the first Test at The Gabba. But following their win in Adelaide, they are now just a $3.50 chance to win every Test in what is developing into an extremely one-sided affair.

Australia are also paying just $1.07 to win the Ashes back. England are now at $26 to pull off victories in two of the last three matches.

Before the first test at the Gabba, Australia and England were more or less at even money for the series. What has happened since has swung the momentum of not only the betting, but also the sport itself dramatically.

England, which just come off a 3-0 win in its home series against Australia, has looked completely at sea facing Australia’s bowling attack, while the English efforts in the field and with the ball have also been found severely lacking.

After a complete domination in the first test at the Gabba, almost all experts predicted a close contest in the Adelaide test, where England typically fares very well. That was not to be.

A number of dropped catches contributed to centuries for Michael Clarke and Brad Haddin and a first innings total of 570 for the Aussies.

In reply, England were skittled out for embarrassing total of 172. Mitch Johnson was again the hero, taking seven wickets to put Australia in a dominant position.

Johnson, who was not selected in the June’s England Ashes series, has proven to be Australia’s ace. With 17 wickets after two matches, he is on track to break a number of Ashes records.

The England side, hailed as the best in world cricket only weeks ago, has clearly met its match.

Jessica Bridge of Ladbrokes said: ‘The odds of an Aussie whitewash have collapsed quicker than England’s batsmen.

‘Before the series both teams were backed heavily to win 5-0, and despite the short price punters are still piling into Australia.


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