iBet: Siddle The Bet To Be Top Australian Wicket Taker at 11/4
The Ashes, starts Thursday at midnight
Back Peter Siddle to be top Australian bowler in the series
Back the draw in the first Test at 2/1
Word is from Australia that most of the pitches to be used for the Ashes will be hard work for the bowlers unless the weather intervenes. There could be movement early on with the new ball, but after that they could become a batter’s paradise. The first Test at the Gabba could easily pan out like this. Given Australia’s record there – they have not lost since 1988 – it’s hard to advise a bet on England at a best price of 11/5 (Bet365). In fact they’ve only won twice in Brisbane since WW2!
By the same token this is not an easy Australia side to back either. England are far more settled and although the Ozzies (9/5) had some good sessions during the summer Test series, Alistair Cook’s men ultimately dominated. It looks like it could be very hard for either side to take 20 wickets, and the draw looks the best option for the first Test at 2/1.
If nothing much happens on day one, that price will shrink quickly. One bowler who has some very happy memories of the Gabba is Australia’s Peter Siddle. The first day of the last series Downunder coincided with Siddle’s birthday and he celebrated in style, claiming the wickets of Pietersen and Collingwood before an unforgettable hat-trick to remove Cook, Prior and Broad in successive balls in an unforgettable atmosphere. Siddle is one of those bowlers who doesn’t look amazingly dangerous, but gets people out, and is the man Clarke tends to turn to when he needs something to happen.
We may have a slightly false favourite in the market in Ryan Harris, who is coming back from a hamstring injury, an issue that’s also affecting Shane Watson. Long, hard days on flat pitches could easily find out a dodgy hamstring. But Harris is the 9/4 jolly in this market and that means we can get 11/4 about Siddle, and although the price has shrunk in the last couple of weeks as punters have cottoned on, that still looks the bet.
Cristiano Ronaldo has been punted off the boards to win the Ballon D’Or following his hat-trick against Sweden, which secured Portugal’s place in the World Cup finals. Ronaldo has, on his own, scored more than any Premier League team has managed so far this season.
We flagged up the stand-out value in his price when the market first formed – he was 8/1 in places. The injury to Lionel Messi saw his price shrink to 4/1, but now the best price you will get about him winning the award is the ½ offered by BetVictor, with long time favourite Frank Ribery, who will also be in Brazil, out from even money to 9/4 (SkyBet). Even at ½, Ronaldo is great value in my view. At 8/1 he was the bet of the year. Ronaldo is 8/1 to top score in Brazil with William Hill and 7/1 to be named player of the tournament.betting
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