Punters with Paddy Power’s Australian arm sportsbet.com.au are leading a charge with their wallets for Shane Warne to return to the Australian XI during the 2010/11 Ashes Series.
Warne is just 11/4 with the Australian firm to play in at least one of the remaining three Tests, having been backed down by Aussie punters from 16/1 when the bandwagon began.
Darren Haines, spokesman for Paddy Power, said: “The Aussies are clinging on to any hope they can get! Many hold the theory that if they can come away from Perth with a draw then a home return for Warne in front of 100,000 adoring fans at the MCG on Boxing Day could single-handedly win them the Fourth Test before heading to a raging turner in Sydney tailor made for Warne’s wizardry.
“But should Australia lose the third test there would be little reason for the veteran spinner to come out of retirement for two dead rubbers when the selectors will surely look to the future with an injection of youth.”
England 6/4 To Win Ashes Before Xmas
England are 6/4 to win the Third Ashes Test in Perth this week – and condemn the beleaguered Aussies to a series defeat before Christmas.
However Paddy Power reports more UK punters are betting on an Aussie fightback with Ricky Ponting’s boys backed in from 2/1 to 6/4 to level the series. With the weather set fair the draw is on the drift and relatively untouched at 5/2.
Darren Haines said: “Its do-or-die for Australia and few nations have such a fighting spirit on a sports field than the Aussies. Coupled with England’s poor record in Perth and a stronger looking bowling line-up for Australia than the one they put out in Adelaide many punters fancy Australia to keep the series alive.”
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