Cricket Betting: England Out Of Africa
BOOKIES have never taken less money on England ahead of a one day competition and are odds on that they'll fail to reach the knockout stages.
Andrew Strauss' men narrowly avoided being whitewashed by Australia at the weekend after a four wicket victory at the Riverside.
But the change in fortunes has not persuaded patriotic punters to part with their cash and Ladbrokes have laid less than £200 on them winning the tournament.
The team are rank outsiders at 16/1 with only the West Indies behind them in the betting, and are 4/9 to go out at the group stages.
Ladbrokes spokesman Robin Hutchison said: "No Pietersen, no Flintoff, no chance.
"At times like this we are usually inundated with patriotic punters wanting to back our boys but we've never seen such a lack of interest in them.
"I'm sure every English cricket fan is praying for an upturn, but they are certainly not punting on it."
England are 11/8 to finish third in their group, 21/ to finish bottom and an unlikely 7/1 to finish top.
LATEST ICC Champions Trophy Betting
England Stage of Elimination
4/9 Group Stage
11/4 Semi Final
7/1 Losing Finalist
England Group Finishing Position
5/2 South Africa
5/1 Sri Lanka
10/1 New Zealand
33/1 West Indies