Cricket Betting: Steve Harmison is 16/1 to be England’s Ashes saviour ahead of the Second Test at Lords on Thursday.
Having been added to the England squad that snatched a draw from the jaws of defeat in the First Test, Paddy Power list the Durham quick at 10/3 to take most Australian wickets in their first innings and 16/1 to return with a Man of the Match performance. Punters are clearly linking Harmison’s return to the fold to his performance the last time the old foes met in a Test at Lords in 2005 when his pace sent the Aussie batsmen running for cover and first aid repairs, setting the tone for the rest of that unforgettable summer.
Darren Haines, cricket betting spokesman for the bookie, said: “Onions may be the next man in the England pecking order but punters are firmly backing Harmison to ride to the rescue – and put some much needed fear into what must be a very relaxed Australian batting line up right now.”
However today’s squad announcement has done little to prevent England’s odds drifting ahead of Thursday’s match. Having beaten the Australians only once at Lords in the last 113 years England are now at 3/1 from 11/4 for the win with Australia the 13/8 favourites and the draw finding favour at 6/5 from 11/8.
Kevin Pietersen is considered unlikely to throw away his wicket quite so easily at Lords and is 3/1 to again top score for England in their first innings. England’s First Test saviour Paul Collingwood is 13/2 whilst unlikely batting heroes Jimmy Anderson and Monty Panesar are 150/1 and 200/1, respectively.
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