Monday 13 July 2009 

Harmison's Odds Slashed After Inclusion

Harmison's Odds Slashed After Inclusion
Harmison's Odds Slashed After Inclusion
© Action Images / Andrew Couldridge
 

Cricket Betting: The odds on Steve Harmison being England's leading wicket taker against Australia this summer have halved following his inclusion in the squad for the Second Test.

Durham paceman Harmison was 16/1 with Ladbrokes to claim the most scalps after being left out of the First Test at Cardiff.

But they have now chopped the price to 8/1 after he was named in the 14 man squad for Lord's.

Harmison is 7/2 third favourite to take the most wickets in the first innings at HQ, behind 9/4 favourite James Anderson and 3/1 second favourite Andrew Flintoff.

Ladbrokes cricket betting spokesman Robin Hutchison said: "Harmison proved he could worry the Aussies at New Road.

"But his promotion in the betting owes as much to the spineless performance of his team mates at Cardiff as his own potential."

Ian Bell is 5/1 to top score for England at Lord's, where the home team are 3/1 for victory. Australia are 7/4  with the draw priced at 11/10.

LATEST ASHES BETTING

Second Test

3/1        England
11/10        Draw
7/4        Australia

Top England Wicket Taker

9/4        James Anderson
3/1        Andrew Flintoff
7/2        Steve Harmison
4/1        Graham Onions
4/1        Stuart Broad
5/1        Graeme Swann
8/1        Monty Panesar

Top England Runscorer

3/1        Kevin Pietersen
4/1        Alistair Cook
4/1        Andrew Strauss
5/1        Ravi Bopara
5/1        Ian Bell
6/1        Paul Collingwood
7/1        Matthew Prior
9/1        Andrew Flintoff

Top Australia Runscorer

7/2        Ricky Ponting
4/1        Simon Katich
9/2        Mike Hussey
5/1        Phil Hughes
5/1        Michael Clarke
7/1        Marcus North
10/1        Brad Haddin

Top Australia Wicket Taker

2/1        Mitchell Johnson
5/2        Peter Siddle
3/1        Brett Lee
3/1        Ben Hilfenhaus
4/1        Stuart Clark
6/1        Nathan Hauritz

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Series Betting

Winner

9/4        England
7/2        Draw
4/5        Australia

Top Series Runscorer

3/1        Ricky Ponting
5/1        Kevin Pietersen
5/1        Simon Katich
8/1        Alistair Cook
8/1        Marcus North
8/1        Paul Collingwood
12/1        Brad Haddin
12/1        Michael Clarke
16/1        Andrew Strauss

20/1 bar

Top Series Wicket Taker

7/4        Mitchell Johnson
5/1        Ben Hilfenhaus
5/1        James Anderson
7/1        Peter Siddle
10/1        Andrew Flintoff
10/1        Graeme Swann
10/1        Nathan Hauritz
20/1        Stuart Broad
25/1        Brett Lee
25/1        Stuart Clark
25/1        Steve Harmison

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Top Australia Series Runscorer

6/5        Ricky Ponting
7/2        Simon Katich
5/1        Marcus North
9/1        Brad Haddin
9/1        Michael Clarke
12/1        Mike Hussey
12/1        Phil Hughes

Top Australia Series Wicket Taker

Evs        Mitchell Johnson
3/1        Ben Hilfenhaus
4/1        Peter Siddle
5/1        Nathan Hauritz
16/1        Brett Lee
16/1        Stuart Clark

Top England Series Runscorer

2/1        Kevin Pietersen
9/4        Paul Collingwood
5/1        Andrew Strauss
7/1        Matthew Prior
7/1        Ravi Bopara
8/1        Alistair Cook

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Top England Series Wicket Taker

13/8        James Anderson
4/1        Andrew Flintoff
4/1        Graeme Swann
6/1        Stuart Broad
7/1        Graham Onions
8/1        Steve Harmison

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