Cricket Betting: Bookies William Hill took first blood in the second Ashes test when the heavily backed Steve Harmison was left out having been backed from 2/1 to 1/3 to start. "After all the hype we cannot believe that Harmison has been left out and punters have been stiffed," said Hill's spokesman Rupert Adams.
Hills are offering 5/6 that Harmison plays no part in the Ashes series and 5/6 that he does. England winning the toss was a good leveller with Hills reporting solid business at 1/1. England remain by far the best result for the bookies after the patriotic punt failed to materialise.