Cricket punters are taking a leaf from the Ricky Ponting playbook and hooking into Australia to win the forthcoming day-night against Pakistan in Brisbane.
According to UBET, fans cannot foresee anything bar a triumph by the hosts, who have enticed 10 times more head-to-head investment than the tourists.
“Australia went up $1.55 and has been driven down to $1.38,” said UBET spokesperson Gerard Daffy, adding “the biggest bet struck has been $10,000 for Australia at $1.42.”
“Also, apart from some heavy action in the ‘singles’ book, Steve Smith’s men have also been hugely popular through multis.”
Pakistan, meanwhile, has drifted from $3.75 to $5.25.
“The argument that the conditions at the Gabba will suit their bowlers, particularly once the sun goes down, is a sound one and they do look some value,” said Daffy.
One thing most punters agree on is the improbability of a draw, which is now out to $6.50, one of the highest prices ever seen in this country against a competitive nation.
An interesting sidelight has been the Most Runs – Australia 1st Innings market, where Usman Khawaja has been preferred at $4.50 over Steve Smith and Dave Warner, both $3.75, even though the latter two have been the form Australian players over the past year or so.