Australia’s well-documented struggles against the swinging ball seem to be weighing on punters’ minds, with outsiders New Zealand ($3.75) attracting the bulk of bets in the build up to tomorrow’s historic day-night test match in Adelaide.
Bookmaker UBET reports double the number of individual bets for the Kiwis than the hosts.
“Almost everyone who’s played with a pink ball says it hoops, especially around dusk, and it would seem the market is of the opinion the Black Caps batsmen are better equipped to handle the moving ball,” said UBET Media Manager Nick Curry.
“Before the first two tests, the majority of the bets went the way of the hosts, but with all the talk around the swinging pink pill, the bet numbers themselves have reversed.”
Australia was most recently exposed by the moving ball in Edgbaston in July when their batting order ripped apart by England in swing and seam-friendly conditions and eventually bowled out for a meagre 136 runs.
Perth was a paradise for the willow wielders last week, but Adelaide, with the pink ball tipped to move and weather and light conditions certain to change through the course of each day, should be more bowler-friendly.
For the hosts, the man with the most lethal in-swinging yorker in test cricket, Mitchell Starc, has been hammered at $2.60 to collect the most first innings wickets.
While the focus of attention is clearly placed on Flemington tomorrow, those keen to back a winner early in the day might have a look at the first race at Morphettville.
“His red-ball yorker is just about unplayable and, with the pink nut said to swing like a dunny door on curry night, our customers are backing Mitch to bag a bunch.”
UBET punters like Tim Southee at $3.50 to take the most first innings wickets for New Zealand, ahead of Trent Boult at $3.00.