Australia out to 9/1 for Ashes

  • By: Andy Schooler
  • Last Updated: July 14 2013, 15:21 BST

Australia are out to 9/1 for Ashes glory after falling just short in a brave bid to win the first Test.

James Anderson: Finished with 10 wickets in the match
James Anderson: Finished with 10 wickets in the match

An enthralling game reached a thrilling conclusion on Sunday.

England had looked set for a comfortable victory when they reduced the Aussies to 231 for nine. At that point they still required 80 and were 1/100.

However, the final pair of Brad Haddin and James Pattinson managed to bat through to lunch and beyond.

They had actually gone favourites in places by the time James Anderson took his 10th wicket of the match - the dismissal of Haddin being referred to hot spot - to dismiss the Aussies 15 runs short of their victory target.

After the game, Australia were lengthened to 9/1 for the five-match series by Ladbrokes. A drawn series is the same price at Boylesports.

England were cut into 2/9 (888sport, Unibet) with Ladbrokes struggling to see any other outcome and going 1/7.

A 5-0 England whitewash is now a general 7/1 shot. On best price, 3-1 England is the correct-score favourite at 5/1 (bet365).

The second Test starts at Lord's on Thursday and England have already been installed as odds-on favourites.

Ladbrokes and BetVictor offer 10/11 with Australia at 4/1 (BetVictor). The draw is 11/4 at bet365.

The 'Magic Sign' also bet on who will play in the game and they expect Tim Bresnan to come in for Steven Finn.

Bresnan is 4/5 to play, Finn, who took just two wickets for 117 runs at Trent Bridge, 5/4 and Graham Onions chalked up at 10/1 for the final bowling slot.

William Hill agree, making Finn 11/10 not to play in the game.

Ladbrokes reported taking more than £1million on the match - a record cricket turnover.

Their Alex Donohue said: "The incredible climax to the Test saw record numbers of bets struck. We were bowled over with the relentless support for England in-play and those who never gave up have been duly rewarded."

"We were seconds away from an incredible result both in-play and outright but we'll take it on the chin if turnover is like this for the remainder of the series."

  • Posted at 1515 BST on 14/07/2013.