Bookies: Australia edge day one

  • Last Updated: December 6 2013, 8:58 GMT

Australia edged a tight first day at the Adelaide Oval according to the bookies, who make them 5/4 for the second Test.

Australia have been trimmed for the second Test
Australia have been trimmed for the second Test

The hosts made a good start despite losing David Warner for 29, with Chris Rogers and Shane Watson putting on over a hundred before the pair fell in successive overs.

Monty Panesar then took the wicket of Steve Smith on his return to the England Test side and at that point, as the players took tea, England had shortened to 5/2 with Sky Bet having touched 7/1 prior to the fall of the second wicket.

Australia responded well, though, losing just George Bailey before closing the day on 273 for five, which saw them cut once more while England were eased to 4/1 with Betfred and 7/2 generally. The draw remains very much a factor at 13/8 with Sky Bet.

Sky Bet set Australia's first innings total line at 430.5 and go 5/6 your choice of over or under, while those who believe England will struggle from here can back Australia at 4/9 in the draw no bet market with Ladbrokes.

When England do begin their response, Alastair Cook is the man most likely to lead the way according to BetVictor who make him 3/1 to top score. Kevin Pietersen, who is the fancy of our Dave Tickner, can be backed at 7/2.

  • Posted at 0815 GMT on 05/12/2013.