Aussies still odds-on in Perth

  • Last Updated: December 15 2013, 8:30 GMT

Australia are 8/13 for an Ashes-winning victory in the third Test after reducing England to 180/4 on day two in Perth.

Root falls to Watson in controversial circumstances
Root falls to Watson in controversial circumstances

The hosts, already 2-0 up in the series, started the day at 4/11 but drifted to odds-against when England got to 85/0 having picked up the last four Australian wickets for just 59 runs on the second morning.

But two quick wickets - including a controversial caught-behind decision against Joe Root - saw Australia back odds-on before the key wickets of Alastair Cook (72) and Kevin Pietersen (19) kept the hosts in front.

They ended the day at a widely-available 8/13 to win the game.

England are a general 9/2 to reduce the deficit to 2-1 over the next three days with 888sport and unibet a fraction longer at 23/5, while a draw is 10/3 with both Sky Bet and bet365.

The Australians remain 1/20 (general) for the series with England out to 33/1 (general) to stage a remarkable recovery, while a 2-2 draw is a general 12/1.

Captain Cook is in the pavilion with 72 runs to his name and he's the 11/4 favourite to be top England batsman in the current innings, while the not-out men, Ian Bell (9) and Ben Stokes (14), can be backed at 3/1 and 30/1 respectively.

The correct-score betting for the series has seen Australia trimmed to 11/4 (in places) for a 5-0 scoreline although 3/1 (bet365, Ladbrokes) is still available and the whitewash does head that market with 4-0 (top price 4/1 - Ladbrokes) a general second favourite with most firms as the punters desert the current holders of the urn.

  • Story posted at 1050 GMT on 14/12/2013.