Best odds and betting preview for 2nd test
Australia are 8/11 with Boylesports
The Draw is 11/4 with Bet365 and Ladbrokes
Pakistan are 5/1 with VC Bet, William Hill, 888Sport and Blue Square
The test is live on Sky Sports 1 from 11.25pm (UK time).
Australia’s odds of 8/11 with Boylesports is the stand out price as most of the other bookies have them much shorter, mainly at 4/7 or 8/13.
Pakistan are without Mohammad Aamer, their best bowler by a mile in the 1st test. They do have Danish Kaneria and Umar Gul available for selection again, so that should soften the blow.
The Aussies have a concern over Simon Katich and have Phil Hughes standing by to deputise for him, can’t see that making much difference to Australia’s chances of winning though.
Mitchell Johnson is now looking like he has found his niche in the bowling department, coming on first change, not a bad option for Ponting to keep up his sleeve. Doug Bollinger has settled into the side well and has looked more than at home so far this season.
Taking into account Pakistan’s awful catching in the 1st test (although it can surely only improve here), they will have to (in theory) get something like 30 wickets to bowl Australia out twice. I can’t see them getting near that, especially now Aamer is out. So I’m ruling out a Pakistan win.
Whether or not the 8/11 (for Australia) is great value I’m not so sure, will probably watch to start with, and maybe get on the Aussies if they drift in the betting to around the Evens mark.