Hard to know who really won the first day, the bookmakers don’t seem too sure either with the Aussies now at 12/5 from 5/2 and England trimmed from 21/10 to 7/4, only thing that is certain is that after seven wickets falling in a day the draw is now slightly longer odds, drifting from 11/8 to 13/8.
It’s also hard to work out whether England have done well to be on 336/7 or not. On one hand they are notoriously bad starters to test series so could take the fact that they are still in the test at the end of day 1 as a positive, but on the other hand the manner in which some of their batsmen again got themselves out is disappointing, with Cook, Collingwood and Pietersen the main offenders all throwing it away when looking comfortable.
Suppose the answer to how good a score England have will come when the Australians bat at some stage on Thursday.
The day seemed to flow one way and then the other, if the rest of this test – and series as a whole – carry on is this manner it should be an exciting one.
At lunch it was Australia in control, at tea it was England. Then in the final session Australia hit back with the wickets of Collingwood and Pietersen leaving England again in trouble only for Prior and Flintoff to hit the Aussies with a stinging counter attack before the Aussies evened things out with the vital late wickets of England’s number 6 and 7.
England will be hoping Broad and Swann can get them somewhere around 375 tomorrow morning, the Aussie attack who bowled well on Wednesday will be looking for a quick end to England’s innings and then we can see just how good the English 1st innings effort really is.
The draw is still favourite at 13/8 with Blue Square and 888sport
England are 7/4 with Boylesports, Paddy Power and Stan James
Australia are 12/5 with Bet365
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