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Tom Stitfall 26th Jul 2013 - 8:54

Brilliant Bell Backed For England...£1k Wager Says He Will Do It

It has been one way traffic for Ian Bell from William Hill punters who are desperate to back the in-form batsman to top score for England in the Third Test of the Ashes. He has been backed in from 5/1 to 4/1 since betting opened and was the subject of a £1000 wager on Thursday.

"Ian Bell has already top scored for England twice in two tests and our punters reckon he can do it again," said William Hill spokesman Joe Crilly.

England are unsurprisingly odds on at 5/6 to win the Third Test with Australia friendless at 4/1. The draw has been well backed at 15/8.

The major talking point ahead of the Third Test is the potential inclusion of David Warner and he is 5/1 to top score for Australia.

Third Test:

5/6 England; 4/1 Australia; 15/8 draw

Top home batsman: 7/2 Alastair Cook; 7/2 Jonathan Trott; 4/1 Ian Bell; 4/1 Joe Root; 4/1 Kevin Pietersen; 9/1 Jonny Bairstow; 12/1 BAR

Top Australia batsman: 11/4 Michael Clarke; 4/1 Shane Watson; 9/2 Chris Rogers; 5/1 David Warner; 11/2 Ed Cowan; 11/2 Phil Hughes; 11/2 Usman Khawaja; 8/1 BAR

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