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Rupert Wyman 4th Dec 2010 - 22:29

The Ashes - 2nd Test Day Three - Betting updates and blog

Day Three of the 2nd Test is almost upon us and England will be hoping to add to their overnight lead of 72. There is cloud cover today which could help the bowlers and there is some rain forecast for later in the match which adds to the drama.


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If England can bat till tea they will be in a strong position to win the match. Can KP and Cook add to their overnight scores of 86 and 136 respectively? Cook is 11/10 to get another double ton. Australia 25/1 Draw 11/8 England 4/7

00:00 Players stride out to the middle. Doug Bollinger to open the bowling, he has one wicket so far, he's 7/4 to be top wicket taker in the innings.

00:05 Pietersen gets an early boundary and moves into the 90's. He's Evens to score a 150 and 4/6 to be next man out.

00:15 Australia use one of their referrals on an LBW appeal against Pietersen, the ball hits him outside the line though and that's a waste for Australia. England looked untroubled so far. No change in the overnight prices yet.

00:25 KP gets his ton!! That's all of England's top four now with centuries in this series and we're only in the third innings. He was 5/2 to get that when he came in and if you backed him you can collect now.

00:30 The lead goes past 100 and KP goes on the attack pulling Bollinger for four. England look the only possible winners of this match, could the weather save Australia though, with Tuesday's forecast looking dodgy. Adelaide Weather Forecast

00:40 COOK GONE!!! Cook caught behind on 148 and England now 351/3. Brilliant innings from Cook again. That brings Paul Collingwood to the crease, he got a double ton here four years ago Australia 28/1 Draw 13/10 England 8/13

00:50 Ryan Harris looks to be carrying an injury to further add to Australia's woes. Could be a good time to back someone else for top wicket taker in the innings. Bollinger is 3/1.

KP starting to put his foot down, smashing Siddle for two boundaries in three balls and he's on to 121. He's now 1/4 to the top batsman in this innings, he'll need 149 to get past Cook.

DRINKS: England will be happy with that first hour of play, the run rate is healthy and only one wicket down.England 378/3 Australia 33/1 Draw 6/5 England 8/13

Expect some fireworks from KP now, he's 11/8 for a double century.

01:25 England's lead goes past 400, it's now a 150 lead and a fifty partnership for these two off just 54 balls. Collingwood scoring well, he's on to 24 and is 8/15 for a fifty. All going along well for The Three Lions and Australia continue to toil. They'll want a big lead though as the pitch still looks very flat. KP hits a big six, the barmy army loving this.

01:40 Doherty doesn't look a test match bowler to me and Paul Collingwood smashes him to the boundary twice in the over, England have scored over a hundred runs in this session and there's twenty minutes to go, another superb performance.  Australia 40/1 Draw 13/10 England 4/7

01:50 Marcus North come on to bowl and turns one square. Good news for Graeme Swann. He's 6/4 to be the top 2nd innings wicket taker.

Pietersen has a whopping 22 boundaries so far, it's 17/20 he gets 29 or more

01:55 Talk in the William Hill offices of when England will declare, we think around 560 at tea. KP gets to his 150 and he's on all-out attack now. Should be fun.....

LUNCH England score 132 runs in the session at over five an over. Another session like that and we can think about declaring. I'm sure you'll be staying awake to watch KP continue in 40 minutes Australia 40/1 Draw 6/4 England 1/2

02:40 Back after lunch and this session should be about quick runs for England. KP is the perfect man to deliver them and there should be some fireworks. It's currently 17/20 for 4 or more runs in the next over, that looks a good bet with England on the attack.

02:45 COLLINGWOOD GONE!!! LBW to Watson for 42, brings in Ian Bell. Australia 33/1 Draw 11/8 England 8/15

Bell's in good form, he's Evens money to be next man out, KP 8/11.

03:25 England continue to accumulate runs and they move on to 492/4,  a lead of 247. Looking forward to the Aussie innings Graeme Swann is now 5/6 to be the top bowler.

Worringly there is talk of bad weather on the horizon. Australia 33/1 Draw 13/10 England 4/7

03:55 KP moves onto 191 with a couple of boudaries in quick succession. The match prices not moving much at the moment, I expect that won't change much until Australia start batting. The commentators are talking of England gaining a lead of 400 before declaring, that seems too many, I think 350 will be enough meaning a declaration when they reach around 600, it's currently 508/4. As England push it's currently 8/11 that there is a boundary in the next over.

04:20 200 for Kevin Pietersen! Great knock for KP, England on 527/4, a lead of 283. There is some rain in the air but not enough for the players to go off yet.

Australia 40/1 Draw 13/10 England 4/7

TEA England 551/4, a lead of 306. No sign of a declaration yet. Another great session for England and they continue to grind Australia down. The draw price is shortening with some rain in the air, let's hope if doesn't have too big an influence on the final outcome, England clearly the best team and deserve to win this match. Australia 40/1 Draw 6/5 England 8/13

05:00 Oh no!! It's raining and the covers are on, not good for England's hopes of winning the game. Let's hope the delay isn't a long one.

05:40 Still raining and it's had an effect on the match prices with England drifting and the draw shortening.....Australia 50/1 Draw Evens England 8/11

06:20 Doesn't look like there will be any more play today unfortunately, the umpires are likely to make a decision in the next fifteen minutes or so. I've been looking at the Premier League football betting during the delay, I think Sunderland to beat West Ham is the best bet at 5/6.

Weather for tomorrow looks like it could be a problem, with showers and isolated thunderstorms, Tuesday looks even worse - Adelaide Weather

06:40 Play abandoned for the day. Play will re-start at 11.30pm tonight in an attempt to make up for some lost time. England have played perfectly so far and it would be a massive shame if the weather costs them the chance of victory.

I expect Andrew Strauss will declare overnight and Graeme Swann will have his chance to bowl out the Australians, weather permitting. We'll be back later and hopefully the sun is shining and we get a full day's play Cool

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