The Ashes Day Two - Betting updates and blog
Day two of the Ashes. I hope you're all feeling fresh for another day of Cricket action. After a poor performance with the bat on day one England will need to fight back with the ball today if they are to hold any hope of winning the match.
Conditions could suit bowling in the morning session, can Stuart Broad make up for his golden duck by taking a few Australian wickets? You can check back here for updates of the match situation, the odds and the best in-running bets available. Let's hope England can make it an interesting game by getting at least three wickets by lunch. Fingers crossed!
00:00 The players are out and Ian Botham reckons it's a bowling day. Let's hope so. Just a no-ball from the first Stuart Broad over.
00:10 Appeal for a caught behind against Katich, given not out and after some deliberation they decide against referring it. Replays show it was nowhere near his bat.
00:20 England are 4/1 at the moment. That will crash with a couple of quick wickets. Nothing too exciting so far though. Aussies are 2/5.
00:25 Another appeal turned down, Broad to Watson, they claim for LBW. He hit though, so not out.
00:30 Massive chance missed, confusion in the running and Simon Katich would have been a mile out but Cook missed the stumps. It's 13/8 that Katich is dismissed by anything other than a catch. That should have been paid out there.
Broad bowling well, he's got both batsman to play and miss. He looks the most likely and is 5/2 to take the first Aussie wicket. Aussies 46/0, they're 2/5 to win.
00:40 The sun is shining now which won't help the bowlers, the Aussies trail by just 212 with ten wickets remaining. England desperate for a wicket soon and they nearly have it as Stuart Broad bowls a brilliant bouncer to Watson which has him in trouble, the ball lands at his feet though and he gets away with it. We have Watson runs at 55.5 (17/20 over or under).
Here comes Steven Finn, can the Middlesex man do the business? He's 4/1 to be top England bowler.
00:50 Finn not causing too much concern for the Aussies yet, they're now 4/11 to win this match and it's starting to look ominous.
00:55 Get Swann on!! The quick bowlers not doing much, is it too early to call for the spinner?
01:00 It's drinks, not great for England fans and backers so far, the early wickets failed to materialise. We now have Aussie runs at 410.5 (over/under is 17/20). That would give them a 150 run lead. Wickets please!
Great minds think alike. Shane Warne now calling for Swann to have a bowl.
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01:15 Just isn't happening for England, unfortunately. Swann will be on soon, he's 7/4 to take the most Aussie wickets in this innings.
01:20 Anderson bowls a beauty to Katich and it hits him on the pad. HE'S OUT! But the Aussies refer it and it's too high, the decision is overturned. You could have got 9/4 on that decision being reversed. Massive shame for England. Australia 75/0.
01:27 Anderson has an LBW appeal turned down again but next ball he has Watson caught behind, YES!! England finally have a breakthrough with half an hour until lunch. 78/1. Prices now revised - Australia 2/5 Draw 9/2 and England 4/1.
Ricky Ponting is in, he's a class act but can be vunerable early in his innings. He is 5/2 to top score for Australia.
01:35 Much better from Anderson in the last couple of overs, he could have had three wickets and got his reward when he snared Watson. Hopefully that will give him confidence and the 7/4 for him to be top England bowler in this innings looks appealing.
01:45 Broad trying some short stuff to Ponting but he's lacking direction. The Aussie captain yet to get off the mark, we rate his first innings runs at 38.5 (17/20 over or under). If England can get one more out before lunch they will consider it a decent morning.
01:50 Surely an over of spin before lunch?
01:57 More decent bowling from Anderson and Ponting is yet to get going in his innings.
Here he is! Graeme Swann gets the one over on the brink of lunch. Can he get a wicket?
02:00 Swann doesn't manage to get a breakthrough and it's lunch.
LUNCH: Aussies had the better of the morning unfortunately for England fans. REVISED ODDS: Australia 4/11, England 4/1, Draw 9/2
Back in 40 minutes for a flurry of Aussie wickets.....
02:40 Welcome back!! Not time to tell you what I did during the lunch break as Anderson strangles Ricky Ponting down the leg side in the first over. You beauty! England in the game now. Australia 96/2. England now in to 7/2 to win. Anderson bowls a beauty next ball and it's too good for Michael Clarke and the ball misses his edge.
Similar dismissal for Ponting as the one at Old Trafford back in 2005.
02:55 Anderson bowling brilliantly now, whilst new man in Michael Clarke looks edgy. Anderson is 8/11 to take most wickets for England. Clarke is 7/2 to top score.
GAME ON!!! Katich is out for 50, he's gone caught and bowled to Steven Finn. Two new batsmen in and all to play for. The ups and downs of Test Cricket. It looked grim for England a little while ago but now it's back in the balance. Australia 4/7 Draw 6/1 England 11/5
Finn gets Hussey to edge his first ball, but it drops short of the slips. Great drama.
03:10 Great bowling from Finn brings a loud appeal for caught behind against Michael Clarke. Strauss is convinced he's hit it and instantly refers it, there's no sign of the edge though on TV and England have used all their appeals. Michael Clarke doesn't look comfortable out there, I would be backing under 32.5 runs at 17/20.
03:30 England keeping it tight, Australia progressing slowly to 114/3. Broad bounces Michael Clarke and it hits him on the helmet. England playing well.
Swann comes on to bowl. Can he get in on the act, he is 7/2 to be top England wicket taker.
03:40 That's drinks and a great hour for England. Their odds of winning have gone from 9/2 to 12/5 following some great bowling. They will feel themselves unfortunate not to have got one or two more wickets but the game is now finely balance with Australia on 126/3. Another couple before tea would put them in charge of the test match.
Jimmy Anderson the pick of the bowlers. Hussey is on 19 but was fortunate to survive early on, he is 8/11 to get a half century and 11/4 for a ton.
04:05 Finn gets Michael Clarke caught behind to leave the Aussies on 140/4. Clarke never looked comfortable especially against the short ball, is his injury troubling him? England won't be worrying about that and are now into 7/4 to win the match. Marcus North is the new man in. Steven Finn has two wickets, level with Anderson and is now 2/1 to be top wicket taker in this innings.
04:10 HERE WE GO!!! Graeme Swann has his first wicket of The Ashes and England are now on top at the Gabba!! The Aussies are reeling on 143/5 after Marcus North edges one to the slips. Fantastic stuff and England will now be looking to bowl the Aussies out with a lead. What a turnaround. Australia 10/11 Draw 15/2 England 6/5
The Aussies were going after Swann but now he has that first wicket his confidence will be up. Can England push home their advantage?
04:25 We're enjoying ourselves in the William Hill offices watching this game, Australia mount a mini-fightback but the game is well and truly poised with Australia on 159/5 with fifteen minutes to tea. England could do with getting Hussey out, he's on 40 at the moment. It's 7/2 that he fails to get to 50. Let's hope that bet is a winner.
04:40 That's tea, England won that session and it's all to play for after the break. Australia 8/11 Draw 15/2 England 6/4
05:00 Back to the action. We have Australia first innings runs at 302.5 (over/under is 17/20). That would mean a lead of 40 and with England bowling last I think they'd take that.
05:25 A quiet spell in the game with Australia on 187/5, trailing by 73. Hussey looks in good form, he's 6/5 to hit a century.
05:55 This partnership is hurting England, Australia now 206/5, just 54 behind. England need to get rid of Hussey ASAP. The new ball is available in five overs, can that swing the game back into England's favour? Australia 1/2 Draw 13/2 England 9/4
06:00 Drinks. There are twenty overs left today and the new ball is available in three overs. Australia are 215/5. This next hour could be crucial to the outcome of the match. At the moment Australia are looking at a decent lead unless things change soon. Hussey looks set for a big score and is 8/13 to get his ton. Can Anderson or Swann produce some magic to tip the balance back in England's favour?
06:15 The new ball is taken but bad light has stopped play with seventeen overs remaining. Not sure whether we'll get any more play today. Michael Hussey the star of the show but England are still in the game when at one stage this morning it looked like they could have been batted completely out of it. Australia 4/9 Draw 11/2 England 11/4.
There is a bit of rain about and no sign of a break in the cloud so that could well be that for the day. If it is then England will have the new ball when play resumes tomorrow and have high hopes of finishing off the Australia innings with a managable deficit.
The game is abandonded for the day. Play is due to start at 11.30pm tonight, half an hour earlier. It should be good!