It’s a case of one Yorkshireman for another as Jonny Bairstow received a much-deserved recall to the England set-up ahead of the 3rd test at Edgbaston.
England capitulated in emphatic fashion at Lords, losing the 2nd Ashes Test by 405 runs as Australia levelled the series at 1-1.
Bairstow replaces Gary Ballance in a move that sees Ian Bell and Joe Root move up the order to bat at three and four respectively and BetVictor make England 3/1 to bounce back next week in the Midlands; the Aussies 5/6 favourites and the draw 5/2.
The latter looks unlikely with Alistair Cook imploring the powers that be to produce an ‘English pitch’ which presumes a wicket that favours England’s James Anderson and co with the swinging ball.
Anderson has looked lacklustre thus far but should be at home on his preferred surface and appeals at 5/2 to take the most wickets in the Aussies’ first innings.
Joe Root, backed into 12/1 (from 33s to be Sports Personality of the Year, is unsurprisingly the 5/2 favourite to be England’s top batsman.
However his Yorkshire ‘compatriots’ Adam Lyth and Jonny Bairstow have been playing on these type of wickets all season thus far and appeal at the prices of 11/2 to be England’s top runscorer; the latter 10/11 to out-score Australia’s Adam Voges in a match bet.
Giant-killings stayed away from Wimbledon this term with ante-post favourites Novak Djokovic andSerena Williams both obliging at SW19, however there was respite for bookmakers with Zach Johnson’s Open Championship success at St Andrews.
The American beat Louis Oosthuizen and Marc Leishman in a three-man play-off and after scoring at 100/1 at ‘the home of golf’ is 40/1 (from 80s) to follow-up in next month’s USPGA Championship at Whistling Straits.
Jordan Spieth unsurprisingly heads the market as the 9/2 favourite to collect a third major of theseason and came oh so close to landing the ‘Grand Slam’ on Monday.
The 21-year-old bogeyed the 17th hole, missing out on a play-off by a solitary shot, as the wait for the slam continue.
Nevertheless, the tournament re-enforced Spieth as golf’s new bonafide superstar, however a certain Rory McIlroy would having something to say about that.
McIlroy the 6/1 second favourite to bag a first major of the season next month and 12/1 bar golf’s undoubted ‘big two’.
The big three are all through to the second round of the BetVictor World Matchplay after smooth successes for Phil Taylor, Michael Van Gerwen and Gary Anderson respectively.
Taylor, unbeaten at the Winter Gardens since 2007, looked back to his brilliant best defeating John Henderson 10-2 at his beloved Blackpool and was cut to 11/4 (from 7/2) with the sponsors’ to win an incredible eighth BetVictor World Matchplay Title on the spin.
BetVictor World Matchplay Outright
Michael Van Gerwen Evens (from 7/4)
Phil Taylor 10/3
Gary Anderson 4/1
Taylor has been subsequently eased out to 10/3 however thanks to the awesome second round display by world number one Michael Van Gerwen.
The Dutchman, beaten by Taylor in last year’s final, is now the even money favourite (from 7/4) after a pulsating second round success and recording the fourth highest average ever seen at the Winter Gardens.
A man who has had both of their respective numbers however is Gary Anderson with the Flying Scotsman beating Taylor and ‘MVG’ in the World and Premier League finals respectively.
He looks over-priced at 4/1 with BetVictor chasing a first Matchplay crown, whilst compatriot Peter ‘Snakebite’ Wright is similarly over-priced at 16/1 after lighting up the Blackpool stage at the weekend.
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