Punters with leading online bookmaker sportsbet are leading a charge with their wallets for Shane Warne to return to the Australian XI during the 2010/11 Ashes Series.
Warne is just $3.75 to play in at least one of the remaining three Tests, with $1.22 on offer for Warne not to return.
“We’ve had dozens of punters ringing us in the past few days wanting to get a bet on Warnie returning at some point during the Ashes Series,” said sportsbet’s Haydn Lane.
“I think the best chance of seeing the great man return is if the Perth Test is a draw. That way we’ll still be down by one Test with two to go and then a date with the MCG beckons.
“He’ll probably win the Melbourne Test on his personality alone with 100,000 screaming Victorians behind him and can then bowl us to victory on a raging turner in Sydney!”
Unfortunately for Warne supporters, most punters also believe the Perth Test will not go the distance.
The odds for Australia to win and for a Draw have reversed since markets opened immediately following the Second Test, with Australia $3.40 into $2.65 and the Draw $2.65 out to $3.75. England has firmed from $2.55 into $2.40.
“At this stage punters clearly think the match will be decided inside five days on a lively pitch,” said Lane.
“Less than 10 percent of bets on the Third Test have been on the Draw, while slightly more money has been bet on England than Australia.”
The chopping and changing of the Australian lineup is expected to continue, with 19 or more players used this series now the $3 favourite, in from $81 at the start of the series.
Total Australian players used in 2010/11 Ashes Series
11 players (was $9)
12 players (was $3.25)
13 players (was $3)
14 players (was $3.25)
15 players $11 (out from $8)
16 players $4.50 (in from $17)
17 players $3.75 (in from $26)
18 players $3.25 (in from $41)
19 or more players $3.00 (in from $81)
Players must start in starting 11 to be counted – 12th Men are not included