Cricket glides into 2017, and with it comes the New Year’s test – an annual tradition at the picturesque SCG.
The Pakistanis move into this final test hoping to ensure there won’t be a demoralizing whitewash – especially given that for long periods in this series, Pakistan have actually been in control.
You only need to look back to the Gabba test, where Pakistan went agonizingly close to pulling off the greatest run chase in test history. They fell 39 runs short but their effort to nearly overcome a staggering 490 in their 2nd innings was very special. People should not forget that.
We have 4 tips for the cricket punters at $3.25, $5,0, $7.50 and $7.0
so get stuck in as we enter the new year with profitable ambitions.
Last year’s test in Sydney against the West Indies lost two days to rain and glancing over at the forecast, there are predictions of rain on each and every day of this match. We won’t see a washout like last year, but there will be interruptions with that old chestnut 'a shower or two'. Why don't they say 'a shower or seven'? Meteorology is the only profession in the world where you can get it so wrong and still have a gig....but we digress. There has been brutal humidity as well as 35 degree+ days in Sydney recently although this will cool to a more bearable mid-twenties for most of the test. So expect the weather to have some impact at the very least.
CAN PAKISTAN BOUNCE BACK?
This is a pertinent question – and given the odds, we want to dissect this carefully as the Aussies have come up frightfully short around the $1.40 mark. Some might look at this as 40% on their money for 5 days work, and city fund managers would fall over themselves to generate a 10th of that kind of return in a year, but surely this match isn’t as cut and dried as that. The $1.40 looks very risky on face value.
A lot of punters will be looking at this game thinking how could they back a team that so meekly capitulated at the MCG last week. Yes, it doesn’t necessarily inspire, but with the series won, will there be the same motivation by the Aussies to bury them 3-0? Conversely for Pakistan there will be a real commitment to show the fight that evaporated in the big outfield at the ‘G’ but was never more evident than in those last two days in Brisbane.
THE ONLY WAY IS UP
When he isn’t lairing it up on Instagram or some other form of social media, it is worth listening to Shane Warne. He has been rabbiting on about YASIR SHAH
for a while now, and cometh the hour, cometh the man. When the greatest leggie the world has seen, works himself into a lather like he has about Yasir, you pay attention. Shah has only played 22 tests, but has bagged 122 wickets. He is the fastest modern day player to 100 Test Wickets (in 17 matches) and the SCG is a spinners paradise. He will get a boatload of overs from skipper Misbah-Al-Haq, so we have to side with him to be TOP PAKISTAN BOWLER
in this test.
THE TIP: YASIR SHAH to be TOP PAKISTAN BOWLER