England ended the day on 196-4 at close of play at The Gabba
Oddschecker punters are siding with Australia to win the opening Test of the Ashes series after the first day at The Gabba. On a day where both sides looked to be in the ascendency, the late loss of England captain Joe Root could arguably have tipped the balance in the host’s favourite.
Both sides will have reason to be happy their performance on day one but it’s the Aussies who Oddschecker users think are most likely to take an early lead in the five-match series. Since the start of play at midnight on Thursday morning, 42.2% of all bets placed on the winners market have been on the hosts, with England lagging behind on just 30%. Just over a quarter of all bets have been on the draw.
Bookmakers have also reacted to the first day’s play by cutting the odds on England to win the series having seemingly been impressed with the way the English batsmen dealt with the much-hyped Australian pace attack. 3/1 before a ball was bowled, they are now best price 11/4 with some firms now offering just 5/2. Indeed England leadi the way in the series betting with 46% of bets placed compared to 33% for the Aussies while the most popular bet in the correct score market since midnight has been England 2-1 at best odds 20/1 with
Oddschecker spokesperson George Elek: “England's old-fashioned appoach to the first day at Brisbane has seen Australia drift to an odds-against price to land the 1st Test, but punters evidently think the bookies have got it wrong as they pile into the hosts. With Root's men seemingly looking to bat for two days, it is something of a surprise that the draw is still the least popular selection”