AN unbeaten opening stand between David Warner and debutant Cameron Bancroft has led Australia to victory in the first Test of the 2017/18 Ashes series.
The pair chased down 170 in the fourth innings with more than two sessions to spare, thus extending the home side’s loss-free streak at the Gabba to 28 years.
Online bookmakers are predicting more pain for the visitors in a week’s time.
Ashes 2nd Test odds
Neds.com.au has installed Australia as $1.62 favourites to win the second Test, which kicks off in Adelaide next Saturday.
England are paying $3.25 to square the series, while the draw is giving up tempting odds of $6.50.
Both sides will be eager to make history with a win in the first-ever Ashes Test to be played under lights.
Meanwhile, Smith’s match-saving 141 not out sees him head to SA as the clear frontrunner in the major player props at Sportsbet.com.au.
The skipper is pegged at $3.25 to top score in Australia’s first innings, and at $6 to claim a second consecutive MOTM award.
Joe Root remains the best of the English hopes in both of those markets, despite questions over his technique after copping two near-identical LBW dismissals.
Although Cummins and Nathan Lyon were the pick of the Aussie bowlers in the first Test, Sportsbet is backing Mitchell Starc ($2.75) and Josh Hazlewood ($3) to find their rhythm in Adelaide.
James Anderson was some ways short of his best at the Gabba, but the veteran seamer is England’s top hope for most wickets at $3 odds.
2017/18 Ashes series betting
Unsurprisingly, Australia’s rescue act in Brisbane has had a significant impact on series odds.
Bookies had them as far out as $1.50 a week ago, but CrownBet.com.au has brought them into a mere $1.17 to regain the urn.
The holders, meanwhile, have floated out to $5 to retain the Ashes and $8 to win the series outright.
The mood around the Aussie camp has shifted from outrage over dodgy selections to expectations of another dominant result on home soil.
A 5-0 whitewash to the hosts is paying $6 at Sportsbet, as are both 4-0 and 4-1 results.
As the only centurion in Brisbane, Australia captain Smith has taken a hefty lead in the race for top series runscorer ($2.50) and player of the series ($3).
Starc remains the best bet for top series bowler at $2.50 odds, while Lyon ($5) has moved up to the third line of betting on the back of an excellent five-wicket display.
Sportsbet has gone off Alastair Cook for top series batsman ($21) after a pair of failures at the Gabba, with Root ($6.50) and impressive newcomers Mark Stoneman and James Vince (both $18) the best of the British chances.
Stuart Broad ($8) is now the only English bowler paying single digits for most series wickets.
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