The current spell of unsettled weather and indeed the forecast for the next few days, has impacted significantly on the odds for the Third Test between England and Sri Lanka at the Rose Bowl.
The hosts need to avoid defeat in Southampton to wrap up the three-match series, which they currently lead 1-0 and as play is likely to be disrupted by rain, a victory is looking increasingly difficult for the tourists to attain.
England are therefore now just 1/16 with Ladbrokes to be series winners and they’re also 8/5 at Stan James’ to clinch a win in the final game to take the score to 2-0. Sportingbet price the visitors at 18/1 to level matters but the aforementioned ominous forecast means that the odds for a draw have collapsed from 2/1 to 10/11 with Coral over the last few days and with rain predicted at some stage on each of the first three days at least, it’s hard to see the contest reaching a conclusion.
Following his century at Lords, Alistair Cook is, perhaps not surprisingly, well fancied at 7/2 with Totesport to top score with the bat for the home side while Jonathan Trott is also chalked up at 7/2, this time by Betfred. However, Ian Bell shouldn’t be discounted in that market at a generous 11/2 (Paddy Power).
Stan James make Graeme Swann 11/4 to be England’s best wicket taker but the returning James Anderson will be raring to go after missing the Second Test through injury and in damp conditions he could make a real impact; he’s 3/1 at to be the best bowler for the hosts.
Match to be drawn – 8/13 (Coral)
James Anderson to be the top wicket taker for England – 3/1 ()