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England odds lengthen ahead of Ashes showdown

Posted on 15/08 by Pom de Turf

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The odds of an England victory have grown further ahead of what promises to be an epic final Ashes Test.

The home side now stand at 5.20 to win the match, with Australia now at 2.45 and the draw at 2.20 with

At one stage England were odds-on to clinch the series but a stunning Australian performance in the fourth Test has shaken up online cricket betting.

The outcome of the series decider, which starts at the Oval on Thursday, could depend on the fitness of Andrew Flintoff for England.

He has been struggling with injury throughout the series and has blown hot and cold thanks to the persistent knee problem.

Australia on the other hand look to have pace bowler Brett Lee back to full fitness but could decide to leave him out, such was the quality of the previous performance at Headingley.

Australia coach Tim Nielsen told The Telegraph the touring staff were "pleased" with the existing pace line up of Ben Hilfenhaus, Peter Siddle and Mitchell Johnson. is also offering odds of 4.00 for captain Ricky Ponting to chalk up Australia's biggest batting score in Australia's first innings, with Andrew Strauss also at 4.00 to do the same for England.

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