Australia favourite for opening Test against South Africa at the WACA

australia-steve-smithAustralia starts favourite for tomorrow’s opening Test against South Africa at the WACA, but Sportsbet punters prefer the Proteas.

Australia is priced at $2.05, South Africa is paying $2.85, with the draw at $4.65, while 60% of punters have backed South Africa, with the remaining money on Australia or the draw.

A total of 32 punters have taken the $101 on offer for the match to end in a tie.

Punters are also backing Shaun and Mitchell Marsh to star on their home deck, with Shaun priced at $5.00 to be Australia’s top run scorer while Mitchell is paying $11.

Both are also well backed to score a first innings century, with Shaun priced at $6.00 and Mitchell $12.00.

Around 70% of the money has been on Mitchell Starc $2.70 to be Australia’s leading wicket taker in the first innings, with the money split between Dale Steyn $3.50 and Kagiso Rabada $3.75 to top the South African tally.

In series betting, Australia is odds-on favourite at $1.80 with South Africa paying $2.90.

The punters disagree with Sportsbet’s assessment, with 80% of the money backing South Africa and just 15% on Australia.

The remaining 5% of punters are backing a series draw at $5.00.

“Australia at the WACA is a tough ask for any touring side and our boys deserve favouritism, but punters haven’t forgotten the 5-0 loss at the hands of South Africa in the recent one-day series and are staking their money accordingly,” said Sportsbet’s Ben Bulmer.

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Australia vs South Africa odds

Head to Head odds
$2.05 Australia
$4.65 Draw
$2.85 South Africa
$101 Tie

Draw No Bet odds
$1.59 Australia
$2.26 South Africa

Win The Toss odds
$1.87 Australia
$1.87 South Africa

Australia Top Runscorer 1st innings odds

$4.00 David Warner
$4.00 Steve Smith
$5.00 Shaun Marsh
$5.00 Usman Khawaja
$6.00 Adam Voges
$11.00 Mitchell Marsh
$15.00 Peter Nevill
$67.00 Mitchell Starc
$67.00 Nathan Lyon
$67.00 Peter Siddle
$201 Josh Hazlewood

To Score A Century 1st Innings odds

$4.50 David Warner
$4.50 Steve Smith
$5.00 Faf du Plessis
$5.00 Hashim Amla
$6.00 Shaun Marsh
$6.00 Quentin de Kock
$6.00 Adam Voges
$6.50 JP Duminy
$7.00 Dean Elgar
$7.00 Stephen Cook
$7.00 Temba Bavuma
$12.00 Mitchell Marsh

Others quoted

South Africa Top Runscorer 1st innings odds

$3.75 Hashim Amla
$4.33 Faf du Plessis
$6.00 Dean Elgar
$6.00 Stephen Cook
$7.00 JP Duminy
$7.00 Quinton de Kock

Others quoted

Australia Leading Wicket Taker odds

$2.70 Mitchell Starc
$4.00 Josh Hazelwood
$4.33 Peter Siddle
$4.50 Nathan Lyon
$6.50 Mitchell Marsh

Others quoted

South Africa Leading Wicket Taker odds

$3.50 Dale Steyn
$3.75 Kagiso Rabada
$4.33 Vernon Philander
$4.50 Morne Morkel

Others quoted

Series Betting odds

$1.80 Australia
$2.90 South Africa
$5.00 Draw

All odds are subject to change at bookmaker’s discretion.

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