Stan Hey: 6-5 Against

Click to follow
The Independent Online

This could be the last time when summer sports form a betting portfolio, with tennis in America, and rugby and more cricket to enjoy here.

"Enjoy" may jar with those who hate T20 but try seeing it as another chance for England to bash the Aussies. Two matches are scheduled, one tomorrow, one on Tuesday, both at Old Trafford. Somewhat optimistic given that Manchester and a Bank Holiday are the cue for the monsoon season.

Younger teams faces the dance music – Joe Denly, Luke Wright and Eoin Morgan will be swinging for England, while Australia field sheep-shearing types in David Hussey, Cameron White and Adam Voges. The bookies favour Australia for the series (2-1 Ladbrokes) but slap a tenner on England at totesport's 3-1.

We've already backed Andy Murray for the US Open and being No 2 seed will allow time to plan the defeat of Roger Federer in the final. In the women's singles, the instinct is to pick a Williams sister but their home slam record is surprisingly patchy – Venus won in 2000 and 2001, Serena in 2002 and 2008. Recent Toronto winner, Elena Dementieva, could land this. £10 win at 8-1, Bet365.

Huddersfield take on Warrington in rugby league's Challenge Cup final at Wembley today – an unexpected line-up. We picked Warrington to win the Super League but they started badly and are finishing badly. In between they've played well. We can get our stake back with a £10 win on Wolves, 6-5 sportingbet.

*England's cricketers duly landed the odds – bets at 9-4 for the series win, and 10-1 for a 2-1 scoreline, raked in £122.50, with a small loss on Cook and Hussey as top batsmen.