As the Australian wickets tumbled at Trent Bridge, Stuart Broad’s odds to win BBC Sports Personality of the Year did likewise.
The Nottinghamshire seamer devastated Australia’s batting line up during the opening minutes of the fourth Ashes Test, claiming an astonishing five wickets with just 19 deliveries to equal the quickest five-for in history.
Broad began the day a 40/1 no-hoper to be anointed Sports Personality, but following his flurry of wickets, a surge of bets saw his price whittle into 10/1, before shriveling further to 7’s upon the collection of his seventh scalp.
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The Notts ace finished the innings with eight wickets in the bag, giving up a paltry 15 runs as the tourists were castled for just 60 and it looks increasingly likely that his exemplary performance with the moving ball will ensure England regain the coveted Urn.
It was an act of one-man heroism to echo sentiments of Andrew Flintoff from the 2005 Ashes, when his antics with bat and ball during the second Test at Edgbaston provided the platform for England to land unlikely series win.
After losing 5-0 when the sides most recently met, it could be argued victory for the hosts was equally unlikely here as it was ten years ago.
Should Broad’s efforts lay the foundations for England triumph, as they most certainly will at this stage, Sports Personality of the Year recognition, based on Flintoff’s claiming of the gong in 2005, would be well deserved.
Glenn Woodage, bookmaker at bwin said;
“It’s not just Aussie wickets plummeting, it’s Stuart Broad’s odds to capture the Sports Personality of the Year award. Like Clarke, Smith and Warner – we’ve never had a morning like this. In terms of gambling driving down the markets it’s incredible.
“Cricketers have historically done well in the competition and after this devastating spell of record breaking bowling, Broad has given him every chance of joining Flintoff and Botham on the SPOTY favourites.”