Big bet ($20,000k) on England - The Poms to best Australia in blunder and Aussie Steve Smith cops the blame

Big bet ($20,000k) on England - The Poms to best Australia in cricket blunder and Aussie Steve Smith cops the blame; Gonzo journalism sports betting calamity report from Australian Sports Entertainment

Mr punter has dropped almost $24,000 after England’s spectacular Ashes surrender to Steve Smith.

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The Poms (that's England) dive at Edgbaston cost them the first Ashes Test, and it has also left punters in a hole.

The betting odds have been wild as the Aussie's fortunes in the series opener as the Australians have battled their way back from the dead at 8/122 on the first day to scoring a stunning 251-run victory.

One punter would be feeling pretty sick after launching in to back the hosts on Sunday night before play started on day four. When Australia were 3/124 with just a 34-run lead, the punter placed $23,805 at $1.58 for a potential collect of $37,611.90.

By the end of the day’s play, the Aussie's had declared a 7/487, leaving the Poms as $34 outsiders and needing a miracle to return and win.

That mug's er punter’s same bet now would be worth an $809,370 collect.. ah, hypertheticals, don't you just love em punters.

At their shortest price, England were $1.25 at stumps on day 2 after dismissing the Aussie's for 284 and setting themselves up perfectly at 4/267 in reply.

Punters could have got as much as $7 then for Tim Paine’s fellas to win the Test, while the draw has been as long as $19 when the Aussies were at their lowest of the low point.

At stumps, Australia are $1.85 favourites to take a one-nil lead in the series, while the draw is $2 and the English miracle victory is $34.


Below are the five biggest bets the TAB has taken on the first Test:

$23,805 at $1.58 on England (placed Sunday night before day four started)

$3500 at $1.50 on England (placed on day two)

$3172 at $1.68 on England (placed on day two)

$3000 at $1.55 on England (placed on day one)

$2000 at $2.40 on Australia (placed before the First Test started)

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Two separate bets of $1000 bucks at $7 were placed on the draw, and both came in before play on day 4.

A couple of punters were rewarded for backing the Aussie's to win the Test when they were at their longest odds — a sweet $7 — after stumps on day 2 when England were 4/267 and set to charge past the visitors’ first-innings total of 284.

Seven bets of $100 were placed on Australia at $7, while one lucky punter had $572 and another $150 for sweet returns.


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The 2019 Ashes series is here, and the 2019-20 summer of cricket is just around the corner, with a sweet spread of matches for you to watch in the coming months. Here's all the info you need to watch every minute of all Australian domestic and international matches.. so you can just enjoy the game, or have a punt or two, to your heart's delight. But never bet more than you can afford to loose - ya got that Punter?!

International cricket | Big Bash League | Domestic cricket

The Ashes

Unlike most international cricket, the Ashes are locked into a pre-existing broadcast agreement with the Nine Network.

Under Australia’s anti-siphoning laws, the Ashes must be shown on free to air TV if a network wants them, and Channel Nine hold the rights.

They will broadcast all five Tests on 9Gem, which can be found on Channel 95 in high definition, or Channel 92 in standard definition.

To stream the Ashes, you’ll want to use 9Now.

Australian international cricket

As of last summer, international cricket fixtures played in Australia are broadcast on Foxtel and Channel Seven.

Test matches

Both Seven and Fox will simulcast the upcoming Test series against Pakistan and New Zealand. Fox’s coverage will be on Fox Cricket (501), while Seven’s coverage may vary between Seven proper or 7mate – check your local listings for confirmation.

Limited overs matches

Fox Sports have exclusive rights to broadcast ODIs and T20Is, meaning they’ll be the sole broadcasters of the T20 series with Sri Lanka and Pakistan and March’s ODI series against New Zealand. Like the Tests, this will be available on Fox Cricket (501).

Away matches

Away games are, once again, exclusive to Fox Sports. This includes Tests, ODIs and T20Is although it excludes the upcoming Ashes series, as Nine had already secured the rights to it prior to the current TV rights deal coming into effect.

Live streaming

As far as live streaming goes, your best option will be to use Kayo Sports. They’ll have every upcoming Australian international cricket game – except the Ashes – live. It will cost you between $25 to $35 a month punter.


To witness all of Australia’s home fixtures which will be broadcast on Seven and Fox.

Big Bash

Of the 56 home-and-away Big Bash League matches, 40 of them will be simulcast on both Seven and Fox Sports. The remaining 16 will be exclusive to Fox Sports.

Once again, Kayo is your best bet when it comes to live streaming.


The 56-match Women’s Big Bash League season will see 23 matches broadcast on Fox Sports and Kayo. The rest will be available for a free live stream on You can check the full WBBL fixtures to see which matches will be broadcast.

Domestic cricket

Sheffield Shield

All Sheffield Shield matches, except for the final, are exclusive to, who offer a free live stream – although you need to create a Cricket ID to gain access.

The final itself, however, is broadcast on Fox Cricket and Kayo.

One-day cup

One-day cup fixtures are split between Fox Cricket and

Women’s National Cricket League

Like the Sheffield Shield, the women’s one-day cricket competition is exclusively available on to those with a Cricket ID.


A Look Back at the 2007 Cricket Scandal with Pakistan connections; Punters can draw own conclusions

The death of Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer has cast the blowtorch on corruption in professional cricket, with rumours circuiting of a strong link to the world of illegal betting.

Tours to apartheid-era South Africa, perennial ball-tampering rows, the fallout from The Poms boycott of Zimbabwe and the Bodyline series of the early 1930s all generated tons of news media.

Pale in comparison with cricket's darkest "secret", the ongoing scandal of match fixing.

Commentators have been quick to link Woolmer's death with the underworld. Conspiracy theories that he was silenced as he about to lift the lid on the world of match rigging have spread far and wide.

Lets go to 2000. Before then, Pakistan batsman Salim Malik's reputation was as an elegant stroke-player with such spirit that on one occasion he played with a broken arm.

After 2000, Malik was a cricketing stain, banned for life for his part in (alleged) match fixing.

At the centre of cricketing's worst problem is the status of gambling in the region. Without the option of legitimate betting, gamblers in cricket-mad South Asia call on the services of bookmakers. Those bookmakers are sometimes in the back pockets of ... um, the Underworld!

And the sums of money involved are frigging huge.

Lord Condon, former head of the Metropolitan Police and now the head of the International Cricket Council's corruption unit, says up to $1bn can be gambled globally on a single one-day international such as a key World Cup game. Yep, you read correctly punter.

Much of that cash will pass through the t bookmakers in places like Mumbai and Karachi, and the temptation to steer the odds in their favour is huge.

Hansie is a God-fearing, intense cricketer - he would never succumb to such a thing.

Malik's eventful downfall came because Aussie stars Shane Warne, Tim May and Mark Waugh accused him of offering them money to play badly during a tour of Pakistan in 1994.

Mr Warne and Mr Waugh eventually had their own run-ins with the cricket bosses after it emerged they had accepted money from an Indian bookmaker in exchange for info during the tour to Sri Lanka in the same year.

But it was the investigation, led by Justice Malik Muhammad Qayyum, into the numerous allegations against Malik that was to provide a real blow to the balls of cricket.

After Justice Qayyum's report Malik and fast bowler Ata-ur Rehman were banned for life. He recommended six other players should be fined, including Inzamam-ul-Haq, Waqar Younis and Wasim Akram.

In Dec 2000, the Board of Control for Cricket in India completed its investigation of allegations of match fixing by handing life bans to former team captain and flamboyant batsman Mohammad Azharuddin and fellow test star Ajay Sharma.

All-rounder Manoj Prabhakar and batsman Ajay Jadeja were suspended for five years.

But perhaps the greatest black mark in the history of the sport came on 7 April 2000 when Delhi police released transcripts of phone conversations between South African captain Hansie Cronje and businessman Sanjay Chawla.

The resolute Cronje, like Azharuddin and Malik, was idolised by fans and fellow players alike.

Woolmer, who had coached South Africa, was one of many to initially defend the born-again Christian against the charges.

"Hansie is a God-fearing, intense cricketer. He would never succumb to such a thing. It beggars belief," he said.

But within four days, Cronje had made a 3am call to Ali Bacher, the head of South African cricket, to admit to receiving money from a bookmaker for forecasting. He was sacked as captain.

Newspaper, The Guardian, explained up the mood of the time when it used the headline "We can no longer say it's not cricket". The Times simply said "Cronje and cricket stare into abyss".

In June, Judge Erwin King started South Africa's investigation into Cronje's corruption and the all-rounder soon admitted taking money to ask team-mates to play badly. He denied ever fixing or throwing a match.

In his evidence both Azharuddin and Malik were accused of involvement with bookies.

Herschelle Gibbs admitted taking $15,000 from Cronje to score under 20 runs in a match in India and accused his captain of offering bribes to get a match thrown.

Gibbs and bowler Henry Williams were given moderate bans from international cricket, while Cronje received a lifetime ban. In June 2002 he died in an air crash.

In the autumn of 2000, bookmaker Mukesh "MK" Gupta accused England wicketkeeper and former captain Alec Stewart of accepting cash for info, something he vehemently denied. He was later cleared by the England and Wales Cricket Board.

Former New Zealand captain Martin Crowe and Sri Lankans Aravinda da Silva and Arjuna Ranatunga were also later cleared.

The same year also saw the appointment of Condon as chief corruption investigator and he has become one of the key figures in the fight against match-fixing.

In May 2001, his first report included allegations of murder, kidnap and drug use and condemned a climate of "silence, apathy, ignorance and fear" in the once great game of cricket. He traced match fixing back to the 1970s.

Speaking to the House of Lords recently he said the rise of more varied methods of gambling, such as spread betting had made the opportunities for corruption more diverse and sophisticated.

There was no need now for a risky proposition, like attempting to corrupt a whole team. Instead, the Byzantine array of options in spread betting means bookmakers only need to "GET" at one player.

"The betting analogy that I often draw is that the corrupt sportsman creates the equivalent of knowing in advance when the roulette wheel is going to land on red or black," said Condon.

"Imagine the betting potential if you knew that. Even better, by fixing a part of a sporting event - say, fixing to bowl two wides in a particular over of a cricket match - he creates the equivalent in betting terms of knowing in advance when the roulette wheel is going to land on an individual number, thus enabling a massive betting coup because of the long odds that you can obtain on such an event."

The end result was that rather than satisfying themselves that they have stamped out corruption, the cricket authorities must be aware that they may never beat it.

"In some countries, it is now more lucrative to engage in sports corruption than drug dealing or robbery," he noted.

West Indies all-rounder Marlon Samuels is currently under investigation over allegations he supplied team information to Indian bookmaker Mukesh Kochchar. Police in India believe Kochchar may have links to India's most notorious gangster Dawood Ibrahim.

The diminutive Ibrahim, who is accused of masterminding the 1993 Mumbai sectarian bombings that claimed the lives of 257 people, is believed to be a major figure in the world of illegal gambling.

Rooting out both players, bookies, middlemen and gangsters has proved a hard nut to crack over the years.

The bookmakers reportedly use networks of safe houses and constantly changing untraceable mobile phones to deal with customers.

And the underworld pulling the strings are not above murder to ensure their profits. A number of bookmakers are believed to have met violent ends, including South Africa-based Muhammad Hanif "Cadbury" Kodvavi, killed and chopped up in May 1999.

Corruption investigations have even affected cricket's international minnows, with former Kenyan captain Maurice Odumbe banned for five years in August 2004 for accepting a string of blandishments from bookmakers.

And sometimes, the authorities have seemed rather ambivalent in their attitude towards the very people they name as cheaters.

In November, Ata-ur-Rehman had his ban lifted by the ICC, while Azharuddin was feted as a hero of Indian cricket by officials. He has sat in the VIP section of matches and also played in a veterans game. Azharuddin and Malik both hope to have their bans lifted.

But whatever is proved in the Woolmer case, the spectre of corruption will continue to dog the game for some time to come. Gentlemen? Mnn, let's just call them cricketers - they could be called a lot worse. Good luck on the pitch (and with your info) Punter.


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