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Sports Betting: Mixed emotions due to crazy Test.

Byline: Phil Agius

SPORTING were left with mixed emotions after yesterday's sensational events in the second Ashes Test at Edgbaston, writes Phil Agius. Spokesman Geraint Rees explained: ``After a crazy day, we've ended up needing the Aussie tail-enders to pull off a miracle.

``However, if England were to complete the job and level the series at 1-1 we wouldn't really be complaining because the business for the rest of the series would be fantastic. It has been record-breaking so far and if England tied it up the business would go through the roof,'' said Rees.

``In the first two days it all went wrong and we were hit to all parts of the ground by the punters,'' he added.

``However, we were short of England runs in the second innings and that went well.''

With England starting the day on 25 for one, their secondinnings total could have been sold at 260 yesterday morning, meaning a decent profit for anyone who followed Ed Hawkins' advice to get short as they eventually totalled just 182 despite a heroic halfcentury last-wicket stand between Andrew Flintoff and Simon Jones.

``We adjusted our position a little when Flintoff got going and that worked out well,'' said Rees.

Early risers who can't wait for the final action at Edgbaston can get involved in the relatively low-key onedayer between India and West Indies in Colombo. India are heavy favourites.

Today's Indian Oil Cup match (Colombo, 9.30am) - Sporting: 35-45 India/West Indies, 55-62 50-ups, 25-32 Ind/WI 50-up supremacy, 4-7 ton-ups, 15-16.5 wides, 58-65 multi-wides.

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The Australian slips take evasive action as England's Matthew Hoggard (out of shot) hits out at Edgbaston
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Title Annotation:Sports
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Aug 7, 2005
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