tapped the keyboard and brought forth:
>> >> Brett Lee 7 1 26 0
>> >> Bracken 10 0 78 1
>> >> Johnson 8 0 51 0
>> >> Did Ponting and Australia take money from England bookiies and throw the
>> >> match to India
>> > Not English bookies. Everyone knows match fixing happens only from indian
>> > bookies.
>> How do you know for sure England bookies are not involved in match fixing
>Because if you're a proper bookie you don't need to fix the result,
>you set the odds right and make money no matter who wins.
A far more persuasive reason is that the volume of betting on cricket
odos not involving England is so small that the bribes they would have
to pay to achieve the fix would cost far more than they would make
from it. I'd guess that if they had to dip into the slush fund for
more than $50 they'd be down on the deal.
And trying to fix an odo involving England is quite patently an
idiotic thing to do. There is only really a market in bets on their
opponents, but bribing them to underperform only slightly improves
England's chances and the favourites will still win 60% of the time
instead of 80%. (India and SL seem to have been doing their best
recently to convince the world that England have an authentic odo
side, but I'm not at all convinced yet, and I doubt the serious
punters off whom bookies would expect to make money are either.)