Source: The Mercury, 20 November, 1996, p.62


Bookies rate Elliott a 14-1
chance to topscore in series

   NEW Australian 
opener Matthew Elliott is 
rated a 14-1 shot by 
bookies to score the most 
number of runs during the 
five-Test cricket series 
against the West Indies.

   A shock selection at the 
expense of established 
New South Wales opener 
Michael Slater, Elliott is 
also quoted by Alice 
Springs agency Centre-
Bet, at odds of 5-1 to post
the most runs in his Test
debut at the Gabba on 
Friday.

   Slater has been included 
in the betting market at 
15-1 for those punters 
who believe the NSW 
opener will force his way 
back for the remaining 
Tests if Elliott falters 
under pressure.

   Champion Windies 
batsman Brian Lara is 3-1 
favourite to be the 
series' highest run-getter 
and 7-4 to take the 
honours in the opening 
Brisbane Test.

   Twins Mark and Steve 
Waugh are Australia's 
highest-rated batsman in 
the market for the series 
with Mark at 9-2 and 
Steve at 5-1.

   Australian spinner 
Shane Warne, who  
missed the recent Indian 
tour, is a clear cut 6-4 
favourite to capture the 
most wickets in the five 
Tests.


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