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