Aussies now redhot Ashes favourites!

SPORT: All major online betting agencies have slashed the odds of Australia retaining the Ashes in the upcoming cricket series against England following the resignation of skipper Tim Paine (above).

Paine, 36, today resigned over historic sexting allegations and Sportsbet immediately narrowed the odds of an Australian win in the series that begins at the ‘Gabba on December 8 from 2-1 to 6-4on.

Other platforms such as Ladbrokes and Betfair followed suit.

A Sportsbet spokesperson explained: “We simply could not ignore the fact that the Australian side will now be led by someone who can read a pitch before the toss but more importantly then bats first anyway, knows when it’s wise to use the decision referral system and also knows how to defend large targets by using his attack cleverly.”