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View From Australia: Late November Betting News

While there are plenty of sports to bet on this week in Australia, the national sporting attention will be on one place, the Adelaide Oval, where the third cricket Test between Australia and South Africa starts on Thursday.

It's hard to explain to sports fans in North America what exactly has happened to the Australian cricket team in the past two weeks. I guess in American football terms, the entire offence, with the exception of the quarterback and the running back, has been cut. Not only that, the equivalent of the GM has walked away mid-season.

But for many Aussie sporting fans, this changing of the guard is seen as a great opportunity for Australia to reinvent itself and get back to the top of Test cricket, which is of course the format played over five days.

The optimism about an Australian revival sees them surprisingly short to win this match at $2.50 (+150) seeing as they have lost their past five matches and have three debutants in the batting order.

The drama has hardly been confined to the home side with the touring South Africans, who thrashed Australia in Perth and Hobart, embroiled in a ball tampering controversy which saw their captain, Faf Du Plessis, found guilty but allowed to play in this match.

South Africa are $2.05 favourites (+105) to become the first team in the 140 years of Test history to sweep Australia 3-0 on home soil.

To complicate things, this match will be just the second ever day-night Test match in Australia. That means rather than the traditional red ball, a lacquered pink ball will be used. The pink ball is much preferred by the bowlers, who can get it to 'swing' more in the air. The first day-night Test against New Zealand at this venue last year ended inside three days. Accordingly, the draw is considered a $5.85 (+485) outsider.

Many of the world's best golfers are in Melbourne for the World Cup of Golf. Australia, which won the event when it was last held in 2013, is $5.50 (+450) to win the teams tournament.

The Aussies are represented by Adam Scott and Marc Leishman while the United States are represented by 2016 PGA Championship winner Jimmy Walker and the consistent Rickie Fowler. The Americans are $9 (+800), while Japan are second favourites at $8.50 (+750).

National pride is also on the line for the Wallabies, with the Australian rugby union team looking to continue its unbeaten European tour against Ireland. Ireland are $1.80 (-125) favourites, while the Aussies are $2 (+100) having been lucky winners in the past two matches against Scotland and France.

In domestic sport, the National Basketball League sees the top of the table Sydney Kings travel to Melbourne to take on second-from-bottom United on Saturday. Given their respective spots on the ladder, you’d think the Kings were sure things, but home advantage is crucial in the NBL this year with 64% of matches won by the home side this season.

The highlight of the local soccer comp, the A-League, is the match between this year's championship favourites Sydney FC, and the reigning champions Adelaide. The in-form Sky Blues are $1.55 (-182) to resume their winning ways having dropped their first points of the season in a draw with Brisbane last week.