The premiere test series in world cricket gets underway on the 23rd November as England travel to Australia looking to retain the Ashes. England emerged 3-2 victors in the 5-match series on English soil in 2015 and will be eager to return home with the infamous Ashes urn.
Australia are notoriously difficult to beat on their home patch but currently sit 5th in the ICC test rankings following a slump in form recently. England go into the Ashes as the 3rd best team in the world – according to the rankings – behind South Africa (who they beat this summer) and the world’s number 1 team, India.
The series as always consists of 5 test matches, taking place in Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Melbourne and culminating in Sydney in January 2018. The second test at Adelaide will mark Ashes history as the inaugural day-night Ashes test match takes place between the two arch rivals.
England were humiliated 5-0 on their last visit down under but will be hoping to draw inspiration from their famous 3-1 series win back in 2010-11. Australia lost to South Africa earlier in the year in a pulsating series but have subsequently shown great resilience in performances against India and Bangladesh on the sub-continent.
The Aussies are 4/7 with Sky Bet to claw the Ashes back from England at the end of the series whilst Joe Root’s men will fancy their chances at 3/1 with Ladbrokes to be lifting the urn. A drawn series would see England keep hold of the urn as they are the current holders and that is best priced at 8/1 with Betfair.
As one of the biggest series in world cricket, there are a multitude of cricket betting markets centred around the Ashes and with 5 games to be played over almost 2 months, there are plenty of opportunities to take a punt on Ashes cricket.
The first test between the two sides gets underway on Thursday 23rd November at The Gabba in Brisbane – with both sides desperate to put a marker down and get one game up in the series. Australia will be looking to capitalise on home support and pitch knowledge and find themselves the 4/5 favourites with Sporting Bet to win the first test. England, have two warm-up games before the series opener and will hope to have their squad in check for this one and are best priced at 5/2 with Coral to get the first win on the board. Draws are increasingly few and far between in international test cricket which is reflected in Sky Bet’s very generous odds of 4/1 for the first test to finish with honours even.
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England have named their squad but they have a huge selction issue habging over them in the form of Ben Stokes who is under criminal investigation following his role in a fracas outside a Bristol night club last month. Stokes’ availability could be integral to English success down under and the Durham man is 12/1 with Betfair to finish the series as the top English Batsman. Joe Root is rightfully the favourite for the crown at 15/8 with Stan James whilst Alistair Cook will fancy his chances of notching up big runs on the fast pitches down under and is 11/4 with Ladbrokes to score the most runs for England this series.
James Anderson is England’s greatest ever test bowler having taken over 500 wickets for England so far in his career. Whilst the conditions in Australia may not be conducive to his swing bowling, he is a canny operator and is the favourite to be England’s top bowler at 2/1 with Coral. Stuart Broad has a fantastic record against Australia and seems to perform at his best during Ashes cricket – he is 11/4 with Uni Bet to take the most wickets for England whilst Chris Woakes is a huge part of this current England set up and is 5/1 with Paddy Power be England’s top bowler down under.
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