Ashes betting has started with the cricket series between Australia and England just around the corner!
They say Test cricket is dying — but the Ashes are proof that interest among fans, pundits and betting experts is still as high as ever.
England have endured some miserable Ashes tours in recent years, although they have also surprised the Aussies on occasion.
Australia are favourites within the cricket betting community to secure a series win.
It all kicks off at The Gabba in Brisbane on 23 November, with the final Test taking place in Sydney’s SCG between 4-8 January
Bet on England cricket
England are 10/3 to win the entire Ashes series. And that is a tall order. Since 2005 England have won five of the seven Ashes series. But only one of those has been in Australia. Furthermore, both of their defeats on tour in the last 12 years were 5-0 hammerings. It was embarrassing for the English, who enjoyed a cricket renaissance in 2005, to suffer these defeats. And make no mistake, another 5-0 whitewash is a possibility at 7/1.
England cricket betting fans remain confident this team can offer something on tour. However, the absence of Ben Stokes and Steven Finn, a lack of a proper opening partner alongside Alistair Cook, no real spin threat and Jake Ball’s recent injury are all major headaches for the tourists.
If England are to win this series then they need a solid top order. The attack of James Anderson and Stuart Broad should be just about enough to keep Australia down in at least two of the five Tests. But can England keep apace with the Aussies? Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow and Gary Ballance are all experienced at Test level — but England require the emergence of a squad player such as Dawid Malan or Mark Stoneman if they are really going to maintain the pressure on Australia.
Bet on Australia cricket
Australia are the 2/5 favourites to win this Ashes series. And in large part that is because they’re at home against an England side whose preparations for the Ashes have been a mess.
Not that Australia have had a perfect build-up themselves. The Aussies lost a four-Test series in India 2-1 back in the spring and then laboured to a 1-1 series draw against Bangladesh. Batsmann David Warner effectively saved them with centuries in that Bangladesh tour.
Australia have recalled wicketkeeper Tim Paine to the Test squad after a seven-year absence. Shaun Marsh, 34, has returned and should start the first Test at six, while Cameron Bancroft gets an inclusion in a squad with plenty of mystery.
Yet history here favours to Aussies and they are 11/50 to win/draw the series on the Double Chance.
Bet on the first Ashes Test
The first Ashes Test starts on Thursday 23 November. Unibet will be hosting live in-play cricket betting of all the action in the Ashes. And the first Test is crucial for both sides to get their series up and running.
There will be plenty of question marks surrounding this Test. Both sides will have experimental batting orders. But Australia certainly have the scarier bowling attack, with Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood being joined by Chadd Sayers and Jackson Bird as pacemen.
Australia are 3/4 to win the first Ashes Test, with England at 11/4. It’s tough to see how this England attack, propped up largely by Broad and Anderson, can take down Australia over two innings on their own. Broad is 11/2 to be the top bowler from the first Test but the heavy favourite is one-time Yorkshire bowler Mitchell Starc, at 13/4.
If England are to get anything from this first Test they need at least one century from one of their batsmen in each of their two innings. Alistair Cook remains a distant memory from his reliable previous self. He is 6/1 to be the top score from the first innings.
But in reality, Joe Root is the man England require if they are to pinch a win here. The captain is 11/2 to be the top batsman in the first innings. After that there’s a worrying lack of depth and experience at the crease for the tourists.