Australia vs England, GABBA – Thursday 21st November 12:00am
The First test of the new Ashes series gets underway tonight as England bid to make it four consecutive victories.
The 3-0 victory in the last series during the summer will give the England team confidence, whilst Australia have only won 2 of the last 15 tests between the sides.
So the 6/5 best odds for England to win the series is no real surprise. The home side are 17/10 with most firms; however it does seem out of their reach. The draw, which will mean England regain the Ashes, is 9/2.
Australia are 9/5 favourites for the first test at GABBA, with England just behind at 11/5. Those odds for an England victory are decent, as are the draw odds of 2/1.
Alastair Cook has been phenomenal for England in recent years and the England captain will hope to perform remarkably better than how he did during the last series, where he was far from his best.
William Hill are offering 3/1 for him to finish the series as England’s top batsman which is very good odds for the opener. He is without question, one of the best in the sport and will relish this opportunity to prove that.
Kevin Pietersen is questionably the best cricketer in the two sides and is a vital key to England’s ashes campaign once again. He provides something different for England’s batting line-up. He is a prolific run scorer who, at times can be impossible to break down, as well as being a top fielder.
The 10/1 odds for him to be player of the series is definitely worth a punt. Another two England options for this bet are James Anderson and Ian Bell.
The former was pivotal in the previous series for England at took 24 wickets in total; 9 more than any Australian bowler in the series. He may not be as efficient this time round, but if he performs anything like that, he is definitely in with a chance.
Ian Bell has showed form like never before the past two years and he can go on to improve further in Australia. His 46.66% test batting average shows just what a consistent batter he has turned into and his runs can help England massively.
Australia captain Michael Clarke is the glue of the Australian side. Although he has one of the worst Ashes captaincy records in history he is unbelievably important to the Aussies’ bid to win back the prize they long for.
He has a batting average of 52.08, which is better than any other player in the two sides. If he collapses, there is a high chance Australia will too. He is 6/1 to be player of the series with Paddy Power, which may be a valuable bet.
Clarke is also 5/2 to be Australia’s top batsman, which seems possibly the best bet of the series.
BET OF THE DAY:
First Test – GABBA – Draw at 2/1
BETS OF THE SERIES:
England to win at 6/5
Michael Clarke top Australian batsman at 5/2
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