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The Ashes Cricket Betting
With the 2010/11 Ashes series starting in Australia on November 25th, we’ll be fully entertained for 5 test matches as England try and keep the Urn by winning The Ashes on Australian home turf for the first time since 1987. The whole Ashes series promises to have some excellent betting markets so in this post we’re going to have a look at some of the betting markets for the whole series.
For starters the obvious bet would be the overall series winner. Having home advantage and still a formidable team, if not a strong as it has been, Australia would probably be most people’s favourites. What maybe a surprise to people is the prices that are currently floating around. The price for Australia to win the series is currently odds on with some bookies as short as 8/11 but Stan James and EurosportBet have both gone best odds here at 10/11. If you fancy England to retain The Ashes you can get as much as 2/1 with a large amount of bookmakers including Ladbrokes, Sky Bet and Bet365. This looks quite a good price as England these days on their day can compete with just about anyone and can definitely take it to the Aussies. A outcome that many people will not think about though is the draw and Blue Square and 888sport have both offered 11/2 which is a great price on an outcome that could quite easily happen if both teams cancel each other out.
If you want to play it slightly safer though you can have a look at the England to retain The Ashes betting markets which puts the draw in the favour of England. Obviously Australia would be the same price but with the draw now on England’s side the odds are shorter but Extrabet have gone best price on this market with 11/10, which at the moment are the only bookmakers to offer odds bigger than evens.
To us though the best bets for fun are some of the player betting specials which can be just as fun trying to work out the outcomes as watching the events take place. First we’ll look at the Top England Batsman betting market which is great market to get involved in. First of all we’ll take out the ones that can’t be in the running. No matter how appealing the 1000/1 looks for James Anderson, a bowler that comes into bat last will never be the top run scorer, and to be honest all the bowlers can be ruled out as well as probably the wicketkeeper Matt Prior mainly due to the fact that he will be batting down the order with less talented batsmen, hence not making the big partnerships.
The top end of the betting market for this looks very interesting though. The English batsman with arguably the best form going into this is the captain Andrew Strauss. The prices on Strauss are slightly better than what they normally are with a few firm offering 7/2, including Totesport and Betfred. Some firms are also offering the same price on the ever attacking Kevin Pietersen but being totally honest, not even the top price of 4/1 looks appealing for a batsman that has struggled slightly for form over the last year. Our tip in this market though is for Jonathan Trott to be England’s leading run scorer and with Totesport again going top price at 9/2 this looks a top bet. In fact, the 9/1 being offered by Sportingbet for Trott to score the first century of the series also looks like a very attractive bet.
Now, the Top England Bowler betting market looks a very tough market to work out but like we mentioned earlier, it’s fun to try and work it out. The favourite is Graeme Swann but with some bookies offering odds of as little of evens then we’d avoid this. To be honest we all expect the bowling figures to be mainly shared between Anderson, Swann, Flynn and Broad and there really isn’t much between them all. Out of all of the attack bowlers we will have to take Jimmy Anderson in the market at around the 9/2 market, slightly bigger odds than Stuart Broad and he should get more bowling action then Steven Flynn. Obviously if all the pitches turn and take spin then you’d think Graeme Swann but even if there is 1 flat wicket you’d expect him to struggle, making his short odds even more unappealing.
We were going to have a look at the Australian betting as well but then thought, nah, we wouldn’t want to watch wanting the Aussie batsman and bowlers to do well to win bets. So we apologise if you are reading this and are wanting the Aussies to win but……… Come On England!