Australia v England (First Ashes Test) Betting Tips
Cricket is a very different sport to just 10 years ago. The growth of the T20 form of the game and new innovations like day-night tests have changed the landscape but the importance of the Ashes remains untouched.
The bi-annual contest between Australia and England is the biggest test series in cricket. This is cricket as it was always meant to be. Five, five-day tests against two long-standing enemies.
Preparations Far from Ideal for Either Team
Everything that Australia and England do it with half an eye on the Ashes. The governing bodies of both cricketing nations know the importance of peaking at the right time but the best-laid plans often go awry.
The Australian selectors have been ridiculed for their decision to pick Tim Paine to keep wicket for at least the first two tests. Paine’s not played test cricket for seven years and is barely a well-known figure in his own family.
Away from Paine and there are big concerns about the depth of Australia’s batting. Yes, they’ve got world-class batsmen towards the top of the order including the captain, Steve Smith, but England will feel they can bowl the Aussies out cheaply if they’re able to knock off the openers quickly.
For that to happen, England must once again rely heavily on the experienced duo of James Anderson and Stuart Broad.
Steven Finn, Toby Roland-Jones and Mark Wood are all absent from the bowling attack due to injury while the ongoing investigation in Ben Stokes’ conduct outside a Bristol nightclub has robbed England of a quality all-rounder.
England Represent the First Test Value
Steve Smith is a smart guy. Unlike some of those who pulled on the Baggy Green in the Ashes before him, he’s stopped short of predicting a 5-0 series win for Australia.
But there is a feeling among some in the Australian press and definitely among many of their fans that the hosts should be looking to dominate this series.
That’s born out in the betting where Australia are odds-on across the board to win the first test at the Gabba.
Given that England haven’t won in Brisbane since 1986, Australia are worthy favourites but could the value bet actually lie with the tourists at 3/1 with Bet365?
The pitch at the Gabba is sure to be very fast and while that will suit both Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins, England knows exactly what they’re up against and should be suitably prepared.
A lot will rest on the shoulders of Alastair Cook and Mark Stoneman who have to take the sting out of the Australian pacemen first up, but if the openers do their job there should be runs for this England side.
In contrast, Australia’s tail does not wag particularly strongly. A fast start by the England quicks and a quality performance from the spin bowler, Moeen Ali, on the dry Gabba pitch could just get the job done at a tasty price.
Back Broad to Flourish for England
The performances of both Mitchell Starc and James Anderson will be key to the chances of their respective teams in the coming series. However, Stuart Broad could well end the first test with the best bowling stats.
Starc and Anderson are known for their swing bowling but that’s never been the key to success at the Gabba. England will hope that Broad’s ability to continue to hit the right line and length will be recipe to success against Australia’s batting line up.
Broad is 9/4 with Paddy Power to be England’s top bowler. That’s a price we think is well worth taking.
As for Australia’s top bowler, we’re siding with Pat Cummins at 10/3 with Boylesports. He’s sure to be the quickest bowler at the Gabba and the pace he possesses gives him a chance of wickets even in quieter spells.
Top Betting Offers
England to win at 3/1 with Bet365
Stuart Broad to be England’s top bowler at 9/4 with Paddy Power
Pat Cummins to be Australia’s top bowler at 10/3 with Boylesports