The Ashes: England vs Australia 1st Test Preview

July 7, 2015 by Posted in Cricket Tips

The AshesThe Ashes. They are words that means more to cricket followers than most. They are more than a small urn containing the remains of a set of torched bails. Over five Test matches, Australia and England will continue their eternal rivalry for the most prized asset in Test Cricket – The Ashes!

A lot has happened since the last Ashes. England changed their coach twice and are now banking on an Aussie to get the urn back. Their best batsman was sacked for non-cricketing reasons and had a nightmarish World Cup. They also lost Jonathan Trott and Matt Prior who retired for different reasons.

Australia, on the other hand, strengthened their cup cabinet with a World Cup win. Steve Smith became the premier Test batsman in the world. Ryan Harris retired on the eve of the series but the fact that he wasn’t sure to start is a testimony to the strength of this squad.

The visitors are favorites to retain the urn. But, it certainly won’t be straight forward. They haven’t won an Ashes series in England since 2001. Also, none of this squad has tasted overseas Ashes win. England still has the core of the 2013 series win, playing for them.

Australia is offered odds of at around $1.36 for their series win, but we recommend you take advantage of the odds of $2.00 at Ladbrokes for Australia to win the series.

You may also like to look at Michael Clarke being the best Australian batsman in the series at odds of $5.00 at CrownBet. If you believe that Steve Smith will continue his purple patch, you back him at odds of $3.25.

They however will have to counter the new threat of Mark Wood and the old nemesis James Anderson. Wood is at the juicy odds of $5.50 at CrownBet to be the best England bowler while Anderson is offered at $3.25.

England’s fortunes cling on to their batting hope Joe Root. He is tipped to be the best England batsman at odds of $3.50 offered by CrownBet.

Mitchell Starc may be the man to ruin his chances. At odds of $3.50 at CrownBet, he is the best bet to be Australia’s bowler of the series. The dark horse is Josh Hazelwood at odds of $4.00

The first Test will be pivotal as it will lay a marker for the whole series. Australia will try their might to pack a punch while England will hope that a flat batting pitch of Cardiff will help them to a draw. Odds of $3.40 offered by CrownBet for a draw may not be a bad bet despite early reports of plenty of grass on the wicket.

Careers are often made or broken by the performance in the Ashes. There is nothing better than putting one across your old enemy. The next two months promise to be exciting as the battle for the urn kick starts.

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