THE ASHES gets underway in Australia next week, with the first of five Tests taking place at the Gabba in Brisbane on Tuesday night.
Hosts Australia are heavy favourites to win the series and retain the Ashes that they have held since 2018.
Joe Root leads England into another Ashes series
Since the 2010-11 tour, England’s record of Test matches in Australia has been played 10, lost nine and drawn one.
A series win for the tourists is being priced at 9/2 by Betfair and Paddy Power, while William Hill are offering 15/2 of a series draw, a result which would see Australia retain the Ashes urn.
A 3-1 series win for the Baggy Greens is judged by all four betting companies to be the most likely series result with Sky Bet and William Hill pricing the scoreline at 9/2.
The two sides are ranked the third and fourth best Test teams in the world going into the series, with ICC Test ranking system placing Australia in third behind New Zealand and India.
Newly named vice-captain and current world number two batter Steve Smith is the 6/4 favourite with Sky Bet to be the Aussies’ leading run scorer for the series. Smith has averaged 111 and 137 in his last two Ashes series and expected to continue his outstanding record against English bowlers.
England captain and world number one batter Joe Root is favourite to continue his record-breaking year and top the run charts for the tourists, with Sky Bet offering 11/10. Root hit 564 runs at an average of 94 in his most recent series against India this summer, including three centuries.
Despite being ranked lower in the Test standings, Steve Smith is the most likely to be leading run scorer in the series outright, with Sky Bet pricing the former captain at 5/2 favourite.
Pat Cummins is expected to lead the charge with the ball for Australia in his first series as captain. The world number one bowler is being priced at 9/4 favourite by Sky Bet and William Hill to finish the Ashes series as the Aussies’ leading wicket taker.
England’s 39-year-old veteran fast bowler James Anderson, who holds the record for the most wickets taken by a quick bowler in Test history, is the favourite at 11/4 with Sky Bet to take the most wickets in the series for England.
Sky Bet and William Hill are both declaring Pat Cummins as the front runner to be the series’ leading wicket-taker, pricing the Aussie paceman at 7/2 favourite.
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