Cricket By Joe Crilly

Almost 90% Of All Wagers For England Ahead Of Second Test

Nearly 90% of all wagers on the Ashes have been for an England win since the end of the first Test, such is the optimism that has swept the nation in the wake of that opening victory. Alastair Cook’s men are Even money favourites to win the series with Australia 13/8 and the drawn series 4/1.


In the build up to the Second Test at Lord’s it is England who have proven popular with punters to win it at 7/4. Joe Root has topped the charts for most wagers in the “top England batsman” market and Josh Hazlewood has been favoured for the “top Australia bowler” market for which the pair are both 3/1.


“All of the winter negativity has evaporated and England cricket fans and punters alike have a real air of optimism heading into the Lord’s Test and beyond,” said William Hill spokesman Joe Crilly.


Ashes winner: 1/1 England; 13/8 Australia; 4/1 drawn series


Second Ashes Test:


Winner: 7/4 England; 11/8 Australia; 5/2 draw


Top England batsman: 3/1 Joe Root; 4/1 Alastair Cook; 5/1 Ian Bell; 11/2 Adam Lyth; 6/1 Gary Balance; 9/1 Ben Stokes; 12/1 Jos Buttler; 20/1 Moeen Ali; 33/1 Adil Rashid; 100/1 Stuart Broad; 150/1 Mark Wood; 200/1 Steven Finn; 250/1 James Anderson


Top Australia batsman: 3/1 Steven Smith; 10/3 David Warner; 9/2 Chris Rogers; 5/1 Michael Clarke; 7/1 Adam Vogues; 8/1 Shaun Marsh; 10/1 Shane Watson; 12/1 Mitchell Marsh; 18/1 Brad Haddin; 18/1 Peter Nevill; 40/1 Mitchell Johnson; 100/1 Josh Hazlewood; 100/1 Mitchell Starc; 100/1 Pat Cummins; 150/1 Fawad Ahmed; 150/1 Peter Siddle; 200/1 Nathan Lyon


Top England bowler: 11/4 James Anderson; 3/1 Stuart Broad; 4/1 Mark Wood; 4/1 Steven Finn; 5/1 Adil Rashid; 11/2 Ben Stokes; 6/1 Moeen Ali; 20/1 Joe Root


Top Australia bowler: 5/2 Mitchell Starc; 3/1 Josh Hazlewood; 3/1 Mitchell Johnson; 4/1 Pat Cummins; 9/2 Nathan Lyon; 9/2 Peter Siddle; 5/1 Fawad Ahmed; 8/1 Mitchell Marsh; 14/1 Shane Watson