Cricket By Rupert Adams

Can Root Deliver Ashes Victory?

Joe Root is now the joint 3/1 favourite to be England’s top batsman in the coming Ashes series after a fantastic selection of performances against New Zealand. But the odds suggest that England will be up against it with Australia the 4/11 favourites to win the series.

“The England one day side have reinvigorated the British public's love of the game but we now need the Test team to deliver similar performances,” said William Hill spokesman Rupert Adams.

The Ashes 2015: 7/2 England, 4/11 Australia, 7/1 Draw

Top England Series Batsman: 3/1 Joe Root, 3/1 Alastair Cook, 9/2 Ian Bell, 5/1 Adam Lyth, 11/2 Gary Balance, 9/1 Ben Stokes, 12/1 Moeen Ali, 14/1 Jos Buttler, 250/1 Chris Jordan, 250/1 Liam Plunkett, 500/1 James Anderson, 500/1 Mark Wood, 500/1 Stuart Broad

Top England Bowler: 2/1 James Anderson, 11/4 Stuart Broad, 4/1 Mark Wood, 5/1 Ben Stokes, 7/1 Chris Jordan, 9/1 Moeen Ali, 12/1 Liam Plunkett, 66/1 Joe Root