Cricket By Joe Crilly

Patriotic Punters Finally Backing England

Australia are odds on to win the Ashes series that starts on Wednesday at Cardiff. William Hill make them 4/11 to win the series and 10/11 to win the opening Test. Despite how fancied the Aussies are in the betting, it is England who have attracted the most money recently as the tide of patriotism has swelled for Alastair Cook’s men. 70% of all wagers since the end of the New Zealand ODI series have been for an England series win.

 

Steve Smith heads the betting to be the top series batsman across either side at 7/2 although Joe Root is proving very popular in the betting at 11/2.

 

“Australia are favourites across the board – for the series and the First Test – yet that hasn’t stopped the traditional patriotic punters coming in for England,” said William Hill spokesman Joe Crilly. “Our punters will be hoping Joe Root will be the man to spearhead the charge.”

 

Ashes First Test winner: 3/1 England; 10/11 Australia; 5/2 draw

 

Ashes winner: 7/2 England; 4/11 Australia; 7/1 drawn series

 

Series correct score:

England                                                                Australia

100/1                     1-0                          66/1

33/1                       2-0                          16/1

14/1                       2-1                          8/1

50/1                       3-0                          7/1

20/1                       3-1                          11/2

25/1                       3-2                          14/1

100/1                     4-0                          7/1

50/1                       4-1                          10/1      

100/1                     5-0                          8/1

200/1                     0-0

20/1                       1-1

9/1                         2-2

 

Top Ashes series bowler: 4/1 Mitchell Johnson; 9/2 Mitchell Starc; 11/2 James Anderson; 11/2 Josh Hazlewood; 8/1 Stuart Broad; 9/1 Nathan Lyon; 10/1 Mark Wood; 14/1 Ben Stokes; 20/1 Adil Rashid; 20/1 Moeen Ali; 25/1 Peter Siddle; 33/1 Fawad Ahmed; 50/1 Mitchell Marsh; 66/1 Joe Root (1/5 odds 1,2,3)

 

Top Ashes series batsman: 7/2 Steven Smith; 9/2 David Warner; 11/2 Joe Root; 6/1 Michael Clarke; 13/2 Alastair Cook; 10/1 Chris Rogers; 10/1 Ian Bell; 12/1 Adam Lyth; 14/1 Gary Balance; 14/1 Shaun Marsh; 16/1 Adam Voges; 20/1 Shane Watson; 25/1 Ben Stokes; 40/1 Jos Buttler; 50/1 Brad Haddin; 50/1 Mitchell Marsh; 66/1 Moeen Ali; 100/1 Peter Nevill; 200/1 Adil Rashid; 500/1 Mitchell Johnson; 750/1 Mitchell Starc; 2000/1 Fawad Ahmed; 2000/1 James Anderson; 2000/1 Josh Hazlewood; 2000/1 Mark Wood; 2000/1 Nathan Lyon; 2000/1 Peter Siddle; 2000/1 Steven Finn; 2000/1 Stuart Broad (1/5 odds 1,2,3)

 

Australia top series batsman: 9/4 Steven Smith; 3/1 David Warner; 9/2 Michael Clarke; 6/1 Chris Rogers; 8/1 Shaun Marsh; 10/1 Adam Voges; 14/1 Shane Watson; 16/1 Mitchell Marsh; 33/1 Brad Haddin; 66/1 Peter Nevill; 250/1 Mitchell Johnson; 500/1 Mitchell Starc; 1000/1 Pat Cummins; 1000/1 Peter Siddle; 2000/1 Fahwad Ahmed; 2000/1 Josh Hazlewood; 2000/1 Nathan Lyon

 

Australia top series bowler: 9/4 Mitchell Starc; 11/4 Mitchell Johnson; 3/1 Josh Hazlewood; 6/1 Nathan Lyon; 14/1 Pat Cummins; 14/1 Peter Siddle; 25/1 Fahwad Ahmed; 28/1 Mitchell Marsh; 50/1 Shane Watson

 

England top series batsman: 5/2 Joe Root; 7/2 Alistair Cook; 5/1 Ian Bell; 6/1 Adam Lyth; 7/1 Gary Balance; 10/1 Ben Stokes; 16/1 Jos Buttler; 33/1 Moeen Ali; 250/1 Adil Rashid; 1000/1 Mark Wood; 1000/1 Steven Finn; 1000/1 Stuart Broad; 2000/1 James Anderson

 

England top series bowler: 2/1 James Anderson; 3/1 Stuart Broad; 9/2 Mark Wood; 7/1 Ben Stokes; 10/1 Moeen Ali; 10/1 Steven Finn; 12/1 Adil Rashid; 100/1 Joe Root

 

Any double century to be scored in the series: 11/10 yes; 4/6 no

 

Any triple century to be scored in the series: 20/1

 

Either team to win by an innings: 4/6 yes; 11/10 no

 

Ground with most runs: 5/2 Oval; 10/3 Edgbaston; 10/3 Trent Bridge; 7/2 Lords; 5/1 SWALEC Stadium

 

25/1       Alastair Cook top Ashes series batsman and England to win the Ashes

 

9/2         Steven Smith top Ashes series batsman and Australia to win the Ashes

 

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