Bookmakers Backing Aussies to Retain the Ashes
Written on Wednesday 8th July, 9:27 am by admin
The Ashes urnThe 2015 Ashes Series starts today with the first Test between England and Australia taking place at the Swalec Stadium in Cardiff with bookmakers firmly backing Australia to retain the urn.

Sky Bet has installed Michael Clarke's men as the solid 2/5 favourites to win the five Test series over the coming weeks with England only listed as the 9/2 underdogs and a drawn series being offered at 7/1.

The odds for the opening Test are slightly less favourable to the visiting side with bookmakers and critics expecting a tightly fought contest with neither side keen to go 1-0 down so early on in the series. Australia are priced as the 10/11 favourites with Betfred to win the first Test with England available at 3/1. A draw is on offer at 9/4 and is a price that is drawing more interest with the weather forecast for the five days of the Test appearing uncertain.

A market that is always popular for the Ashes series is the top England and Australian batsmen. Joe Root is the 3/1 favourite to be the top scoring England batsman during the series with Alastair Cook and Ian Bell his closest rivals at 9/2. For Australia, the in-form Steve Smith is the firm favourite to finish the series as the highest scoring Australian batsman at 3/1. His competition comes from David Warner at 7/2 and Michael Clarke at 5/1.

James Anderson is unsurprisingly drawing attention as the favourite to finish as England's leading wicket taker during the series at odds of 5/2 with BetVictor. He is closely followed by Stuart Broad at 11/4 with Mark Wood and Steven Finn available at 7/2. Mitchell Starc leads the way for Australia at 9/4 with Mitchell Johnson his closest rival at 5/2.

The man of the match market for the first Test is dominated by Australian players with three of the four favourites coming from the touring side. Steve Smith is the 8/1 leading favourite with bet365 but he is closely followed by David Warner at 9/1. England's Joe Root is available at 10/1 with Australia's Mitchell Starc also listed at the same price. Other leading contenders include Alastair Cook, James Anderson, Michael Clarke, and Mitchell Johnson who are all priced at 12/1.

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