The build up to the 2017/18 Ashes is well underway now with England playing their second tour match and will be hoping to retain the urn they won over the summer of 2015. Their last visit in Australia was deemed a complete failure and ended in an embarrassing 5-0 whitewash. For those thinking that something similar could happen again, England are 11/4 to not win a test at any point in the series.
Much of the discussion has been centred around a player that might not even play a minute. Ben Stokes was involved in an altercation outside a nightclub and is expected the miss the series now, as an allrounder he could end up being a huge miss. A final decision has yet to be made on this and there are a number of players across England that will feel they are capable of filling that void.
To Win The Series
The home side are currently favourites to win the series at 2/5, England are 10/3 to win at the moment. A draw, which would see England retain the Ashes, is 7/1 with Bet365 Bookmakers.
Paddy Power Bookmakers are also offering a first test and series double market. For those that think the home side will start the series as they mean to go on, you can get odds of evens for Australia to win the first test and then go on to win the series. The English equivalent of this is 11/2.
Top Run Scorers & Wicket Takers
Both of these markets will no doubt be the ones that more punters get involved with. David Warner is the current favourite to score the most runs at 11/4 with the closest Englishman being Joe Root at 4/1 – odds from Paddy Power. Root, who will be hoping to lead by example as captain, hit 58 against a Cricket Australia 11 and will be hoping to build on that as the tour develops.
The favourite to pick up most wickets over the course of the series is another Australian in Mitchell Stark. The fast bowler is on fire at the moment and recently made history whilst playing for his club side, New South Wales. He became the first player in 39 years to get two hat-tricks in one match. You can get odds of 14/1 for there to be a hat-trick at any point in the series.
James Anderson is a 13/8 favourite to be England’s leading wicket taker over the course of the series. No other Englishman has taken more wickets than the Lancashire bowler and he recently passed 500 In total over his test career.