We’re now less than a week away from the beginning of the greatest cricket test series in the world as England travel to Australia to defend The Ashes. Andrew Strauss’ men won back the little urn last year in dramatic fashion, defeating their Australia counterparts 2-1. Since then, England have continued on their upward momentum, losing just 2 test matches and winning 3 out of the 4 series which they have taken part in. All in all, that run of form has seen the team come in to this Ashes series in confident mood as they look to make amends for the last time they were Down Under which not only resulted in defeat but an embarrassing 5-0 Series whitewash.
Ricky Ponting has been captain for the last three Ashes series so knows what it’s like to win and lose a series. He will be hoping that he is not the first Australian captain in 23 years to lose an Ashes series in Australia. The home side have named a provisional squad of 17 players for the match and despite losing their last test series in India, come into the series in confident mood – which is to be expected from an Australian side who are fighting to regain the Ashes at home.
Despite England’s fine form, Australia are still favourites to win back the Ashes. In fact, the best odds you can get on Australia to win the series is with Lockerroom’s own Stan James at 10/11. That price obviously doesn’t set the pulse racing or do anything for national pride (despite having an Australian working here, we are very much behind Staruss’ men) so perhaps you fancy England to win the first test match (best odds of 23/10 with Unibet) or the whole series (best odds of 2/1 with Bluesquare). If you’re finding it hard to predict where the Ashes will go, perhaps you fancy taking a punt on who will be England’s best run scorer and wicket taker? Although he has had a truly amazing year, current bowing favourite Grahame Swann doesn’t represent any kind of value for us, despite the 13/10 on offer from another Lockkerroom client, Bodog. Instead, we’re getting behind one of England’s relative old guard (if you can be called an old guard at the age of 28) Jimmy Anderson to be England’s best bowler at odds of 4/1 with sportingbet.
I can’t finish the post without giving a prediction and although this may be a bit bold, I think we’re in for a classic series which will see England retain the Ashes… All be it by securing a 2-2 series draw.
Any other predictions are welcome…