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Ashes: Can England build on their first test victory?

13 July 2015

Sky Bet have odds for the Ashes this summer


England lead Australia 1-0 in the Ashes heading into the second test at Lord’s on Thursday and here’s a closer look at the latest betting odds courtesy of Sky Bet.

Following the 169 run victory at the SWALEC Stadium at Cardiff Alastair Cook’s men are unsurprisingly favourites to win being priced at 7/4. Australia are priced at 11/8 and the draw is available at 5/2.

England’s success on home soil in the Ashes dates back to 2005 and are now 10/11 favourites to win a fourth consecutive series. The visitors are 15/8 outsiders while the draw for the series is 4/1.

Joe Root was man of the match in the last test having hit 134 runs in the first innings added to his 2-28 bowling figures in Australia’s second innings and could be key for England.

He is now favourite to be the leading run scorer for the series at 4/6 followed by Australian quartet Steven Smith at 5/2, David Warner 4/1, Chris Rodgers 9/2 and Michael Clarke 5/1.

Skipper Alastair Cook is the next highest England batsmen in the running at 6/1.

Smith, who has since dropped from first to second in the ICC top-rated test batsmen could provide Australia’s best route back into the series despite only hitting 66 runs in Cardiff.

The tourists other option of drawing level is with the ball. Mitchell Starc looks to have overcome an ankle injury to ahead of the second test and is odds on to be the top bowler in the series outright at 3/1.

Josh Hazlewood impressed on his Ashes debut taking five wickets for 132 runs over England’s two innings is now second favourite priced at 4/1.

Meanwhile the hosts’ debutant bowler, Mark Wood, who took figures for 4-119 is an outside bet at 10/1.

James Anderson and Stuart Broad, who has risen to his best-ever ICC bowler ranking of fifth following his display at the SWALEC, are both joint-third favourites at 6/1.

Out of the two respective spinners, Nathan Lyon for Australia and Moeen Ali for England, Lyon edges Ali being priced at 11/2 with the England off-spinner at 12/1.

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