The Ashes starts next week with the first test at Edgebaston. We have the latest odds from Paddy Power plus some specials to make the series that bit more interesting!
The test series takes place every two years in either England or Australia. It is made up of five test matches where they can be either won, lost or drawn. If the overall series ends in a draw, then the team who won the last series will retain the urn.
Australia won the most recent series, winning four tests and drawing one. This was a very bad series for England who never really put in a decent innings. However, England do play a lot better in a home series and have won the last four.
The overall results of The Ashes have been very close. Australia has won 33, England 32 and they have drawn five.
Having conquered the world, England have now swapped blue for white 🔥
— ICC (@ICC) July 23, 2019
The Ashes 2019
This year England are the favourites for the test series. They have just won the World Cup and will be going into it with many of the same players. Confidence will be high within the team, however, this can all change if they lose the first test match.
Australia were knocked out in the semi-finals of the World Cup, but did beat England in the group stages. Even though this is a different format they will still take lots of positives from this. England are currently ranked the high of the two test sides by the ICC. England are fourth and Australia fifth.
Paddy Power have England priced at 8/11 with Australia just behind at 13/8. The series to end a draw is 13/2.
Paddy Power also have specials in terms of highest runscorer and wicket-taker.
Currently, England only has one batsman rated in the top ten in test cricket. That is the captain Joe Root, who is ranked at number six. He is the favourite to score the most runs for England at 9/4. Root was Englands top run-scorer at the World Cup and finished fifth overall. He was just ahead of Bairstow, who scored 24 fewer runs that Root.
Bairstow is priced at 7/2 to be the top runscorer with test debutant Jason Roy the third favourite at 5/1. Roy showed at the World Cup that he can score runs hitting 153 runs against Bangladesh, but can he takes this form into red-ball cricket.
Australia's favourite to be their top runscorer is also their captain, Steve Smith. He is priced at 2/1 even though he didn't have as good a World Cup as many expected. But he is a brilliant batter and is currently rated the fourth-best test batsman in the world. Just behind Smith is Warner. He was brilliant this summer, coming second overall in runs scored and scored a massive 647, averaging 71 runs.
Paddy Power also has specials on top runscorer doubles. You pick from a batter from each team for example Root and Smith to be their team's top runscorers is 9/1!
Let’s get some red ball practice in!
— Jason Roy (@JasonRoy20) July 17, 2019
Another market is who will be the most productive with the ball. England's all-time leading test wicket-taker Jimmy Anderson is the 2/1 favourite. However, the world number two test bowler is currently in a race to be fit for the first test. If he misses that he could struggle to beat the other bowlers. At 5/2 is Stuart Broad. Like Anderson, he is very experienced when it comes to test match cricket.
Going off the World Cup and current form though Jofra Archer could be the main man. A hero from the competition where he showed his electric pace. He is at 3/1 to be the leading wicket-taker in his test series debut for England
Australia's main threat with the ball is the best test bowler in the world, Pat Cummins. He had a fairly mediocre World Cup but with the red ball, he is a real danger. He is priced at 5/2 with the leading wicket-taker at the World Cup Mitchell Starc as the 2/1 favourite.
Starc is ranked as the 15th best test bowler in the world, but he is in great form of late.
The Ashes 2019 is going to be a fascinating test series with some of the world best and most exciting cricketers on display. The first test starts on August 1st through to September 16th.