England odds-on to retain the urn
England are strong favourites for a third successive Ashes triumph this summer following their recent 2-0 series victory over New Zealand.
Having relied on a last-wicket stand between Matt Prior and Monty Panesar to earn a 0-0 series draw in New Zealand during the winter, Alastair Cook’s men... Read more
Having relied on a last-wicket stand between Matt Prior and Monty Panesar to earn a 0-0 series draw in New Zealand during the winter, Alastair Cook’s men returned to form back on home soil to seal a convincing result against the Black Caps. Meanwhile, Australia are still licking their wounds after being soundly beaten 4-0 by India, resulting in the Ashes odds moving further in England’s favour.
England are now 2/9 to retain the treasured urn this coming July and August, and also odds-on to win the series outright, as they have done the past two occasions the sides have locked horns.
The last time Australia were on English soil in 2009, Andrew Strauss led England to a 2-1 victory. A repeat of that score for Cook & Co. is available at 6/1 in our Ashes betting markets.
Previous Ashes series have been famous for the bullish 5-0 predictions in the build-up, most notably by Glenn McGrath ahead of the 2005 series which saw England regain the urn for the first time since 1987. A 5-0 win for Australia would seem unlikely given the 150/1 odds attached to that score, with England the more likely to complete the whitewash at 20/1.
Odds are subject to change