The Ashes 2017 Betting Tips and Predictions
Cricket Betting Tips and Predictions for Australia vs England as they face off for The Ashes 2017, starting at the Gabba on November 23rd. Read on for our Ashes preview, betting tips and predictions.
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The Ashes 2017 Series Preview
It’s that time of the cricketing calendar when Australia take on England in a five-match Test series; in short, it’s time for the Ashes.
It feels like it’s been quite some time since these two sides fought for the urn, and the excitement is quite palpable yet again. Injuries and fitness woes might have taken the driver’s seat in the lead-up to this edition of the oldest cricketing rivalry but that hasn’t dampened the interest among fans from both sides.
Interestingly, neither side can lay a claim for being overwhelming favourites to win the Ashes this time because of a wide variety of reasons but as has often been the case, the team that carries the momentum early could well go on to win the series.
The Steven Smith-led Australia are struggling to find the right combination with nearly three rounds of Sheffield Shield cricket unable to give an overwhelming view on who their number six batsman and wicket-keeper will be. The opening combination is a bit iffy too.
England are losing players to injury and other reasons – read, arrests – and will hope they start the opening Test without too many other woes. They have already lost Ben Stokes – for now – and Steven Finn after missing on Mark Wood earlier.
When Jake Ball injured himself in a warm-up game earlier, things looked to be unravelling far too quickly for the tourists but he has been given a green light for now.
The Ashes 2017 Schedule
The five-match series begins at the Gabba on November 23rd and they also play at Adelaide, Perth, Melbourne and Sydney. The Adelaide Test is a day/night encounter for the first time ever in Ashes cricket.
November 23rd-27th 2017: 1st Test at the Gabba, Brisbane
December 2nd-6th 2017: 2nd Test at the Adelaide Oval (d/n)
December 14th-18th 2017: 3rd Test at the WACA, Perth
December 26th-30th 2017: 4th Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground
January 4th-8th 2018: 5th Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground
Australia vs England Head To Head
England hold the Ashes, having won the last series 3-2 at home. That series win levelled things off between the two sides with both teams winning 32 Ashes series as well as 5 draws.
Overall, however, Australia have won 130 Tests to England’s 106, with 89 ending in draws.
In 162 series played in Australia, the home side has won 82 (50.6%), lost 56 (34.6%) and drawn 24 (14.8%).
Australia Team News
Australia’s team will be named soon, but for now, all but the number six and keeper’s spots look confirmed. Matt Renshaw is under some pressure at the top of the order but could make it to the squad by the skin of his teeth.
England Team News
England have named their squad with Joe Root leading the line-up and James Anderson acting as his deputy. The Stokes punch-up story cost him his place in the side which meant the selectors had to search for a new vice-captain as well.
Alastair Cook will need to fire with the bat after copping some batting miseries during the warm-up games given that the likes of Dawid Malan, James Vince, Mark Stoneman and Gary Ballance do not inspire a lot of confidence in the top of the order.
James Anderson and Stuart Broad will lead the pace attack while Moeen Ali will be the first-choice spinner. Chris Woakes will now need to fill up that all-rounder’s role in place of Ben Stokes but the make-up of the rest of the bowling attack is unknown.
The Ashes 2017 Betting Tips and Predictions
As well as our Ashes 2017 series betting tips and predictions below, we will be previewing each Test individually with these previews containing tips specific to that match.
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AustraliaThe Ashes 2017 Series Winner
The last time England were in Australia for an Ashes series, they were pummelled 5-0. With Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins expected to open the same wounds that Mitchell Johnson inflicted on England back in 2013, it comes as no surprise that Australia are favourite to win the Ashes this time around.
England’s Ashes record in Australia has been underwhelming, having won just one series down under out of the previous seven, while the previous drawn Ashes came all the way back in 1972.
Back Australia to win this Ashes series.
Australia 3-1 EnglandThe Ashes 2017 Series Correct Score
Australia should win at the Gabba since it’s been their stronghold, having last lost a Test there in 1988. At Adelaide, the first ever Ashes day/night Test will be played and England’s inexperience at playing with the pink ball could show up as well.
England’s record at the WACA is equally poor, having not won a Test there since 1978, which leaves them with a chance in Melbourne or Sydney – venues they registered a win at in the 2010-11 series.
David WarnerTop Australia Batsman
A look at the best batsmen against England since 2010 gives out an indication for our next tip. Aussie captain Steven Smith’s 1339 runs is second only to South African batsman Hashim Amla and while he averages just 44 getting those, it must be remembered that a lot of those runs came while he was selected as a spin bowling all-rounder.
However, David Warner’s 523 runs against England in home Tests gives him an average of 58.11 which is way higher than Smith’s 37.38 and we’re backing the opener to come out on top yet again here.
Jonny BairstowTop England Batsman
In the last year, Jonny Bairstow’s away average of 44 is second only to Joe Root’s 49 and while the England captain is the most obvious favourite to be the top batsman for his country, we feel Bairstow offers a lot more value at to be his side’s best batsman in the series.
Pat CumminsTop Australia Bowler
Having suffered at the hands of Mitchell Johnson’s pace last time, England might find it tough to face up to Pat Cummins’ speeds. Cummins was a tough cookie to handle even in conditions least conducive to speedsters in recent Tests in India and Bangladesh and finished with 14 wickets from four Tests at 29.
Stuart BroadTop England Bowler
While James Anderson is one of the classiest England bowlers of all time, his poor record in Australia makes us opt for Stuart Broad as England’s top bowler. Anderson averages 38.44 with the ball down under as opposed to Broad’s 32.
Others, such as Chris Woakes and Jake Ball, haven’t played a Test in this country, while Moeen Ali’s off-spin might not find the Australian surfaces to be too conducive.