2015 Ashes First Test Betting Preview PT 1- By A.J. Ryder on July 7, 2015 16:57 GMT
We are heading into the opening test of the 2015 Ashes series in Cardiff and it’s shaping up like it could be one of the most explosive contests in a very long time with the English side taking on Australia on home soil with the bookmakers seeming to be quite keen on the tourists chances - both in the opening test and the actual test series itself.
England had really been in the woods for a bit since losing the last Ashes in a 5-0 whitewash that saw the team literally split apart with certain players leaving or retiring at various points.
However, that all turned around pretty quickly once England were able to settle into a series against New Zealand where things initially looked like it would be “another one of those” series’ but instead we’ve seen them put together some of the most impressive performances in recent history, along with several young players like Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root and Jos Buttler really starting to emerge and stake their claim as crucial parts of the English national team.
Few things would be better than to win the Ashes back from Australia and those English players likely have the belief that they have a much bigger chance than many cricketing observers might be willing to give them.
Looking ahead at the actual first test in Cardiff, we have the bookmakers listing the Australians at an odds-on price to capture the series victory. You’ll find them trading at a 10/11 listing while England represent solid value with a 3/1 price being floated by the bookmakers.