England v Australia Ashes 1st Test Match

Fresh from claiming World Cup success at Lords this summer, England head into what promises to be the most competitive Ashes serious in recent times. Both teams enter with form onside, are confident they have what it takes to succeed and that should result in a thrilling series. We’ll get a taste of things to come in the first Test Match. Bookies, such as Bet365 are offering great odds and offers.

The opening round from this summer’s Ashes starts on 1st August with an 11.00am start time. Armchair fans can follow the play live on Sky Sports and we’re set for a bumper audience as the crowds file into Birmingham’s Edgbaston stadium, thousands more watching the live TV pictures and highlights at home or through a mobile app.

Feel-good factor surrounding English cricket

Bookmakers have responded to the increased levels of interest and feel-good factor surrounding English cricket at the moment, as was expected, and offer up a number of betting markets, allowing punters the chance to back their opinions with hard cash. Have your say on the winner of the 1st Test Match or the series outright. Gamble on top batsman, bowler, a century to be scored, first ball, double chance, first wicket method, first innings lead, and plenty more besides.

Get your bets on early to secure a better price on your bet or keep your powder dry until you get a feel for player form, the weather and even how both teams are set up. With in-play betting many of the best pre-match markets remain live throughout the course of the match, with odds and handicap lines altered to keep pace with the play. Watch the game closely and react to any patterns in the play before the traders do. In-play betting works perfectly alongside live cricket.

We know there’s plenty to bet on, but which market should you choose to give yourself the best chance of landing a return on your investment? There are many strategies adopted by cricket punters, including sticking with a favourite batsman or bowler, following recent form or going with the predictions of our talented team of tipsters. We guided readers towards profit in many games at the World Cup and aim for more of the same at the Ashes.

Score to Settle

There’s always a feeling in the air of a score to settle when these rivals go head-to-head, but this Ashes seems to have an extra edge to it following the drama of the World Cup. England ended as champions and will be keen to prove they fully deserve their place at the summit. There’s increased pressure on the new best team in the world and opponents will find that little bit extra when it comes to trying to bring them down a peg or two.

Australia were defending champions but lost out at the semi-final stage, beaten by England in the last four. That was billed as a competitive contest and one the Aussies believed they were good enough to win, but at the end it was a convincing victory for the host nation. Winning the Ashes in England won’t take away the hurt of losing their World Cup trophy, but it will help heal the wounds and will also prove Oz are a team heading in the right direction again following the infamous ball-tampering scandal.

Much has been made of England’s win over Australia at the World Cup in July but it’s worth remembering that was in a one day match and Test Match cricket is very different. These games are usually decided over the course of three to five days where anything can happen. The Aussies are better over the extended trip and that should help even up the scores a bit. Don’t be too quick to write off a visiting side who are good enough and determined enough to cause an upset in Birmingham. They have been written off by traders at all major bookmakers, but it would come as no surprise to see Australia get off to a winning start, sending a message of intent.

England Favourites in a Tight Series Market

The Ashes series betting has England as favourites but there’s not a lot between the teams at the time of writing, with traders seemingly at a loss to predict which nation will come out on top. That will change at the conclusion of the first Test Match with the winner installed as a convincing jolly. Our advice if betting on the Ashes series is to get in early and grab a better price. The sooner you bet the better the odds you’ll get on your prediction. England have been chalked up at 4/5 – top price with William Hill – against the 7/4 for Australia offered by 10bet. No one wants to see a draw but the share is available at 6/1, a price you’ll find available with most firms, including bet365.

Looking beyond the series winner betting and you can enjoy a punt on the outcome without calling the victor. The series correct score poses more of a challenge as you are tasked with picking the winning side and the final score, but the rewards are far greater and certainly worth chasing. England to win 3-2 is 6/1 with William Hill and that’s market leader. It’s placed ahead of England 3-1 at 13/2 (bet365) and the 2-2 draw at 13/2 (William Hill). If Australia are going to win their best chance, according to the traders, comes from a 3-2 result and that’s 9/1 at William Hill.

The top England batsman is another that makes for interesting reading and the list is dominated by Joe Root who is 5/2, top price when getting your cash down at William Hill. He sits ahead of Jonny Bairstow at 4/1 with the same firm and Rory Burns who is as big as 5/1. The top Australian batsman list has Steve Smith as 2/1 fav.

Get the Best Price Possible

Turning our attentions towards the first Test Match and it’s a similar story with England priced as favourites although it’s competitive, to say the least. There’s a difference of opinion amongst traders on just how strong a favourite this England team should be, with prices ranging from 4/7 to even money. There’s no point taking less of a price on your selection, so make sure you shop around to get the best price available to you. If backing England, you should take advantage of the generosity shown by bet365 as they are giving out even money.

There’s the same indecision on the trading floors when it comes to Australia’s chances of gaining revenge for that World Cup defeat and getting off to the best possible start with an Ashes 1st Test Match victory. Many firms are as tight as 13/8 on the tourists but there are a few more generous, handing out a useful 13/8. You’ll get the bigger price at bet365 if backing the Aussies and that’s sure to prove popular with punters, especially value hunters. This could be seen as a 50/50 match and if that’s your view on the game it makes perfect sense to go with the bigger price.

There are many specials to sink your teeth into. Which side of the rivalry will secure the best start? The highest opening partnership market allows you to predict just that. Again, there’s little between the teams with England at 4/5 – Australia evens – the draw 33/1.

Tip – England 3-1 series win at 13/2 with bet365