How to bet on the Ashes online
No series matters more to cricket fans in England and Australia than the Ashes. This is Test cricket at its very best, with players inspired by history, and national sporting pride on the line. Betting on the Ashes is always intense with fans looking for an extra dimension of excitement.
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Australia arrived in England in 2019 as holders of the Ashes – and they left with the little urn still in their possession after a thrilling, roller-coaster series was drawn 2-2. England’s extraordinary one-wicket victory at Headingley gave home fans hope, but Australia ensured that they could not lose the series by winning at Old Trafford the following week.
Player of the Series
Steve Smith was, quite simply, the difference between the two sides in the 2019 Ashes. If he had not been in the Australian team, England would have won the series. Time after time, his amazing batting exploits held his side together and denied England a chance of victory.
Pat Cummins delivered the ideal combination for an opening bowler – pace and consistency. He repeatedly destroyed England’s hopes of a good start to an innings, before returning later to bowl out the lower order. Cummins finished with an impressive 29 wickets over the five Tests.
It’s a simple question. Which side will win the Ashes? Don't forget you can also bet on the series ending level – as the teams did in England in 2019.
However, history is against England Down Under. In eight visits to Australia since 1986-87, they have won the Ashes on only one occasion, the extraordinarily emphatic triumph of 2010-11. On their two subsequent visits, England have been thumped by an overall score of 9-0 so it will take an almighty feat to turn around a trend like that.
Nevertheless, England captain Joe Root is arguably the best batsman in the world, an experienced bowling attack and a good balance between youth and experience. There is a good chance that they upset the odds in the England Australia Ashes betting.
Australia look very strong, though. The national team has recovered from the upset of the ball-tampering affair of 2018 and the line-up looks as solid as ever. This will be a superb series between two very good teams.
There are several potential contenders for the award that recognizes the man who does more than anyone else to decide the destiny of the Ashes.
At the top of that list has to be Steve Smith. The former captain carried Australia to victory in 2019 and will fancy his chances of topping the batting lists again back on home soil. Similarly, Pat Cummins will be sure his experience of Australian pitches will give him the edge when it comes to topping the bowling charts.
England, however, still boast the highest-taking wicket taker of any fast bowler in history; Jimmy Anderson. He has the power to impact matches with the ball and bat and has showed as much on numerous occasions.
Joe Root remains in the form of his life it’s worth checking out his odds in the England Australia Ashes betting. It’s conceivable he could rattle up a string of big scores to inspire the side he captains.
The first name on the shortlist of anyone who wants an Ashes bet on this market has to be Steve Smith. The sheer number of runs he piled up during the 2019 series, and his form since, suggests he will relish the big occasion of a home Ashes series. There is every prospect that he can top the run-scoring list again. Another main Australian hope has to be Marnus Labuschagne. He played surprisingly well in England in 2019 after appearing as a concussion substitute for Smith at Lord’s and has cemented his place in the side since. Ben Stokes missed the 2017-18 series in Australia – and England badly missed him. It would be no surprise to see him top the batting lists for the visitors should he return to the game in good time. But if Joe Root can balance the demands of leading an England side in Australia with the need to make big scores, he could be a contender in this market too.
Pat Cummins was the leading wicket-taker for Australia in the 2017-18 home series, as well as the 2019 clash in England. Now vice-captain of the side, he is in his prime and it is inconceivable that he will not be among the wickets again in this series – it’s likely Ashes betting sites will give him the shortest odds. Other home players high in the Ashes betting are Mitchell Starc, who is highly effective on home pitches, as well as Aussie spinner Nathan Lyon.
Jimmy Anderson is the only fast bowler in history to take 600 Test wickets and he will hope for one last hurrah for England, as will his opening bowling partner Stuart Broad.
One man to watch for the visitors looked set to be Jofra Archer. His genuine pace made a huge impact in the 2019 series, but unfortunately an injury has ruled him out. The hard Australian pitches would have suited him perfectly, but his absence opens the door for the likes of Chris Woakes and Ollie Robinson.
Just because the first ball has been bowled, the betting does not have to stop. Ashes betting sites will still be open for business if you want a wager on the action and test cricket is a sport that lends itself beautifully to in-play betting.
There is plenty of time to assess the way the balance of power in a match is shifting and to bet accordingly. For instance, if Steve Smith is out for a duck (a score of zero) in his first innings, you will still be able to back him to score the most runs in the match or even the series.
There are a host of ways to bet on Ashes matches, both in the countdown to the series and once the action has started.
Sportsbooks all over the world will offer a variety of outright markets as well as cricket odds such as handicaps and over/unders.
The best Ashes betting sites are those with a wide range of markets, competitive odds, and user-friendly apps that mean you can bet quickly and easily.
It’s also worth seeking out the best offers and promotions for new and existing customers. The heightened attention on cricket around the Ashes means that it’s an ideal time to attract new customers.
Many operators will offer free bets to new bettors, whereby your first wager will be matched, or multiplied, in your account.
Others will cater for frequent players. If you place a number of Ashes bets in a week, your loyalty will be rewarded with a free bet.
Traditionally the venue for the opening Test of an Ashes series in Australia, the Gabba is in Brisbane. With a history dating back to 1895, it’s located in the center of the city, which is the capital of Queensland, and has a capacity of 36,000 for international cricket.