2015 Ashes Betting
Holders of the Urn, Australia start the 2015 Ashes series as red hot favourites to win the series and complete their first series victory on English soil since 2001.
Ashes Betting Bookmakers offering plenty of markets are………
England have an emerging side with raw talent such as Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler and Mark Wood. They are a new team with a lot of inexperience finding their way at Test level, and are regarded as major outsiders to beat a successful, well drilled Aussie team, with a wealth of seam bowling talent, seemingly ready to wipe out England’s batting this summer.
Favourites Australia, have been labelled as Dad’s Army on the back of some comments made by former Aussie fast bowler, Jason Gillespie. It is true that they have some players almost certainly on their last tour of England, with Chris Rogers retiring at the end of the series, and Ryan Harris already gone without bowling a ball.
As well as those, we have Brad Haddin, Adam Voges, and probably Shane Watson, Mitchell Johnson and even Michael Clarke playing in their last UK Ashes series, and they will be looking to go out with a bang (or win on English soil at last).
It is a clash of England’s somewhat wet behind the ears young guns, against the experience and creaking bodies of Australia. An England side on the up, and an Aussie side probably at their peak and knowing how to get the job done.
The whole series could be decided on the tight sessions when the pressure is really on, and this is where Australia are regarded as having the edge.
Personally, I don’t think this series will be the walkover for Australia that most seem to be predicting. Back in 2013, the Aussie side that arrived here was derided from the minute they stepped foot in England. That side wasn’t as bad as it was made out to be, and I don’t believe this side is as good as it’s being made out to be.
Yes, they could well win the Ashes, but Australia aren’t the greatest of travellers, and England shouldn’t be getting sucked into the hype of believing that they are just turning up to get beaten by a mighty Australian outfit.
I really believe that England do have the players to trouble the Aussies and win the series, but they will need to come to the fore when it really matters, otherwise I can see the Aussie’s at the very least retaining the series.
Ashes Betting Promotions
Paddy Power – Back a winning Top Team Runscorer in any innings and if the player scores a century, then Paddy Power will pay you out at DOUBLE your original odds.
This offer is available to all Paddy Power customers throughout the whole of the Ashes series.
Sportsbet – One for the Australian punters, if your 1st innings Top Runscorer scorer bet loses, but your players scores 50 or more runs, Sportsbet will refund your losing bet up to a maximum of $100. All Sportsbet customers, 1st Test match only.
Australia To Retain Ashes Betting
A drawn series would see the Aussies retain the Ashes Urn, as protocol says that whoever is the holder of the Urn, keeps it in the event of a drawn series.
This makes a bet on Australia To Retain The Ashes effectively a bet on Australia to win or draw the series, and is probably why Australia are as short as 1/5 with 888Sport to be returning to Australia with the trophy awarded at the end of the series.
Brief Ashes History
Students of Ashes History will be aware that in 1882, a famous Test match was played that seen the writing of the mocking obituary that led to the birth of the Ashes as we know it today. That particular England V Australia contest was a one-off Test match, with 4 ball overs bowled.
Things are very different these days. The Ashes is now a regular biennial series consisting of 5 Test matches, played alternatively in England and Australia. Australia are the current holders, hammering England 5-0 in the 2013/14 series in Australia to reclaim the Urn.
These days there are differing options when it comes to betting on the Ashes. You can choose to bet with a traditional bookmaker, or you can use a betting exchange like Betfair to trade the test match, or you can use a spread betting firm such as Sporting Index.
If you choose to just place straight forward bets using one of the online bookmakers, there are no end of types of Ashes bets to choose from. The Ashes is that popular these days that the bookies fall over themselves to entice us to bet with them on this high profile series. They will also offer plenty of Ashes betting specials, such as money back if your top scorer bet scores a 50, but isn’t the top scorer, etc.
Some cricket bets you can place pre series on the Ashes are…
These are all pretty self explanatory bets, and can be found with pretty much any online bookmaker.
When it comes to the individual Test match betting, there is a far larger variety of cricket bets available. Some of the individual Test match bets available are…
Head to Heads…. this is where the bookmaker picks two players (sometimes on the same side, or opposing side) and offers odds on who will take the most wickets, or score the most runs.
Innings Runs…. How many runs will be scored in the England or Australia innings, the bookmaker or betting exchange will offer a spread, for example 1/2 over 250 runs, 2/1 over 400 runs, 3/1 over 500 runs, etc.
Highest Opening Partnership…. Which team will have the highest first wicket partnership.
Team Of Top Run Scoring Batsman….. Which team will the highest scoring batsman play for. This bet could be applicable in just the 1st Innings, or it could be a bet based on the both innings’ of the Test match.
Century To Be Scored In Match…. Straight forward bet, will any player from any team score a hundred in one innings of the match? (Not combined total of 100 over two innings).
Next Batsman Method Of Dismissal…. How will the next batsman to get out, be dismissed? Bookmakers will give us odds on whether it is by being bowled, LBW, caught, run out, stumped.
Next Batsman To Be Out…. Which of the two batsmen at the crease will be the next man out?
Before placing any Ashes bets (or cricket bets in general) always beware of the playing conditions.
For example, in the event of rain shortening a Test match, the ‘follow on’ target can be changed. In the event of a drawn series, the holders of the Urn would retain it. So if the series is 1-1 going into the final (5th) Test match, I might be reluctant to back England (as the current holders of the Urn) to win the Test, as they might settle for a draw to see them retain the Ashes
Also do your homework. For example, check the recent history of a ground. Has it had a lot of draws over the past few years? How many days/overs have recent Test matches lasted on this particular ground? Was the opposition weak or strong? Get a feel for how the ground generally plays, or how long the wicket generally lasts for.
You can usually judge it looking on Cricnfo. If a match was a draw, you can see how many overs were bowled, so you can see whether it was a rain effected match, or just a dead wicket. You can also find out if a pitch broke up on the last couple of days and a spinner took a lot of wickets, etc.
There is no exact science to suggest the same thing will happen year in, year out – but it just gives you a guide when looking for value.
This can also come in handy if you are trading cricket on Betfair. If history suggests a pitch might deteriorate on about Day 3 of a Test match, and calling a winner is too risky, you can lay the draw on a betting exchange.
From my own perspective, I’m personally not too keen on placing Outright Series winner bets on series of this length.
Why? Because I like don’t like having my money tied up for this length of time, and a lot can change over the course of a 5 match series, such as form, injuries, weather, pitch/playing conditions
That’s not to say there’s anything wrong with series bets, it’s just not my preference.
Betting on individual Ashes Test matches gives me more information to work with. It represents more value in my opinion, as I can judge recent form, the weather, etc. Whereas with a series bet, I can’t judge how a team might be playing by the time the 5th Test comes around.
Ashes Spread Betting
Another popular way for betting on the Ashes, is by using a Spread Betting firm. This gives you the option to sell a player’s runs – for example – if you think he is going to have a poor series and score less runs than his spread suggests. You would then win money for every run that player falls short of his spread, or you would lose money for every run that player scores over his spread.
Alternatively, if you think that player will score more runs than his spread, you can buy his runs instead. If he does go on to score more runs, you will win money for every runs he scores above his spread. Or if he finises below his spread and you lose, you will lose money on every run that the player is below his spread.
Our page on Ashes Spread Betting gives an example of how this bet would work, and it also has various other advice and suggestions on spread betting, and how it works.