This market can be known as one of Top Ashes Bowler market, or Top Ashes Wicket Taker market, and it is a bet on who will take the most wickets from either side in the whole of the Ashes series. It is one of the most popular pre Ashes Betting markets available.
The current favourite is Mitchell Johnson from Australia, so for example, if Johnson takes 22 wickets, and England’s Jimmy Anderson takes 21 wicket, then Mitchell Johnson is the regarded as the winner of the bet.
In the event of a dead heat, ie, both Johnson and Jimmy Anderson take 22 wickets, then bookmakers usually regard the bowler with the betting bowling average as the winner. ie, if Johnson takes his 22 wickets at 21 runs per a wicket, and Anderson takes his 22 wickets at 22 runs per a wicket, then Johnson would be the winner.
Different bookmakers may have different interpretations of dead heat markets like this though, so it is well worth checking first and ensuring you know how the winner will be declared before placing any bets in this particular market.
2015 Top Ashes Bowler Betting
It will come as no surprise to seasoned cricket followers to find a couple of Australians by the name of Mitchell dominating this market. Mitchell Johnson is currently just shading favouritism at a best price of 5/1 with Betvictor, while Mitchell Starc is a best price of 11/2, and Josh Hazelwood a best price of 15/2, both with Stan James.
Depending on where you look, you will find that some bookies have them joint favourites, while some make Starc the favourite, and some make it Johnson.
After these two comes England’s Jimmy Anderson, who can be backed at a best price of 7/1 with Skybet.
Top England Ashes Wicket Taker
This is a bet to see which English bowler (only) will take the most wickets throughout the whole of the Ashes series.
Jimmy Anderson is the stand out bowler in the English ranks and it’s no surprise to see him as the 9/4 favourite with bet365 (£200 Welcome Bonus Here) to top England’s wicket taking charts.
After Anderson we have Stuart Broad who is a best price of 10/3, then comes the inexperienced Mark Wood at 9/2, Ben Stokes at 7/1, and Moeen Ali at 10/1.
Top Australia Ashes Wicket Taker
This is a bet to see which Aussie bowler (only) will take the most wickets throughout the whole of the Ashes series.
Take your pick from the two Mitchell’s, Johnson is a best price of 3/1 with Paddy Power, while Starc’s best odds are 10/1 with Stan James. After those two come the impressive Josh Hazelwood who is 4/1 with bet365. We then have Ryan Harris at 9/2, Nathan Lyon at 6/1 and Peter Siddle at 33/1.