England are the current holders of the Urn after completing a 3-2 victory back in 2015. The next series starts in Australia late in 2017 (fixtures are here), when Australia will be looking to take advantage of home conditions and attempt to wrestle back the Urn, they last held when they thrashed England 5-0 back in 2013/14, when the wheels fell off the Poms in quite spectacular fashion.
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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.
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.