The dust has yet to settle on England’s humiliating 5-0 capitulation at the hands of Australia, and already Alastair Cook’s men have been made favourites for the return series in England in 2015.
Never mind waiting for the fall out, and any possible repercussions, Bet365 already have England as Even money favourites to regain the Urn, when Australia visit next year.
England are Even money favourites, a drawn series is 5/1, and Australia are 6/4 to win the series outright.
Obviously a lot will change in the next 18 months, there will be injuries, retirements, loss of form, discoveries of talent, etc…. the make of the current sides certainly can’t be taken as a yardstick to judge things by, that’s for sure.
Mitchell Johnson will probably never have another series like the one he has just had. He will also be 18 months older, and as he is the wrong side of 30, may well have lost some of his current zip by then.
Ryan Harris and Chris Rogers, and Brad Haddin may well also be gone, although Australia do have some decent players waiting in the wings, with bat, ball and gloves.
As for England, apart from losing Swann and probably Trott, will Cook, Bell, Pietersen, Prior, etc even recover from the experience?
England also have some raw talent, but will it be good and experienced enough in 18 months time?
There are a lot of questions about where both sides will be at by the time the next series comes around.