England captain Joe Root found himself back in the runs in England’s last warm up match, scoring 83 in the drawn match against a Cricket Australia XI.
Ahead of the 1st Test starting in Brisbane this Thursday, Root is expected to be England’s top run scorer, and this is backed up in the latest Ashes Betting.
In Ashes Top Run Scorer Betting, Root is third favourite, behind Australia’s Steven Smith and David Warner, while in Top England Batting, Root is unsurprisingly the favourite.
To be top overall series run scorer (both sides included in this market), Root is a best price of 5/1 with William Hill, with Smith at 11/4 and Warner at 3/1.
To be Top England Run Scorer, Root is a lot shorter at 7/4 with Betfair, in what is being deemed a two horse race by the bookmakers. Alastair Cook comes next st 11/4, and after that you can take your pick.
Jonny Bairstow is 6/1, Mark Stoneman is 7/1, Vince is at 10/1, with Dawid Malan at a decent value (in my view) looking 12/1. After that comes Moeen, who is 20/1.
In Ashes Spread Betting, Root’s runs are available to Sell at 430, and Buy at 450 with leading spread betting firm Sporting Index.