There was not much change in the betting for this years Ashes after Englands 3-2 series win over Australia in the recent 50 over series. The Aussies have slightly drifted from 4/7 to 8/13, and England have been trimmed from 10/3 to 3/1, a drawn series is still 5/1.
If England had gone on to record an emphatic 5-0 or 4-1 victory, I believe we would have seen a shift in the betting towards England, even though I can’t see how the outcome of a best-of-5 ODI series could have any bearing on the outcome of an Ashes series.
On the back of their world T20 winning performance, England looked like they might have pulled ahead of the Aussies, and at one stage an English whitewash was on the cards, but Australia put paid to that with a typical backs-to-the-wall fightback.
Did England take their foot off the peddle at 3-0 though? Who knows.
In the end the two teams look fairly evenly matched, and the seismic shift in the balance of power never materialized.
To me, England looked to have the stronger bowling unit, while the Aussies look like they have the stronger batting line up. But one thing is for certain, and that is that the gap has definately closed.
Will we soon see the defining moment where the two teams pass each other on their respective ways up and down the cricketing mountain?
A more imminent fixture sees England take on Bangladesh in a 50 over contest at Trent Bridge on Thursday (best of 3 series). England are an unbackable 1/8 for victory with VC Bet and Totesport. Bangladesh are 6/1 with Sky Bet to cause an upset.
People say it will be even but England will need to play really well if they are to win in Australia. When they did in 1985/86 they had Stuart Broad in amazing form and great backup in Lamb, Gatting Gower and Botham. In the bowling you had Dilley, Edmonds, Emburey and again Botham. Will England have the evenness of contributors now? Also they only won 2-1 then and that was a horrible Australian side.