2009 Ashes betting is hotting up with Sky Bet with just a over a week to go before the start of international cricket’s most fiercely contested events. The 2009 Ashes gets into full flow at Cardiff on July 8th and England are available at 9/4 in Sky Bet’s Ashes betting on the first Test (11/8 Australia & 7/4 Draw). England’s Ashes odds for the series currently stand at 15/8.
Sky Bet’s cricket betting expert Tim Reynolds said: “This year’s Ashes series betting has been a real seesaw. After England’s terrible performance in the Caribbean, Strauss’ men were as big as 5/2 to re-gain the Ashes but after a much improved display against the West Indies on home soil we cut England to 11/8. However, the weight of support for the Aussies has since seen us ease England’s Ashes odds back out to 15/8 with Australia now the 8/11 favourites.”
Sky Bet has a wealth of Ashes betting markets available, including, top series batsman, top series bowler, batsman match bets, bowler match bets and players to play in a Test. From the Ashes specials on offer it’s 13/8 that the final Test at the Oval produces the most runs from the five Test venues and it’s 2/1 for either side to win a Test by an innings.
England’s Ashes preparations have been handed a massive boost ahead of the start of the series by the recent form of Andrew Flintoff after he missed the ICC Twenty20 World Cup recovering from knee surgery. He recorded his highest ever score in the shortest format of the game last week for Lancashire and looks to be back in-form with the bat. Flintoff’s odds of being England’s leading series runscorer is 14/1 and it’s 8/11 he takes more wickets than Australia’s Stuart Clarke (evens). Another player that the England team are heavily reliant on is Kevin Pietersen. The former captain’s injury forced him to miss matches against West Indies in the winter and also some of the recent World Twenty20 tournament but Pietersen insists he will be 100% fit come July 8th. Pietersen’s odds of being England’s top batsman are currently 9/4 and he is 4/6 to outscore Australia’s Michael Clarke (11/10).
Despite England having home advantage, the Australian team is hoping their squad of experience and youth will help them land the odds and in the Ashes series betting, Australia are 8/11 to win back-to-back Ashes series. The core of the Australian squad is made up of the side which successfully won the Test series in South Africa, including opener Phillip Hughes, who scored a hundred on his debut. Hughes, who is tipped to be Australia’s leading runscorer, is 4/1 to be their leading runscorer and from the Ashes specials, it’s 5/1 he score’s a century on his Ashes debut. Young upcoming fast bowlers Peter Siddle, Mitchell Johnson and Ben Hilfenhaus will all want to make an impression on their first Ashes tour, and with the return from injury of Brett Lee and Stuart Clark, Australia boost one of the fiercest bowling attacks in world cricket. It’s 7/4 for Johnson to be Australia’s leading wicket taker with Lee 11/4, Siddle 4/1, Clark 4/1 and Hilfenhaus 14/1.
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