The Ashes Cricket Betting Guide
The Ashes is the pinnacle of test cricket. Every four years in England and in Australia, the two arch enemies of England and Australia do battle in a best of five match test series for the most coveted prize in cricket. Similar to the Ryder Cup in golf, whenever England and Australia do battle in an Ashes series the quality and standard, not to mention the drama, passion and excitement is surpassed by nothing else in the game of cricket.
The series is named after a sarcastic obituary published in the Sporting Times newspaper after England had lost to Australia at The Oval for the first time on an English ground in 1882. The obituary claimed that English cricket had died and it’s body would be cremated and the ashes taken to Australia. The English media claimed that the next tour to Australia the following winter was the quest to win back the ashes. On that tour the England team were handed a small urn by a group of women in Melbourne. It is understood that the urn contained the ashes of a cricket bail and ever since then that has been the prize so fearlessly fought for.
This series is always the pinnacle of cricket betting. All bookmakers offer a series of bets way above the normal amount of markets we normally get for any other test series. Each match will be priced up in great detail as will many other things like correct scores, top batsmen and bowler markets as well as player of the series and series handicap betting. The entire series is shown live on Sky so the punter has access to every ball which is bowled.
England had won the last two Ashes series, at home in 2009 and in Australia during the winter of 2010/11. This had caused Australia to look hard at their domestic structure believing that England’s success comes from the strength of a solid domestic program. Generally over the last 20 years Australia had dominated this series but the feeling that the tide was turning in favour of England was well and truly confirmed in 2013 when England won the series 3-0. England were potentially denied a 4-0 win after a controversial end to the final test at The Oval when bad light put an end to the final days play with England requiring 21 runs from 24 balls,