England have the Ashes. Those four words will be worth everything as they look forward to the forthcoming clash with Australia to retain the urn.
England’s 3-0 win against the tourists in the summer will mean the Australians will be looking for revenge when the two sides clash later this month. This should prove to be a much sterner test for Alistair Cook’s side than when they were victorious at Trent Bridge a few months ago.
Nevertheless England were only completely dominant when they won at Lords, and they could so easily have lost at Trent Bridge thanks to Ashton Agar’s bat heroics, while the wins at Old Trafford and Durham could have easily gone either way.
Coral offer the best price for an England win on 21-25 November at 11/10, however bad weather has curtailed their preparations somewhat. With less than two weeks before the first clash, Kevin Pietersen is an injury concern, as is Matt Prior, so all is not going to plan.
Pietersen has suffered for several months with knee problems, although he tweeted that a cortisone injection would allow him to be part of the preparations in Sydney on Wednesday.
Australia on the other hand are hardly a match for England player for player, however the home advantage will be very significant and the side will surely be looking to improve their recent performances. William Hill offer 13/8 that Australia retain the Ashes.
Australian cricket is at a low at the moment, however it is likely that they can emerge victorious from at least one game, with the bookmakers offering 13/2 for a 2-2 scoreline. Another 3-0 scoreline for England looks good value at 16/1.
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