It was a very successful winter for England’s Test team, who not only retained the Ashes in Australia but did so in a convincing fashion, landing a 3-1 series win Down Under which means they can stake a claim to be the best side in the world right now.
Aside from a few shaky moments in the First Test, it was an Ashes series that England dominated and the players have now been nicely rested ahead of Test Series’ against Sri Lanka and India, both of which take place on home soil this summer.
First up is the Sri Lankans and England are strong favourites at 4/9 (Paddy Power) to claim some sort of series victory over their opponents. The First Test takes place in Cardiff later this week, with June matches scheduled at Lord’s and The Rose Bowl.
There are lots of reasons to expect the home side to have the edge, especially with home advantage, although Sri Lanka’s ODI team demonstrated their quality by reaching the Cricket World Cup final.
The tourists are 13/2 (bet365) to spring a surprise series victory and many will be plumping for the 7/2 (William Hill) about the series ending all square, with one draw quite a likely prospect.
Even so, England’s batting order were very impressive against Australia and it’s a tough job working out which player will score the most runs against the Sri Lankans. Alastair Cook was impressive during the early stages of the Ashes tour and the Essex opener is a 4/1 chance with Ladbrokes, while Kevin Pietersen can also be backed at 4/1 (Paddy Power).