Cricket’s oldest and greatest rivalry is revived again in August as England host Australia in the Ashes. The Australians are in possession of the famous urn after a 4-0 series victory on home soil at the turn of 2017/18
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All the best betting sites (listed in the table below) will offer odds on the Ashes with the outright market - that of Test series winner - open months before the big event. Australia are naturally heavy favourites to keep the Urn on home soil, you must go back to 2010/11 for the last time England brought the trophy back from Australia.
The teams have in the last decade or so become very closely matched. The year 2005 witnessed a turning point in the history of cricket’s oldest international fixture. Australia had previously dominated under captains Allan Border, Mark Taylor and Steve Waugh, winning every series from 1989 onwards. But in Ricky Ponting’s first Ashes series as skipper, England finally won them back in what has been described as “the greatest series”.
Michael Vaughan, Kevin Pietersen and Andrew Flintoff became national heroes as England clinched a 2-1 series victory with the success marked by an open-top bus parade through the streets of London.
Since then, the home side has won every time with two exceptions - 2010/11 in Australia where Alastair Cook’s runs and James Anderson’s wickets saw England to a 3-1 triumph and in the latest series where a hard-fought 2-2 draw meant Australia retained the Urn until next time as the current holders.
The latest Ashes series saw the end of Trevor Bayliss as England head coach. The Australian was a controversial appointment perhaps, given his birthplace, but Bayliss oversaw a resurgence of English cricket especially in the white ball game. He will be remembered fondly for the wonderful “super over” World Cup victory by his team in the 2019 tournament on home soil, under Irish born captain and One Day specialist, Eoin Morgan.
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The next Ashes series takes place in Australia between November 2021 and January 2022. It will include the famous and hugely anticipated Boxing Day Test Match at the MCG – the Melbourne Cricket Ground starting on the 26th December 2021.
If you are in the UK, you can watch every ball of the 2021/22 Ashes live on subscription channel Sky Sports or by purchasing a Sky Sports pass on NOW TV. Highlights of each day’s play will be screened on terrestrial TV dependent on the secured rights closer to the time. Many enjoy listening to Cricket via TMS – a BBC Radio service that is massively popular. In Australia, the series will be usually be broadcast live free-to-air on Channel Nine.
Yes, all of the top cricket betting sites will be offering odds for The Ashes, with multiple markets available already – as the event approaches you will even find markets on which players will be selected in the touring squads before a ball is bowled.
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