Bet on the Ashes Cricket
The Ashes is one of the most famous sporting contests, with England and Australia competing roughly every two years in a Test Match series to determine who will be the winner of a very miniature urn.
England playing Australia is a fierce rivalry in cricket, with The Ashes having started in 1882-3 although the first ever Test Match between the two sides occurred in 1887.
Betting on The Ashes is very popular, with many betting customers in England, Australia and other parts of the world enjoying a wager on the Test Series along with the individual Test Matches, the latter of which can span five days.
How to bet on Ashes betting markets
The Ashes Series markets go up well in advance of the actual cricket starting, with customers able to place bets on either England, Australia or the draw. For the series to be drawn, the two teams must win an equal number of Test Matches so this renders it less likely.
You can also bet on Ashes Series markets such as Correct Score, Series Score, Series Leader, Top Batsman, Top Bowler and the Top Batsman and Bowler for both England and Australia. These are often great interest bets which means you have something to cheer on for the whole series.
The Ashes cricket betting markets where the bookies see more bets are the actual Test Match markets. You can bet on the winner of the five Test Matches before each one starts and then In-Play for the duration of the contest.
Many betting customers like to trade on the cricket and that includes a Test Match during an Ashes Series. That is where you might back Australia at particular odds, eg 5.00 and then look to cash out if they shorten to odds such as 3.00.
You can bet on Top Batsman and Top Bowler markets within the actual Test Match along with a stack of In-Play markets which could relate to the number of runs being scored in an innings, a session or even a particular over.
The history of The Ashes
The first Ashes series took place between 1882 and 1883, with England dominating the early contests although Australia were victorious in 1891-2 and the 1897-98 Test Series was the first of four consecutive wins for the Aussies which was the start of things to come.
It wasn’t until the 1970’s that England re-established their previous dominance, although they were able to land Ashes crowns between 1977 and 1986, with Australia only able to land one blow between that time period.
After a 2-1 win in the 1986-7 Ashes Test Series, England would have to wait a long time for another success. Their international team went into the doldrums, with Australia landing some monster successes and being completely dominant at the sport.
However, in 2005, we witnessed something special from a resurgent England side who bounced back from losing the opening Test to land a famous 2-1 win. Inspired by the captaincy of Andrew Strauss and the all-round quality of Andrew Flintoff, there was no stopping this talented team.
Despite this success, the Aussies were able to land a whitewash revenge victory, although England were then able to turn the screw in the next three Ashes series before Australia once again claimed a whitewash.