IT’S the pinnacle of test cricket.
The Ashes provides the battle ground for the game’s most heated rivalry, dating all the way back to 1882.
England vs. Australia, battling it out for a little urn over five big test matches.
It doesn’t get any better than this.
|2017/18 Ashes venues:||The Gabba, Adelaide Oval, the WACA Ground, Melbourne Cricket Ground, Sydney Cricket Ground|
|Dates:||November 24 to January 2018|
|Pink ball test:||December 2-6, 2018 – Adelaide Oval – (play starting from 2pm)|
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2017/18 Ashes fixture and test dates
|First Test:||November 23-27||The Gabba|
|Second Test:||December 2-6||Adelaide Oval|
|Third Test:||December 14-18||WACA|
|Fourth Test:||December 26-30||MCG|
|Fifth Test:||January 4-8||SCG|
Ashes betting and popular markets
The most popular betting markets for the Ashes are the ones centred around the heroes of the series.
Who will take the most wickets?
Who will make the most runs?
Who will be crowned player of the series?
Most wickets betting:
Punters are able to bet on who will take the most wickets for the entire five-test series, or in individual matches.
When betting on the entire series, it’s best to focus on the frontline bowlers – players who you are sure will play every match in the series, giving you the best chance to compile the scalps you need.
When looking at individual markets, there are some things to consider – does the pitch traditionally suit pace, swing bowling or spin? Does your preferred player have a good record at that ground and against that opposition? In cricket, more than most sports, history has a habit of repeating itself, so look towards statistical trends and you will find value in betting.
Our tip for the most wickets for the 2017/18 Ashes series is Mitchell Starc, who is paying +200 at WilliamHill.com given England’s worries with pace and its complete inability to deal with Mitchell Johnson when they last toured Australia in 2013/14.
Most Runs betting:
Betting on most runs for an individual test match and for the entire series can be two different challenges when trying to find value.
Players with the opportunity to spend more time at the crease – those batting in the top five – will be shorter in betting.
When betting on individual matches, there is an opportunity to find value lower down the order. For example, on a quick, seaming wicket, the top order may be vulnerable to losing early wickets with a new ball, which then places responsibility on middle and lower order batsmen to contribute with the bat. This is how you find value in the market – if you think a team is susceptible to early wickets, you can make money.
When looking at most runs for the series, stick with the superstars over the course of the Ashes. Australian captain Steve Smith is our tip for most runs – because he has a knack of doing it every summer at home on pitches that are becoming more and more favourable to batsmen. Smith is paying +300 at WilliamHill to lead all run-scorers for the Ashes.
Player of the match and series betting:
At the risk of repeating ourselves, we’ll say it again – in cricket, history is a great guide for betting.
Keep this in mind when betting on player of the match during the Ashes. Which players have a habit of making runs on which grounds? Which bowlers dominate on certain wickets? Can Nathan Lyon dominate on a spin-friendly Sydney pitch? Will David Warner again feast on a flat WACA deck? Can Stuart Broad get a bag of scalps in Brisbane like he’s done on his last two visits?
Man of the match awards will go the way of stats – most runs and most wickets. Australia does not have an all-rounder who is capable of doing both, but England does. Keep a close eye on Ben Stokes – the English all-rounder is capable of changing the game with bat and ball and could be value in this market.
For man of the series betting, it’s all about consistent performances across the five matches. Who can be the match-winner? Who will dominate with the bat? In this market, look for the front line players – those with the chance to bowl the most overs and spend the most time in the middle. Our tip is Australian captain Steve Smith – a mountain of runs will get the job done at the price of +550 at WilliamHill.
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Why is it called the Ashes?
England first played Australia in a test series in 1882 – it was during that first series, which England won 2-1, that the term ‘Ashes’ was born.
A British newspaper called The Sporting Times published a now-famous obituary after Australia’s first-ever win on English soil, stating “English cricket had died and the body will be cremated and the ashes taken to Australia”.
A bit dramatic, considering England still won the series, but the term certainly stuck with both nations and before long, an ‘official’ Ashes urn was established – an urn which is said to contain the remains of a cricket bail that still remain in the Museum of the Lords cricket ground in England today.
Australians, having been offended that England mourned a single loss to them so deeply, have taken personal pride ever since in making England pay for the jibe.
The greatest rivalry the sport has ever seen was inevitable.
England, the mother country and inventor of the game, taking on Australia, its famous prison colony, filled with convicts and trouble-makers.
A series played with so much passion, inspiring cricket lovers right around the world, has been played every atleast every two years for the last 135 years.
The 2017/18 Ashes series will be the 70th played between the two nations with each team having won 32 series each, with five drawn.
Australia has the edge in individual Ashes Tests won. The baggy green men have won 130 Ashes Tests while England has won 106. 89 matches have been drawn.
England are the current holders of the Ashes.
Greatest Ashes moments of all time
Many regard the Ashes as the greatest rivalry in all of sport, let alone cricket. Class wars, diplomatic strife and 130-odds years of change have given the series a weight of cultural importance that few (if any) sporting contests can match.
It also means the highlights live long and happily in the memory, while the lowlights can be as bitter and heartbreaking as a death in the family. The birth of the Ashes, the rise and rise of Don Bradman, the Bodyline scandal, the swashbuckling heroics of Ian Botham, the Aussie golden era – these are some of the biggest moments in cricket history.
Ashes history and results
|Year||Venue||Result||Player of the Series|
|1981||England||England 3-1||Ian Botham|
|1982/83||Australia||Australia 2-1||Geoff Lawson|
|1985||England||England 3-1||David Gower|
|1986/87||Australia||England 2-1||Chris Broad|
|1989||England||Australia 4-0||Terry Alderman (Australia), Jack Russell (England)|
|1990/91||Australia||Australia 3-0||Bruce Reid (Australia)|
|1993||England||Australia 4-1||Graham Gooch (England), Shane Warne (Australia)|
|1994/95||Australia||Australia 3-1||Craig McDermott (Australia)|
|1997||England||Australia 3-2||Glenn McGrath (Australia), Graham Thorpe (England)|
|1998/99||Australia||Australia 3-1||Steve Waugh (Australia)|
|2001||England||Australia 4-1||Mark Butcher (England), Glenn McGrath (Australia)|
|2002/03||Australia||Australia 4-1||Michael Vaughn (England)|
|2005||England||England 2-1||Andrew Flintoff (England), Shane Warne (Australia)|
|2006/07||Australia||Australia 5-0||Ricky Ponting (Australia)|
|2009||England||England 2-1||Michael Clarke (Australia), Andrew Strauss (England)|
|2010/11||Australia||England 3-1||Alastair Cook (England)|
|2013||England||England 3-0||Ian Bell (England), Ryan Harris (Australia)|
|2013/14||Australia||Australia 5-0||Mitchell Johnson (Australia)|
|2015||England||England 3-2||Chris Rodgers (Australia), Joe Root (England)|