The Ashes: Expert Tips and Previews

Welcome to the Betfair Hub’s official page for the 2021-22 Ashes series between Australia and England.

You will find expert tips and previews for the entire series plus each individual Test match right here.

Full markets for the Ashes are available now on the Betfair Exchange. Play your way this cricket season!

The Ashes Series – Head to Head Market


THE ASHES 2021-22 | SERIES PREVIEW

One of the fiercest rivalries in world sport resumes this summer with Australia looking to retain the coveted Ashes urn on home soil against a beleaguered English side.

Starting at the hosts’ traditional fortress of the Gabba, the five-match series holds special significance for both teams with the Aussies unable to overcome an understrength Indian side last summer, while for England an unlikely series victory would go a long way towards erasing the pain of their previous two tours down under which have yielded nine losses from ten tests.


AUSTRALIA

It’s been 11 months since the home side last played a test match, however their side has a familiar feel to the one that was shocked by India last year. Within the squad there are generational talents such as new skipper Pat Cummins, fellow quick Josh Hazlewood and eccentric but prolific batsmen Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschagne. Pugnacious opener David Warner and seasoned off-spinner Nathan Lyon both boast enviable records despite some signs that they may be on the decline.

However, whether the Aussies can truly dominate this series may well depend on those at the fringes, such as fledgling all-rounder Cameron Green and misfiring left-armer Mitchell Starc, who could struggle to retain his place ahead of impressive youngster Jhye Richardson. That’s not to mention the baptism of fire facing either Alex Carey or Josh Inglis who will take over the wicket-keeping duties from ousted captain Tim Paine, who ultimately decided that the furore surrounding his off-field issues was going to prove too much of a distraction both for himself and the team.

ENGLAND

The visitors may not boast the depth of talent that their opposition does, however they do have proven match-winners in captain Joe Root, star all-rounder Ben Stokes and indefatigable paceman Jimmy Anderson. There’s no doubt that if the Three Lions are to give the series a shake then Root and Stokes will both need to score plenty of runs, however they won’t be able to do it all on their own. They will look to middle-order paid Dawid Malan and Jonny Bairstow, both of whom hit centuries on the last tour to Australia.

Amongst the bowling group Anderson and fellow veteran Stuart Broad are certainly familiar with the conditions they will face, though without a lot of success over the years it seems likely that England will require the likes of Ollie Robinson and Mark Wood to make an impact on their first tour Down Under.


AUSTRALIA PLAYER TO WATCH: PAT CUMMINS

  • Has become the first ever full-time Australian test captain to be a fast bowler.
  • Has averaged 20 or less with the ball in four of his past five test series’.
  • However, batting has fallen away – after averaging 20.68 with the bat from his first 33 test innings, he has averaged only 8.60 in his past 17 test innings.

ENGLAND PLAYER TO WATCH: JOE ROOT

  • Has been England’s highest run-scorer in three of their past four test series’, outscoring his nearest teammate by an aggregate of 976 runs.
  • However, has yet to score a century in Australia from 17 innings.
  • As captain has won only three of eight test series’ away from home.

TOP SERIES RUNSCORER

It’s very difficult to see any English player outside of Root scoring the most runs across both sides. However, given his questionable record in Australia we’d need a bigger price before getting with the English skipper. Smith and Labuschagne are the natural favourites for the Aussies, however the value appears to be with a resurgent Warner who will have gained plenty of confidence from being named player of the tournament in the T20 World Cup. It’s worth noting that over the past two Australians summers he’s actually scored 286 runs more than Smith from two less matches.

TOP SERIES WICKET TAKER

This market is far more open given the likelihood of both sides to rotate their quicks – a policy that has been adopted by the visitors for some time now.

Nevertheless 39-year-old Jimmy Anderson has played more tests this year for England than anyone else bar Root, so it should come as no surprise that he is their leading wicket-taker. That said, much like his captain, an underwhelming record on these shores doesn’t lend itself to a lot of confidence. We’re yet to see how the extra burden of leadership may impact Australia’s Golden Boy Cummins, however any such position at least guarantees his place in the side and with his incredible recent record he’s the man we’ll be backing.


SERIES VERDICT

Australia are deserved favourites, though a lack of test cricket over the past year and last summer’s slip-up to India makes their outright price unappealing.

England’s own record in recent times isn’t anything to write home about but what is notable is that they’ve managed a draw in five of their past nine test series’, so we think there’s some value in a repeat of the 4-0 scoreline we saw four years prior.

BETTING STRATEGY

BACK – David Warner – Top Series Runscorer at $6.50+ for 1 unit

BACK – Pat Cummins – Top Series Wicket Taker at $4.00+ for 1 unit

BACK – Series Scores – Australia 4-0 at $8.00+ for 0.5 units


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