Ashes Tips

- 11:08, 24th August 2015

England regained the Ashes with an emphatic innings victory at Trent Bridge in the fourth Test but they’ll want to end the series on a high with victory at the Oval. Australia will also be desperate for a win to give them confidence heading into the ODI series. Tom Powell has two tips to share…

England v Australia 5th Test (Thurs, 11:00, Sky Sports 2)

David Warner Top Australian Batsman @ 7/2 – BET NOW

Stuart Broad Top England Bowler @ 11/4 – BET NOW

I was tempted to back Australia to bring some respectability to the series’ scoreline but after their performances in the last two Tests it’s hard to build much of a case for them, therefore I’m leaving the match betting alone.

Instead I like the look of David Warner to top score for the tourists at a best price 7/2. The opener is yet to reach three figures in the series but has made some decent totals with a best score of 83 and three other half-centuries to his name. Ahead of him in the run-scoring stakes are Chris Rodgers and Steve Smith though the bulk of their runs came in the first innings at Lord’s with Smith in particular lacking form.

Elsewhere, it’s hard to ignore Stuart Broad’s price of 11/4 on him being England’s top bowler after his antics at Trent Bridge in the fourth Test. Broad helped himself to eight Australian wickets in the first innings and two in the second to pick up the man of the match award, it also ensured he went into this final Test as the series’ top wicket taker with 21, three more than Mitchell Starc and more than twice as many as the closest Englishman. His main danger is arguably the returning James Anderson, though the 32-year old is coming back from injury and isn’t even guaranteed to play with England possibly opting to stick with the team that one so well in Nottingham.

Ashes Outright Betting Tips:

England Draw No Bet @ 3/1 – WON
Joe Root Top England Batsman @ 3/1 – BET NOW (Now 4/11) 
Adam Voges Top Australia Batsman @ 12/1 – BET NOW (Now 500/1)

First of all, the series betting itself. Australia are a best price 2/5 to win this summer’s Ashes series which looks much too short a price and while England are probably too big a gamble at 15/4, I’d certainly look to back them in the draw no bet market at a best price 3/1.

The drawn series with New Zealand may not have resulted in the win that England wanted but it showed plenty of signs that England were returning to some sort of form in the five-day game. The batting order looks solid and it bats long, although one or two players (Balance and Bell in particular) are out of form they have scored plenty of Test runs to suggest they can rekindle that form again easily.

The chance to play some white-ball cricket before the Ashes will certainly help. Yes, Australia’s side is decent but it’s a side England know well and will have a plan for. England have the conditions and crowd on their side and this series looks much more even than the odds suggest.

My second selection is for in-form Joe Root to top score for England in the series. The vice-captain can do little wrong at the moment, scoring plenty of runs in all forms of the game and he clearly favours home soil with five of his six Test centuries coming in England. The Aussies have plenty of bounce to their bowling which favours Root’s back foot game and he’s rarely rattled by bullying tactics so he looks good value to top score.

I also like Adam Voges at a massive 12/1 to go well for the tourists. Voges has played just one Test for Australia but did manage 130 not out in that match against the West Indies. England will have a clear plan for most of the Aussie batsmen given the personnel hasn’t changed much but Voges is an unknown quantity and bats aggressively which could give him some joy throughout the summer.

Despite my selection in this match, check out my ‘Top 5 reasons England can win the Ashes’ piece here. For all the latest odds and tips visit easyodds’ dedicated Ashes centre.