The most famous Test series in cricket gets underway this December, as Australia and England battle it out Down Under for the Ashes.

Australia currently have the little urn in their possession, after a 2-2 draw in England in 2019, and having won the last series in Australia 4-0 back in 2017-18.

Neither team is at their strongest in the five-day format, but there are fireworks guaranteed on the pitch when these two old rivals meet.

The Ashes Betting Odds

 

Being on home soil, Australia are strong 1/3 favourites to win the five-match series, with England available at 9/2 and the draw can be backed at 8/1.

Australia are as short as 1/7 to retain the Ashes, which they can do by drawing the series - which starts on December 8.

England Ashes Squad

The tourists have named their 17-man squad for this winter's series, with the traveling party including 10 players that have never played a Test match in Australia.

Joe Root will once again captain the side but he won't be able to call upon one of his main bowling weapons, with pace ace Jofra Archer missing through injury.

England have been boosted by the news though that all-rounder Ben Stokes is set to travel with the squad, having made a full recovery from a finger injury.

Despite suffering a torn calf muscle in the summer, Stuart Broad is included with the 35-year-old set to feature in what will be his fourth Ashes tour.

The selectors have decided to select just two full-time spinners, in Dom Bess and Jack Leach, with skipper Root offering a part-time bowling option.

England squad: Joe Root (captain), James Anderson, Jonny Bairstow, Dom Bess, Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler, Zak Crawley, Haseeb Hameed, Dan Lawrence, Jack Leach, Dawid Malan, Craig Overton, Ollie Pope, Ollie Robinson, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood.

Australia Ashes Squad

The home side have yet to confirm their squad for the series, but are due to play an inter-squad match in early December before selecting their final party.

Despite undergoing surgery on a nerve issue in his neck, Tim Paine is expected to captain and keep wicket for the Baggy Greens.

Former skipper Steve Smith is likely to be the key man though, having been integral to the Aussies' retaining the Ashes in England.

The 32-year-old accumulated 774 runs over four Tests, at an average of over 110, while Marnus Labuschagne also established himself as a quality middle-order batsman.

With James Pattinson announcing his international retirement, there are some bowling decisions to be made by the Australian selectors, as they mull over who teams up with Josh Hazlewood and Mitchell Starc.

The Ashes Locations

As is always the case, the Gabba will be the venue for the opening Test - with the two teams battling it out in Brisbane from Dec 8 to 12.

The second Test will be take place at the Adelaide Oval, between December 16 and 20 before the famous Boxing Day Test at the MCG. A big crowd will be expected at the iconic Melbourne ground, from December 26 to 30.

As we head into 2022, Sydney is the venue for the fourth Test with the action taking place at the SCG from January 5-9.

The fifth and final Test takes place between January 14 and 18, with Perth hosting the two teams.

The Ashes Prediction

Australia to win - BET NOW

It's hard to see anything other than an Australia series victory, despite the fact that the two teams look pretty even on paper.

The conditions Down Under can often play a key role and England's lack of experience of playing in Australia is a major concern.

Brisbane is often key to a series with Australia more often than not, picking up a win at the Gabba. If England can escape without defeat in Brisbane, that will give them real hope.

If the tourists are to have a chance of wrestling back the urn, they will need both Joe Root and Ben Stokes to have a big series.

The Ashes 2021/22 Betting Tips

1. Australia to win - BET NOW

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