The Ashes 2019 - Series Preview
Fresh off a World Cup win in One Day Cricket England will look to take their form into test format when they face Australia in the Ashes. Australia are the current holders of the urn after reclaiming the trophy on home soil in January 2018 with a 4-0 victory. However, due to revelations of ball tampering from the Australians in March 2018, their dominating victory raised the issue of fair play. But with the two sides as evenly matched as ever before, this year could be the most entertaining Ashes yet.
Dates to Remember
1st test - 1st-5th August (11:00 BST) - Edgbaston, Birmingham
2nd test - 14th-18th August (11:00 BST) - Lord’s, London
3rd test - 22nd - 26th August (11:00 BST) - Headingley, Leeds
4th test - 4th-8th September (11:00 BST) - Old Trafford, Manchester
5th test - 12th-16th September (11:00 BST) - The Oval, London
5 Boundary bets for the series
Test match cricket is a format that both England and Australia are lowest ranked in, ranking 4th and 5th respectively. Australia have only won one test series since defeating England in their last Ashes encounter which was a 2-0 victory over Sri Lanka in January.
TIP: England to win the Ashes 2-1 - 12/1
Unfortunately, July seems to have taken the years worth of good British Weather and if the forecast for the first week of August is anything to go by, we likely won’t have a winner in all five games. If three games go ahead, we can see England edging the series 2-1 as part of our Cricket betting preview.
Australia have so many great batsmen that realistically any one of five players could be their top scorer. In this case, we’ve gone for Bancroft, arguably the most in-form batsman he has a point to prove, and this could spell danger for England.
It’s hard to see past Mitchell Starc for Australia’s top bowler after his fantastic World Cup. However, Cummins was the player of the series in Australia’s last test and is coming off a decent World Cup himself which makes him good value at 5/2.
With James Anderson carrying a knock, we can see this Ashes test being the first moment where the greatest ever England bowler plays alongside his future predecessor.
Definitely not the favourite for this one but if England bat half as poorly against Australia as they did against Ireland, literally, anyone could be their top batsman. After the Ireland test, it looks like Sam Curran is only growing in confidence with the bat, meaning that he’s a good outside bet for this one.
The Ashes as a tournament is one of the most equal competitions in the history of Sport. Australia historically have won the urn just one more time than England as it currently stands Australia 33-32 England with the other 5 series drawn, as the competition is based in England this year it will be interesting to see if England can tie things up on home soil.
The 2017/18 Ashes series was an interesting and even affair - for about three days. After both sides had batted their first innings, Australia were up by 26 runs, and it looked like England could be the first team to win at the Gabba since 1988. But then disaster struck after lunch on day four, Joe Root had just been bowled out by Josh Hazlewood and England needed to recover. However, they lost their last six wickets for a grand total of 82 runs, and Australia went on to win by ten wickets.
Australia also dominated the first innings of the second test and led by 215 runs before batting the second innings, England gave themselves hope by dismissing the Aussies for 138, but ultimately fell short after a Mitchell Starc masterclass. Starc repeated this form in the third test dismissing four England batsmen for 91 in the first innings as England went on to hit 403, something which only seemed to anger the Aussies and more importantly - Steve Smith. Smith went on to score 239 from 399 balls as Australia declared on 662. England had already lost the series.
England were perhaps unlucky to come away with just a draw in the 4th test, Stuart Broad put Australia on the ropes with a nice 4/51 before Alastair Cook smashed England in-front with an empathic 244 runs. It looked like England might have stood a chance of picking up a late win. However, a mixture of rain and Steve Smith ensured that England would not get the chance to bat again and the game would ultimately end in a draw. Australia then defeated England’s with an incredible innings and a 123 run win in the final test.
The last Ashes series in England saw the hosts reclaim the urn after being embarrassed in a 5-0 defeat in Australia back in November 2013. After two tests the tournament was perfectly poised with England claiming a 169 run victory in Cardiff thanks to an expert performance from Joe Root, but it wasn’t long before Australia destroyed England at Lord’s thanks to a double century by Steve Smith.
Australia started the third test slowly and were 72/3 at lunch, but a clinical bowling performance from James Anderson saw Australia all out for 136. England also started slowly and were 190/7 before Moeen Ali and Stuart Broad ensured England would have a healthy lead going into the second innings. It then looked all but over for the Aussies when a devastating spell from Steven Finn reduced Australia to 92/5, but David Warner gave Australia a slightly more respectable score with a 77 to take them up to 265. However, England easily won by 8 wickets despite losing both openers early.
The fourth test was written into the history books, but for the wrong reasons if you’re an Australian fan. Stuart Broad wreaked havoc on the Australian batting lineup with a score of 8/15 from 9 overs, leaving the visitors with just 60 runs from their first innings. Starc led the comeback for Australia with 6/111, but in the end England’s bowling line-up was too strong and, England had reclaimed the Ashes with one test remaining. Australia, however, did retain some dignity from the series by defeating England by an innings and 46 runs in the final test.
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