Betting on The Ashes

The Ashes is a Test series that is played between Australia and England every two years. It is one of the biggest rivalries in cricket, and if you want to find out all that you could possibly want to know about betting on the Ashes and the 2023 series, keep on reading.

Ashes Betting Odds 2023

Winning the Ashes

Result Ashes Betting Odds Bet
England to Win 11/10
Australia to Win 5/4
Draw 5/1

Ashes Series Score

Result Ashes Betting Odds Bet
England 3-2 5/1
Australia 3-2 6/1
England 3-1 13/2
Australia 3-1 17/2
England 2-1 14/1 Australia 2-1 16/1

Ashes Series Top Batsman

Batsman Ashes Betting Odds Bet
Steve Smith 100/30
Joe Root 100/30
Marnus Labuschagne 7/2
David Warner 14/1
Harry Brook 9/1
Usman Khawaja 12/1

Ashes Series Top Bowler

Bowler Ashes Betting Odds Bet
Pat Cummins 7/2
Josh Hazlewood 9/1
Nathan Lyon 9/1
James Anderson 7/1
Ollie Robinson 5/1
Mark Wood 6/1

*Prediction odds are from Betway as of today May 2024

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Ashes Predictions for 2023

The Ashes will take place over five Test Matches scheduled between the middle of June and the end of July. We will have match predictions for each of these tests, all listed below:

The Ashes - 1st Test Match Prediction - Australia vs EnglandAshes - 1st Test Match Prediction: Who Will Win - Australia or England?
The Ashes - 2nd Test Match Prediction - Australia vs EnglandAshes - 2nd Test Match Prediction: Will Australia get another win or can England level the playing field?
The Ashes - 3rd Test Match Prediction - Australia vs EnglandAshes - 3rd Test Match Prediction: Who Will Win - Australia or England?
The Ashes – 4th Test Match Prediction – Australia vs EnglandAshes - 4th Test Match Prediction: Will Australia Beat England Again?

When was the First Ashes Test Match?

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It was the end of the year 1882 when England first toured Australia after having lost their first test to them. Therefore, the very first Ashes series is said to have occurred during the 1882-83 cricket season. The tour got off to a bad start for England as they lost the first test by nine wickets, but they were victorious in the next two tests and won the Ashes back thanks to a 2-1 scoreline.

England did play a fourth test against a United Australian side, but this match was not considered as part of the series. It was counted as an official test, but not as part of the Ashes. Which, for England, was just as well as a strong Australian side, went on to win the game.

The legendary Australian batsman, Donald George Bradman, scored 5028 runs in the Ashes, spanning a period from 1928-48. He scored 19 centuries and 12 half-centuries at an average of 89.78. To this day, he is the highest runscorer in the Ashes. He also holds the record for most runs in a series - he scored 974 runs in the 1930 series. England's Len Hutton scored 364 runs on the 20th August 1938. This is the highest score ever scored in an Ashes test match.

Australia's Sydney Gregory holds the Ashes record for most ducks. In 52 matches, he was out for zero no fewer than eleven times. Australian bowler Shane Warne picked up 195 wickets from 36 Ashes matches, making him the bowler with the most wickets in the Ashes. England's Jim Laker picked up 10 wickets for 53 runs in one innings during an Ashes test match that began on the 26th July, 1956. These innings bowling figures are yet to be beaten. He had already picked up 9 wickets for 37 runs in the first innings, giving him match figures of 19 wickets for 90 runs. These are the best match figures in Ashes history.

Australian bowler Chuck Fleetwood-Smith conceded 298 runs and picked up just one wicket during the first innings of a 1938 Ashes test. These are the most runs ever conceded by a bowler in one Ashes innings. However, in his defence, he did bowl 87 overs, so only conceded 3.42 Australian wicket-keeper Ian Healy dismissed 135 batsmen (123 catches and 12 stumpings) in 33 matches. This is the greatest number of dismissals by a wicket-keeper in Ashes history. Sir Ian Botham took 54 catches in 32 matches, which is the most by any fielder in Ashes history.

The Format of the Ashes Series

As this is simply test cricket between two nations, the format used has been the same since the first Ashes test back in 1882. Each team gets to bat and bowl twice, with who bats first being determined by the captain that wins the coin toss. The batting team's innings comes to an end when ten of their eleven players are out or if the captain declares because he believes his team has enough runs to win the game. Other ways that an innings ends is if the team that is batting fourth scores the required runs to win the game, or if the time runs out.

If the team that bats second has a deficit of more than 200 runs, then the captain of the opposing side can force them to bat again right away. This is known as a follow-on and means that the team that batted first will then bat fourth instead of third (if the team following-on manages to overtake their opponent's first innings score, of course). A team that is forced to follow-on rarely ends up winning. Nowadays, all test matches are played over a five-day period, but they used to be played over three or four days. Furthermore, from 1877 to 1939, there was no time limit in tests, meaning that the game was played until there was an outright winner. These are now known as Timeless Tests, with the longest one on record being played between South Africa and England in 1939. This match was played over nine days but was abandoned, despite England only needing 41 runs to win as they would have missed their boat home.

"Ashes series have mostly been played as best out of five, but two have been played as best out of four and eight have been played as best out of six."

When Has Each Team Won the Urn?

Since the Ashes began, there have been 72 test series between Australia and England. The first table below shows how many times both teams have won the series, while the second table reveals how many tests matches each team has won against the other.

Team Series Won
England 32
Australia 34

* There have been six drawn series between these two sides.

Team Tests Won
England 110
Australia 150

* These two sides have played 356 Ashes tests between them, meaning that 96 test matches have been drawn. The most recent draw was the Specsavers Ashes series that took place in August and September of 2019 that finished in a 2-2 draw. It will be remembered for some heroic batting from Ben Stokes and Steve Smith. England fans will also always remember Stuart Broad, in the absence of James Anderson due to injury, leading England’s bowling attack and getting David Warner out seven out of ten times.

Information about the Women’s Ashes

People generally think that women's cricket hasn't been around for that long, but the first women's test match between England and Australia was played way back in 1934. However, matches between these two sides didn't officially become known as the "Women's Ashes" until 1998. Right up until 2013, series were decided on test matches alone, but now the Women's Ashes consists of one test match, three ODIs, and three T20s. Four points are awarded to the team that wins the test match, while two points are awarded to the winners of each limited-overs match. The team that accumulates the most points wins the urn. 23 Women's Ashes series have been played, with Australia having won 9 of them and England 6. The other 8 series ended up as draws. Charlotte Edwards is the leading runscorer with 1534 runs, while Ellyse Perry has taken the most wickets (64).

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