About Ashes Betting

The Ashes, played every two years between England and Australia, is the most important contest in the Test cricket arena

The Ashes, played every two years between England and Australia, is the most important contest in the Test cricket arena and there’s always plenty of Ashes betting based on the popularity and media attention given to it. The most popular Ashes betting market is who will the Series or whether it will be a drawn series.

Played since 1882-83 every two years- taking turns between taking place in England and Australia- it’s now played over five Tests whereas in the past it was sometimes played over six or seven Tests. Australia are currently ahead both in terms of Tests won with 134 to England’s 106. There have been 90 draws. Australia are also ahead on Series wins with 33 in their favour trumping England’s 32; five series have been drawn.

In Australia the Test matches tend to take place at the same five cities- Adelaide, Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Perth whereas in England it tends to vary. Two of them are normally played in London- at Lord’s and The Oval – with other grounds hosting the Ashes including Trent Bridge (Nottingham), Headingley (Leeds), Old Trafford (Manchester) and Edgbaston (Birmingham). In the 2009 edition, Cardiff hosted an Ashes Test for the first time ever.

The Ashes is perfect for Ashes betting. Sportsbooks offer Ashes betting on who will win the Series, each individual Test match, who will be the Series top batsman for each team, Series top bowler for each team and other markets such as what the final series score will be.

The biggest Ashes betting upset of recent times was when England won the 2005 edition on home soil. Going in 3/1 outsiders against a brilliant Australian side featuring the likes of Shane Warne, Ricky Ponting, Glenn McGrath, Matthew Hayden and Adam Gilchrist, the hosts’ victory was all the more surprising because they convincingly lost the 1st Test.

The Second Test at Edgbaston provide done of the most memorable Test matches ever with England winning by just three runs. Among England’s heroes of that series were skipper Michael Vaughan, Andrew Flintoff, Kevin Pietersen in his first-ever Test series, Marcus Trescothick and Steve Harmison.

The Ashes are littered with famous Tests, unlikely heroes (David Steele, Monty Panesar, Chris Rodgers) some far more likely heroes (Shane Warne, Ian Botham, Sir Don Bradman, Glenn McGrath, Dennis Lillee and David Gower) but it’s never dull.

Betting Maestro has plenty of Ashes betting tips including which players to look out for and which provide good betting opportunities on the top batsman and top bowler betting markets.