The most awaited 2017/18 Ashes series between Australia and England has finally begun today at the Gabba in Brisbane. The historic battle of cricket dates back to 1882 – some 135 years.
Leading South African bookmakers BET.co.za are backing hosts Australia 13/20 to go 1-0 up in the five-Test series. While the odds of England winning the first test stand at 51/20; the draw is on offer at 71/20. In case of an Australian victory, odds of Steve Smith, David Warner and Mitchell Starc winning man of the match are all on offer at an attractive 7/1.
Down under is a stiff proposition for Englishmen who have just three of the last 10 series under their belt - a stat which makes odds 10-3 and 7-2 appear Betfair Exchange.
According to the Oddschecker, the odds of Australia winning the series is 2/5 while England is placed at 7/2 to triumph in Australia. The odds of Steve Smith, David Warner and Joe Root scoring the most runs in the series are 6/4, 15/8 and 13/8, respectively. Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazelwood and James Anderson are top three bowling picks to get most wickets in the series, with odds of 5/4, 9/4 and 7/4 respectively.
According to Sportsbet and Bet365, the odds offered on a clean sweep is currently $9, and it is the same for 4-0 result. England, with $81 odds, is given little to no chance of winning by 5-0 margin.
This will be the 70th series played between the two nations. The head-to-head of overall series results in the 69 played series to date is tied at 32 wins apiece with five drawn series. The head-to-head of test wins in Ashes Tests stands at 130 wins for Australia, 106 for England, with 89 matches ending in a draw. England had triumphed in the last series in 2015, defeating Australia 3-2 on home soil.