Ashes betting: Whitewash on cards for rampant Aussies
Ashes cricket betting odds suggests Aussie whitewash
An Australia whitewash is now the most likely outcome in the Ashes betting following England’s 275-run defeat in the second Test in Adelaide.
Jos Buttler made 26 runs from 207 balls only to tread on his stumps in the final floodlit session with just 24 overs remaining.
Buttler’s exit left old-stagers Stuart Broad and James Anderson as the last men standing, with the latter fending Jhye Richardson to gully to leave England 2-0 down in the series ahead of the third Test in Melbourne which starts on Boxing Day.
A brave fight on the final day but Australia win the second Test to take a 2-0 series lead.
— England Cricket (@englandcricket) December 20, 2021
Steve Smith captained the Australia side in the absence of Pat Cummins, who had to self-isolate for seven days having come into close contact with a positive Covid-19 case.
Smith said: “It’s been an enjoyable week leading this team in Pat’s absence and carrying on what we started last week at The Gabba.
“I didn’t have a lot of notice, I only found out that first morning when I had two missed calls from Pat and a message from JL (head coach Justin Langer). I thought ‘gee, something is going on here’.
“It brought back some old memories in a way and I had fun out there, but it’s Patty’s team.
“I’m the vice-captain and I will help him any way I can. That’s my job. Hopefully we can keep the momentum going into what should be an amazing Boxing Day Test.”
Australia have the top five individual scores of the series, including the only two centuries. Captain Joe Root and Dawid Malan have both made two half-centuries apiece without converting and there is a conspicuous lack of support elsewhere.
Root said: “With the bat, we have got the ability. I don’t think that Australia are that much better in these conditions as the scoreline suggests.
“I’m convinced we’ve got what we need to win Test matches over here but we’re not going to if we keep missing chances and don’t give ourselves an opportunity to get into the Test match with the bat.
“We’ve got to find ways of building those partnerships, getting in, making big contributions, That’s something we’ll have to do very well at Melbourne. I was absolutely gutted to get out last night. I should have been able to turn up today, put the pads on and lead by example, so I’m bitterly disappointed in myself.”
Only one team has fought back from losing the first two Tests to win the urn and that occurred in the 1936-37 series when Australia legend Sir Donald Bradman made 810 runs at an average of 90.
England are priced at 25/1 in the Ashes betting to cause a massive upset while the Aussies are just 1/50 to win the series.
The most likely scenario is Australia to post a 5-0 victory at 7/4, just like they did eight years ago which was only the third Ashes whitewash in history.
Elsewhere in the Ashes betting, it’s 10/3 apiece for Australia to win 4-0 and 4-1.
Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: “Things look set to go from bad to worse for England Down Under, with the worst-case scenario now being the most likely outcome as far as the odds are concerned.”
Australia – 1/50
Draw – 16/1
England – 25/1
Series Correct Score
Australia 5-0 – 7/4
Australia 4-0 – 10/3
Australia 4-1 – 10/3
Australia 3-1 – 7/1
Australia 3-2 – 10/1
Draw 2-2 – 16/1
Australia 3-0 – 20/1
England 3-2 – 25/1
Australia 2-0 – 50/1
Australia 2-1 – 50/1
England 4-1 – 80/1
All odds and markets correct as of date of publication