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Bet on Australia to win the Ashes series on their home turf

| 01.11.2010

With top wicket-taker and runscorer markets, there are plenty of betting opportunities to be had on the Australian team.

Ricky Ponting, Captain – Ponting has featured in 31 Ashes Tests, 15 as captain and averages 48.22 against England.

Michael Clarke, Vice-Captain – Relishes Tests against England with over 1000 runs in 15 matches averaging 55.80 – 5/1 to be Australia’s top series runscorer.

Doug Bollinger4/1 to be Australia’s leading wicket-taker despite the England openers never facing him.

Peter George – Of the Glenn McGrath mould, has featured in just one Test against India taking the wicket of Tendulkar.

Brad Haddin – The wicket-keeper has been out injured and faces a fight for his Test place with Paine, but there’s no doubting his ability.

Nathan Hauritz – Leading spin bowler has taken 10 wickets in three matches against England and is 6/1 to be the top Australian series wicket-taker.

Ben Hilfenhaus – Inconsistent seamer but has 22 wickets in five Tests against England.

Phillip Hughes – Has faced England but the young opener will only feature if injury hampers Katich or Watson.

Michael Hussey – Nicknamed Mr Cricket, Hussey averages over 56.46 when playing England and is a big danger.

Mitchell Johnson – Australia’s main threat with the ball and has taken 20 wickets in five matches against England.

Simon Katich – The left hander only averages 35.44 runs against England compared to his usual 45.96.

Marcus North – Lower-order batsman who knows how to find the boundary, averaging 52.42 in five Tests against England.

Tim Paine – Has impressed hugely in Haddin’s absence and can consider himself unlucky if he doesn’t start the first Test.

Peter Siddle – Plenty of chat and ability to back it up. Siddle will frighten England openers on his home turf.

Steven Smith – Exciting young all-rounder who is likely to feature more in the one-day series than the Test series.

Shane Watson –Watson has already scored 240 runs in five Tests against England and is 4/1 to be Australia’s top series runscorer.

Australia are 8/11 to win the Ashes. See the full Ashes betting odds here.



Robbie Morris

Robbie studied sports journalism at the University of Gloucestershire, an establishment chosen for its proximity to Cheltenham racecourse, where he was a season ticket holder. Upon graduation, Robbie was a contributor to GolfPunk, a national magazine aimed at ridding golf of its traditionalist image, before joining the news.ladbrokes team.