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Ashes’ averages plus England’s superiority point to 3-1 win

| 10.11.2013

We’ve ‘done the math’ for England’s upcoming Ashes series in Australia just so you don’t have to folks and the abacus has told us the tourists will retain the urn in style, by taking it 3-1 for the second time in a row Down Under.

Seatbelts were made compulsory in the Australian state of Victoria and there was a Papal visit from Pope Paul VI, the last time the Aussie cricket team failed to register at least one Test win against a touring England side in the Ashes.

The year was 1970 and in a best-of-six match series which crossed into 1971, the Aussies were fairly thrashed 4-0, with two matches drawn.

However, since that Ashes low ebb for the next hosts of this unmatched cricketing rivalry, the Aussies have not failed in registering at least one victory in the proceeding 10 series on their own soil.

In fact, as you’d imagine, the Australians have gone on to win many more home Ashes Test matches than the tourists in that time; averaging just shy of three per series.

But, in the three series they have lost to England – including the last time they hosted the Ashes – Australia have only posted a single win.

And when you consider that the average amount of drawn Tests in Australia-hosted Ashes series is exactly one also, then the argument for another 3-1 triumph for England really does take shape, a scoreline which can be backed at juicy 7/1 with Ladbrokes.

Make no bones about it, England are definitely the better side in this equation, though Australia surprised a few this summer with their efforts and if it hadn’t been for the infamous British weather would have walked away with a 3-1 series defeat and not a 3-0.

Just to round off the theory, eight of the last 10 series in Australia have ended with one or other side recording a single Test match victory.

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Christian Crowther

Give Christian a sport with anything remotely spherical in it and he’ll happily while away the hours watching it on the box. However, he’d much prefer writing about, playing or betting on golf, football, cricket, tennis, snooker.... you get the picture.