The Ashes - England vs. Australia: 10 Vital Statistics For The First Test


10. England have won just two of their five Test matches this year, beating the West Indies and New Zealand once apiece. They are 4.10 to beat Australia in Cardiff.

9. England’s recent home record is more favourable, however. Alastair Cook’s men have won four of their last five home Tests, having gone four home matches without victory prior to that run. They are 1.86 to win/draw this Test on the Double Chance.

8. Australia whitewashed England in the previous Ashes for only the third time in history. They have beaten South Africa and India in Test series since then and are 1.90 to win this match in Cardiff.

7. England have won the opening Test of an Ashes series just once in nine attempts (W1 L5 D3). They are 3.40 to draw this match.

6. Australia beat England by 381 runs in the opening Test of the previous Ashes, at the Gabba. David Warner top scored with 124 in his second innings and is 6.50 to top the first innings this week.

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5. Mitchell Johnson took figures of 5/42 from just 21.1 overs in the second innings at the Gabba and went on to take 37 wickets over the series. He is 5.25 to finish series top bowler.

4. Cardiff first hosted an Ashes Test in the 2009 series, where the match was drawn after Australia declared on 674/6. They are 1.87 to score +390.5 runs from their first innings.

3. England captain Alastair Cook scored just two half centuries in 10 innings during the previous Ashes series Down Under, averaging 24.6 runs. Cook is 2.03 to be the first England batsman dismissed.

2. England’s all-time Test wicket taker James Anderson has taken four or more wickets in 11 of his last 12 Test matches since the end of the 2013/14 Ashes. Anderson is 5.50 to finish top bowler in the first innings.

1. The highest-scoring Ashes match this century was 1,403 runs set in Australia in 2003. England won the Test by 225 runs. A player to score a double century in Cardiff is priced at 5.50.

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