Ashes First Test: 10 Vital Statistics


10. England have beaten Australia in three of their last four Ashes meetings and are one place higher than their opponents in the Test rankings. Alastair Cook’s men are 1.37 to win the series.

9. The last two first Tests between these two sides have been drawn and another draw is priced at 3.70.


8. England haven’t won an opening Ashes Test since 1997, when Nasser Hussain hit 207 to lead his team to a nine-wicket victory. England are 1.90 to win the first Test.

 

7. Nine of Australia’s 16-man squad have never faced England in a Test match, while all but five have played in an Ashes tour. Australia are 3.75 to claim this opening Test.

 

6. Captain Michael Clarke has 20 Tests worth of experience against England, with a batting average of 45.50. Clarke is 3.75 to finish as top Aussie batsman.

 

5. Trent Bridge has hosted 20 Ashes clashes since 1899, resulting in 11 victories (combined) and nine draws. The odds on a Double Chance England/Australia victory are 1.28.

 

4. This ground boasts an average of 31.16 runs per wicket. England’s opening partnership is 1.90 to exceed 30.5 runs.

 

3. Steven Finn recorded bowling figures of 6/125 in his first innings of the opening Test at The Gabba in 2010. Finn is 4.50 to finish top bowler for England again.

 

2. Peter Siddle took a hat trick on the opening day of the first Test in the 2010/11 series, finishing that innings on 6/54. The seamer is 4.00 to finish as Australia’s top bowler.

 

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1. Alastair Cook scored 235 not out in the second innings of that Ashes opening Test. He has a batting average of 50.56 from 15 Tests against the Aussies, including four centuries. Cook is 4.50 to bag a ton once again.

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