Ashes First Test Betting: 10 Vital Statistics


10. England have won four of the last five Ashes series, but only one of the last six held in Australia. England are 2.05 to win the series.

9. Last summer saw England win the first Test of an Ashes series for the first time since 1997. They are 2.70 to win at the Gabba.

8. Australia have a W14 D5 L14 record at the Gabba against England. These sides drew in Brisbane in 2010 and are 3.25 to do so again.

7. Alastair Cook top scored with 235 in England’s second innings at the Gabba in 2010, the highest individual score in an Ashes series from any current cricketer. Cook is 7.50 to finish top batsman.

6. Ian Bell scored the most runs during the 2013 series (562), averaging 62.44. The batsman is priced at 8.50 to score most runs in the first Test.

5. Michael Clarke had Australia’s best batting average over the 2013 Ashes (47.62) and high scored with 187. The captain is priced at 4.00 to score the most runs in the first innings.

4. Clarke and Michael Smith’s 214 runs at Old Trafford this summer remains the highest fourth-wicket Test partnership of 2013. Smith is 14.00 to finish top batsman.

3. Boyd Rankin finished on 3-46 during England’s final warm-up game, against an Australia Invitational XI last week. Rankin is 8.00 to finish top bowler over the first Test.

2. Ryan Harris recorded the best bowling figures from one innings during last summer’s series (7-117). The paceman is 5.50 to finish top bowler in this Test.

1. England beat Australia 3-0 this summer yet haven’t remained unbeaten over an away Ashes series since 1970/71 (2-0 to England). Cook’s side are 26.00 to win 2-0 again.


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