Mon, Jun 15, 1:08am by Kevin Pitstock
The Ashes has been heating up for a long time now as the sledging began early. Both teams are in abysmal form and the pommies have taken their frustration out by sledging the Aussie bowlers.
In what is sure to be one of the most closely followed Ashes series to date the focus is on the Aussie bowlers vs the weak batting lineup of England. Australia will be without both Glen McGrath and Shane Warne. It looks like Brett Lee has fallen out of favour so he probably won’t be playing either. That leaves us thin, but will we still have the goods?
England lost to Holland in the Twenty20 World Cup so their lead up form is no better than Australia’s. While England still have 5 members of the team playing that won the last Ashes on home turf, they aren’t in the best of form.
Andrew Flintoff is only a shadow of the batsman he once was, struggling to replicate that form. Without him firing on all cylinders it could be a disaster series. Paul Collingwood is in terrible form as well, so they are looking thin in the middle.
Captaincy problems much? The poms still haven’t got a decent captain, with Kevin Pietersen the latest one in charge. He has been found wanting on more than one occasion and obviously isn’t captain material. This is a huge edge for Australia.
Looking for a punt and want a some solid odds? It seems as though the money has been pouring in for Australia. Sportsbet which is Australia’s largest bookmaker is showing the Aussies paying $1.70. They have the poms at $3.15 and noone wants a drawn series at $5.75.
Now is a great time to search through the cricket odds on the Ashes because they fluctuate a lot. Noone knows for certain who is playing yet and there are some odds with value around.
Depending on what happens will reflect changes in the odds in the lead up. I think Australia is a little short at around $1.70 but they could shorten even further if they dominate early on. I’m putting my money on them now and will make some more bets once the series begins.
Look out for the odds once the season begins. There truly is some huge money to be won on the cricket during play. Keep checking back on Sportsbet and Australian Gambling as we both keep you up to the date with the Ashes 2009 cricket.
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