England meet Australia in the 2019 Ashes series starting on Thursday 1 August. Edgbaston, Birmingham plays host and the Sky Sports cameras will be in attendance, ensuring armchair fans can follow the action live. Here are our England v Australia 1st Test Match betting tips.
This will be England’s first competitive outing since winning the ICC Cricket World Cup at Lord’s by the tightest of margins. The hosts saw off New Zealand in the final and achieved that after knocking former holders Australia out in the semi-finals.
The Aussies will be out for revenge but both teams know Test Match cricket is very different to the 50 overs stuff we saw at the World Cup. This is a marathon and test of character. It’ll lack the pace and drama of the one-day play, but it loses nothing in tension and excitement. Both teams will make sure of that as they go all out to claim the Ashes trophy.
Who will come out on top? Bookmakers have had their say and we note there’s very little between the sides in the series winner market. England have been marked up as favourites to prevail at the end of the three-match series and there’s currently no more than the 5/6 offered up by William Hill available. Australia come in at 8/5 with 10bet and the draw is there to be backed at 6/1 (Bet365).
That will give backers a long-term interest with their bet live for most of August, but there’s plenty to get stuck into with the 1st Test Match betting. It’s a similar story to the series outright with England enjoying favouritism, although it’s cramped. The home win is even money with Unibet, the draw 9/2 (Bet365), an early cheer for Oz trading 13/8 (Bet365).