Australia Still Favorites For Closest-Ever Ashes Series

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After an exciting draw at Old Trafford, EnglandÂ?s chances of retaking The Ashes are alive and well and the punters have taken notice. Betting on the fourth Test match, being held at Trent Bridge and starting on Thursday, has been lively since the markets opened this weekend.

Coral Bookmakers (http://www.coral.co.uk) are now listing Australia at evens to win the Series outright; whilst England are again the outsiders and are listed at 12/5 to take the prize from the tourists. However with the series finely poised at 1-1 and the final test not starting until well into September, a drawn series and Australia retaining the Ashes is proving a popular result and is currently 11/5 with Coral.

The Nottinghamshire county cricket club at Trent Bridge has already sold out the first four days of the Test; demand for tickets has reached an unprecedented level.

The mighty Aussie’s aura of invincibility has been cracked by a spirited English effort during the last two matches, however Stephen Bernard’s team will take heart from fighting back to earn a draw in the last Test and are once again 11/8 favorites to win the fourth Test and thus retain the Ashes. England know they could have taken a dominating lead in the series if not for captain Ponting’s 156 on the last day of the Old Trafford test, but will now look to start the next Test in good fashion and build on the confidence earned during the last two Test’s. England can be supported at 13/5 to win the Fourth Test and take the Series to a nail-biting decider. The draw is listed at 6/4.

Coral odds

To Win The Series outright

Evs    Australia        12/5    England        11/5    Draw

To Win The 4th Test

11/8    Australia        13/5    England        6/4    Draw

Top England Batsman

A.Strauss: 4/1

M.Trescothick: 4/1

M.Vaughan: 9/2

K.Pietersen:    5/1

I.Bell:    11/2

A.Flintoff: 13/2    

G.Jones: 12/1

A.Giles: 50/1

C.Tremlett: 100/1

M.Hoggard: 100/1

S.Harmison: 100/1

S.Jones: 100/1

Top Australian Batsman

J.Langer: 4/1

R.Ponting: 4/1

M.Hayden: 9/2

D.Martyn: 11/2

M.Clarke: 11/2

B.Hodge: 13/2

A.Gilchrist: 15/2

S.Katich: 15/2

B.Haddin: 16/1

S.Warne: 33/1

B.Lee: 66/1

G.McGrath: 100/1

J.Gillespie: 100/1

M.Kasprowicz: 100/1

S.MacGill: 100/1

S.Tait : 100/1

For the full range of Ashes’ betting, see http://www.coral.co.uk.

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