Ashes Series 2017/18 Preview: Australia Expected To Regain The Urn On Home Soil

The Ashes gets underway in Brisbane on Thursday and it is shaping up to be another thrilling series between two of the oldest rivals in the sport. The sledging has begun in laughable fashion this week with Nathan Lyon and David Warner getting the digs in, but thankfully the talking will stop as the eagerly anticipated series finally gets underway.

  • England have won five of the last seven Ashes Series
  • Australia have won six of the last seven Ashes Series at home

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Usman Khawaja to be Top Australian batsman @ 5 / 1  

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Australia have been dominant at home against England in Ashes Series in recent history with six wins from the last seven series and with that in mind, they are of course the clear favourites to once again come out on top.

England are of course having to do without Ben Stokes at this stage following his dust up in Birmingham recently, and England's batting line-up does look fragile to say the least. Stoneman, Vince and Malan have it all to prove and the pressure will be on Alastair Cook and Joe Root to provide the majority of the runs at the top of the order.

There have been eyebrows raised at the Aussie selection as well with Tim Paine back in after nearly seven years and the ageing Shaun Marsh also recalled to a far from rock solid home team line-up. Despite that, Australia are rightly the favourites at 2/5 with Bet365 to claim the series outright, with England as big as 10/3 with the same firm.

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Khawaja And Woakes Could Be Worth Following

Australia are going to be tough to beat in terms of the series with home conditions likely to play straight into their strengths but we should be able to see a competitive series at least.

One man who goes into the 1st test in fine form is Chris Woakes with the Warwickshire bowler high on confidence and looking to make his mark. On the face of it he is the 3rd seamer behind Anderson and Broad but Woakes has taken 12 wickets in the last two warm up matches and he is a lovely side bet at 11/4 with Hills to be the top England bowler this series.

We have already mentioned the fragility of the Aussie batting order at the moment but one man who could be ready to make a major impact on the series is Usman Khawaja. Often considered a flaky batsman, Khawaja has been in fine form for Queensland recently, and he has proven himself to be world class on home soil.

Khawaja averages 63.73 in Australian test matches, with four of his five centuries coming on home turf, and that form suggests that 5/1 with Hills about him being the top Australian batsman is well worth a punt.

Conclusion

In conclusion, we are set for a thrilling few weeks of sport and it could well turn out to be a tighter series than many anticipated with the two squads looking equal on paper. England can win a test match but Australia will be too strong on their own turf and will win the little urn once again.

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Posted: Tuesday, 21st November 2017

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