Cricket betting is often a difficult skill to master and this is particularly true when studying the 2010 Ashes betting odds. Despite a fruitful year for the England cricket team in which they have enjoyed successful test series against Bangladesh and Pakistan, as well as triumph in the final of the World 20/20 championship against their forthcoming opponents, Australia are still the clear favourites to regain the Ashes on home soil.
The 2010 Ashes odds take into account the fact that Australia are very strong on home soil, having not lost a series in Australia since the 1986/87 series. There is also the factor that just over 2 years ago, England were soundly thrashed 5-0 in the last series to be hosted by the Australians.
An alternative to betting on the whole series could be to look at the individual tests themselves. England will be looking to target the final test in Sydney on 3rd January 2011 as the one that they think they can win (if they still have a chance of winning or drawing the series). The pitch at Sydney traditionally favours spin bowling as it is renowned for getting the ball to turn on the pitch. With England’s number one spin bowler Graeme Swann in the form of his life, this will be the test he will be looking to cause the Australians some serious problems.
The Australians on the other hand will be looking to get off to a fast start in the first test at Brisbane on 25th November as they look to regain the Ashes at the first attempt. It is certain to be a hard fought game, with both teams looking to gain the initiative in the series. Win Draw Win
The 2010 Ashes odds for top run scorer throughout the series also offer some food for thought. The likely contenders look to be Australia’s traditionally strong batsmen such as captain Ricky Ponting but also test opener Simon Katich, who has recently come into some good form and rarely gives away his wicket. On England’s side, Andrew Strauss looks to be the main man in form and a leader by example on the field, however if Kevin Pietersen can regain some form he could score consistently well in Australia.