England are rank outsiders to win Ashes despite claiming series victory in 2013
The feel-good factor has momentarily returned to English cricket following a thrilling ODI series victory over New Zealand, although it’s a completely different proposition when it comes to beating Australia over five Test Matches.
Paddy Power offer a massive 4/1 about Trevor Bayliss producing immediate results as head coach of the England team and steering them to a series victory despite a 3-0 win over the Australians just two years ago.
At that time, Michael Clarke and his team looked a poor team although just months later, the Baggy Greens were getting revenge when whitewashing a sorry England team who had little reply to some quality batting and fierce bowling.
Now Bayliss has arrived to take charge just before the 2015 series, with captain Alastair Cook admitting that it’s not ideal for a head coach to assume a role with just a handful of days before the teams clash with ball and bat in Cardiff.
So why are England 4/1 to win The Ashes?
The recent Test Matches against New Zealand wasn’t quite the momentum generator that fans had hoped for. An exciting win at Lord’s was followed by an exciting defeat at Headingley, with the 199 run defeat throwing up more questions than answers.
Indeed, the winning Test mentality has only been seen in patches since 2005, with Australia having built up a head of steam since winning the most recent Ashes series and their two recent wins against West Indies demonstrated this is a team in great nick.
“I’d be lying to say it (the Ashes) hasn’t been in the back of everyone’s mind but the fact we’ve been really disciplined on playing really good cricket in these conditions against this West Indies team is a really good achievement from the boys,” Clarke said.
“We’re all excited about what lies ahead. I’ve spoken a lot about consistency away from home, I just hope this is the start of it.”
Sky Bet offer 2/5 that the Australians are left celebrating after the five Test Matches although you can get even money that the Baggy Greens collect an opening victory in Cardiff.
Some question marks have been raised over the tourists’ batting qualities, with Steven Smith and David Warner the players expected to do the most damage, while captain Clarke will also be a big danger for Australia.
Mitchell Johnson was once regarded as a laughing stock although he arrives on these shores with a fearsome reputation and the fast bowler could clean up at 3/1 on the top Australian bowler market.