Ashes 1st Test betting tips – back England and Australia to draw in Cardiff

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England and Australia set for Cardiff draw

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Betting Tip: England and Australia set for Cardiff draw @ 5/2 with bet365

Finally the Ashes is about to get under way, with the Australians massive favourites to retain the miniature urn despite having not won a series in England for the last fourteen years.

Indeed, two years ago, Michael Clarke and his band of merry men came to these shores in a state of relative disarray. Darren Lehmann had just been installed as captain and Australia suffered a 3-0 defeat.

However, that was followed a few months later by a 5-0 whitewash and the Baggy Greens have continued to grow in stature since then, with the tourists very bullish about their chances of laying a hoodoo in England to rest.

The Test series starts in Cardiff on Wednesday and the groundsman won’t be taking too many chances with the wicket. It’s imperative that the match lasts for the full five days in terms of prestige and for commercial reasons, while the cooling temperatures means that we won’t see too many cracked lines during the early stages.

To back Australia at 19/20 requires a level of confidence that can’t be acquired from a handful of warm-up matches and a recent one-sided contest against the West Indies while England were playing out a 1-1 series against New Zealand.

Ryan Harris has announced a shock retirement although the bowler was never destined to play this match, with Mitchell Johnson, Mitchell Starc and Peter Siddle set to take the strike in south Wales.

Steve Smith has been outstanding to the extent where he arrives as the world’s number one batsman, although his ability in England has not yet been tested, while Jason Gillespie made a point that the ageing tourists could suffer fitness-wise along the way.

Therefore, the draw looks a far safer option at odds of 5/2 and any rain that falls in Cardiff will also help out this bet.

England would be delighted to be level going into the Second Test at Lords, with Trevor Bayliss having had just a handful of days to work with his new charges although he inherits a team with plenty of talent.

Alastair Cook can go very well in this series, while Joe Root is the obvious danger man and it will be interesting to see what tactics are deployed by the Aussies against the Yorkshireman.

Gary Ballance and Ian Bell are struggling for form, although Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler are able with the bat. Meanwhile James Anderson and Stuart Broad are fearsome bowlers with plenty of Ashes experience.

Betting Tip: England and Australia set for Cardiff draw @ 5/2 with bet365

All odds were correct at time of posting.

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