Ashes Betting: Aussies odds-on to win series as England name team

Ross Houston
September 11, 2019

Although England can not beat Australia, they nonetheless have an opportunity to stage the collection.

Australia are [1.57] to win the Ashes series after England named an unchanged squad for the fifth and final Test.

Australia won the match by 185 runs to take an unassailable 2-1 lead in the five-match series.

If Stokes is unable to bowl, he is expected to play in the fifth Test as a specialist batsman and England will turn to one of the two bowling all-rounders in the squad that missed out at Manchester, with either Sam Curran or Chris Woakes coming in. Australia retains the Ashes, baby. England pacer Stuart Broad has tormented him and he has scored just 79 runs in eight innings.

A magnificent Ashes triumph in Old Blighty after 18 summers is exactly what Australian cricket needed to finally exorcise the ghosts of last year's ball-tampering scandal in South Africa, feels Glenn McGrath.

England were bowled out for 197, 13 overs short of surviving the day.

"This gang previously stole a valuable cup from the hands of some of our NZ neighbours in London, followed by one of their red-headed members attempting to wrestle an antique urn away from its rightful owners during a visit to Headingly", they further added, referring to Ben Stokes' match-winning innings in Headingley.

Former Australia skipper Ricky Ponting has backed struggling opener David Warner to retain his position at Old Trafford.

Speaking after the win, Australian batsman Steve Smith said what anyone watching could have told you: the fella was absolutely on fire, providing batting power to match Australia's ruthless bowling attack.

After Australia's win over the home side, a publishing house by the name "Sporting Times" made a decision to add some insult to injury.

All-rounder Stokes is the only English batsman to average over 50 in the series with 354 runs in four matches. "I'm not sure why he got the nod over Woakes".

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