England’s cricketers are now looking ahead to The Ashes in Australia (23rd November – 8th January) after completing their summer of Test cricket with series wins over both South Africa and the West Indies, although it wasn’t all plain sailing for Joe Root’s side who had to settle for a 2-1 win over the Windies.
After beating the Proteas 3-1, England had been a best price of just 8/13 to win all three games against an ailing Windies side, but Root’s bold declaration in the second Test backfired as the tourists successfully chased down the unlikely target of 322 on the final day at Headingley, landing odds of 12/1 in the process.
England have won 7 of their last 10 five-day matches on home soil, but despite a series win in South Africa in the winter of 2015/16 they have struggled overseas in recent years – winning four and losing 14 of their last 22 Tests.
That run includes a 5-0 Ashes whitewash on their last visit to Australia, and Bet365 offer 16/1 that they’ll suffer the same fate this winter. But that outcome looks unrealistic based on Australia’s mixed form – they have struggled against India and Bangladesh in recent months and were beaten 2-1 at home by South Africa last November, although they recovered to win all three matches against Pakistan.