It’s a busy summer for England. Following the drama of their World Cup win over New Zealand, Thursday sees the first day of the first test in a five-match series against old adversaries Australia. In the meantime, here’s our 2019 Ashes tips for England v Australia to help cricket bettors find the best betting odds at the sportsbooks.

This the start of another tense Ashes series. The game at Edgbaston also heralds a new era for the five day game. The new ICC World Test Championship officially gets underway with this match. West Indies host India, while Sri Lanka and New Zealand will also do battle in August. But for now, let’s look at the chances of these two familiar foes.

What are the Ashes tips for England v Australia?

England are favourites to win the Ashes on home soil for the fifth series in succession. They subsequently lead the way for Thursday’s first test. Joe Root’s side can be backed at odds of 1.95 with Betway, while the Aussies come in at 2.60 with Bet365. This is test cricket so we now have a third option for the draw, with this outcome now available at odds of 7.00.

The weather forecast has improved through the weekend but it is suggesting showers on the fourth and fifth days. So perhaps the draw could come into play. However, we’re not expecting a stalemate here.

The battle is between England’s struggling top order and an impressive set of Australian bowlers who come into the series fit and in form. We expect a topsy-turvy five games with a tight overall scoreline. On Thursday, though, we’re backing those Aussie bowlers to take advantage of some hopelessly-out-of-form English batters.

Match Odds Summary: England: 1.95, Australia: 2.60 (Bet365 – Editor’s Pick), The Draw 7.00.

What are the top batsman Ashes tips for England v Australia?

– England Batsman Picks

Few of England’s batsmen came out of the one-off test against Ireland with any real credit last weekend. Remember that in test cricket, the top batsman bet relates to the first innings only. Therefore, England’s weak total of 85 saw Joe Denly make the highest contribution at just 23.

For Edgbaston against Australia, Joe Root starts as clear favourite to top score at 3.75. He’s followed by Jason Roy at 5.50. Jonny Bairstow looks a value option to us at an excellent 7.00. Meanwhile, Jos Buttler is slightly shorter at 6.50.

World Cup hero Ben Stokes is also at 6.50. Other picks for England include Rory Burns at 7.00, and Joe Denly at 7.50.

– Australia Batsman Picks

Moving across to Australia and while there has been a fitness scare over David Warner, the opener is expected to take his place in the starting XI. Warner is, perhaps surprisingly, a second favourite in Australia’s top batsman market at 4.00. He’s behind favourite Steve Smith, who goes off at 3.50.

Behind the top two, we have three joint favourites: Cameron Bancroft and Marcus Harris can both be picked up at 6.00. Meanwhile, Usman Khawaja is also available at 6.00.

Closing out our list of likely Aussie options are Travis Head at 7.00, Marnus Labuschagne at 8.50 and Matthew Wade at 10.00.

If you want some smaller odds in this section, we would suggest taking a Satta on David Warner. Nevertheless, we cannot ignore that 7.00 price next to Jonny Bairstow.

The England wicket keeper may have lengthened after a grueling World Cup and a pair against Ireland. Still, he’s a quality option down the order and those are exceptional odds.

Top Batsman Odds Summary: England: Root 3.75, Roy 5.50, Buttler 6.50, Stokes 6.50, Bairstow 7.00 (Betway – Editor’s Pick), Burns 7.00, Denly 7.50.

Australia: Smith 3.50, Warner 4.00, Khawaja 6.00, Bancroft 6.00, Harris 6.00, Head 7.00, Labuschagne 8.50, Wade 10.00.

When will the test finish Ashes tips for England v Australia?

This is an interesting market that we haven’t tackled before. It involves predicting the day and session when the game will come to an end. Our pick is for the 1st session on the 4th day which is quoted at 15.00.

Expect the usual fast pace of test cricket. Moreover, with two brittle batting line ups on display, that could be a shrewd and profitable selection.

When Will Test Finish Odds Summary: Day 3 First Session 67.00, Day 3 Second Session 51.00, Day 3 Third Session 34.00, Day 4 First Session 15.00 (Bet365 – Editor’s Pick), Day 4 Second Session 11.00, Day 4 Third Session 9.00.

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