England’s crushing 347-run victory over Australia in the second Test may not have been as dramatic as the pair’s first Ashes encounter this summer.
But what this latest defeat over their greatest rivals has proved is that England are undoubtedly the superior team.
Australia were resolute if limited during their 14-run loss at Trent Bridge. However, at Lord’s it was a different story.
The tourists struggled with both bat and ball throughout with their first innings total of just 128 runs their major undoing.
Graeme Swann was at his majestic best, taking nine wickets during this latest contest as Australia failed to display the same skill and discipline exemplified by Alastair Cook’s men.
Trying to chase down a target of 583 runs was always going to prove to be an almost impossible task for Michael Clarke’s team to overcome.
It was the home side’s third-biggest runs victory and few can dispute the 1/25 odds of England clinching a third consecutive Ashes series win.
The draw is available at 16/1 with an unlikely Australian turnaround 33/1 with Ladbrokes.
Old Trafford will host the third Test with England’s chances of capturing the urn for the 31st time further enhanced by their domination in St. John’s Wood.
The ground last hosted an Ashes Test in 2005 when Australia managed to secure a spectacular draw by surviving the final ball when nine wickets down.
They’ve shown plenty of determination in this year’s series. However, this is a unit deprived of the guile and experience of its predecessors.
The disparity between England’s class of 2013 and their counterparts’ current crop was all too evident in London.
And it’s no surprise to see the dominant hosts at 1/500 to retain the Ashes with this edition quickly becoming little more than a procession.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publication