England’s dominance in this summer’s Ashes series will have whetted appetites for the next one, and there isn’t long to wait for it.
November 21st is a date pencilled into the diaries of the Barmy Army, as that’ll be when the opening Test of the 2013/14 series gets underway at The Gabba in Brisbane.
Australia’s experiences in England this summer will mean that they won’t be looking forward to locking horns with their old enemy again, and the evens on offer for an England series win should certainly be snapped up by more than just the patriotic.
The win this summer was England’s third straight Ashes series success, and although home advantage will certainly aid the Aussies next time around it didn’t really make that much difference in the 2010/11 series Down Under – which England won 3-1.
England would be happy with a similar scoreline this time around too, especially as Australia showed signs of life during a series in England which many people had tipped them to lose 5-0.
A 3-1 England series victory in Australia is priced at 7/1, whilst a 2-1 success is the same price and a 4-1 win for the visitors is available at 16/1.
Selection issues are likely to dominate the mind of head coach Andy Flower and his backroom team between now and that opening Test in Brisbane, but England are extremely likely to take the same core of players who so impressed everyone this summer.
Whilst the untried and untested Chris Woakes and Simon Kerrigan were called into the squad for the final Test at The Oval, England are likely to revert to the familiar come the end of the year.
The likes of Steven Finn and possibly Chris Tremlett will be called upon to exploit the dry Australian bowling conditions, and if they can do that then another Ashes win looks more than likely.
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