Troy Cooley, the man who inspired Andrew Flintoff to be at his best in the 2005 Ashes series, has left the Australian set-up to become head coach at their Centre of Excellence.
Cooley made his name in 2005 when his reverse-swing bowling coaching skills allowed the likes of Flintoff, Steve Harmison and Simon Jones to tear through the Australian batting line-ups.
He defected to his native Australia in 2006 and was influential in Australia’s whitewash of England in the 2006/07 Ashes series, but will only play a bit-part role if Australia are to repeat the 5-0 triumph – they are 20/1 to win the series 5-0.
However Cricket Australia insists Cooley will work with the bowlers throughout the Ashes series and the 2011 World Cup which starts in February.
Australia face India on Friday and the two cannot be split in the first test betting odds market where both are 9/4 to win with a draw available at 1/1.
The Test series takes place in India and Australia have won just the three times in eleven series in the last ten years.
Ricky Ponting is using the series as a warm-up for their Ashes test with England and Ponting will want to see a strong display from his side throughout a series that Australia are 15/8 to win in the India vs Australia Test series betting odds market.
England’s display against Pakistan over the summer impressed Ponting and he knows that England won’t be a walkover even though they haven’t won in Australia since the 1986/87 tour.
England are outsiders at 9/4 to win the Ashes but Andrew Strauss and company will be confident of causing an upset in Australia after coming through the ordeal that was the Test series with Pakistan.
England are 12/1 to win the Ashes series 3-2. See the full Ashes 2010/11 betting odds market here.