England & Australia joint favourites for second test and series

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England and Australia are joint 9/4 favourites with Ladbrokes for the second test.

The draw is a more likely outcome according to the bookmaker however and is priced at 11/10.

The series betting also looks finely poised as the two sides both currently both earn 11/8 quotes with the series draw now 7/2 from an opening quote of 9/2.

Andrew Strauss is just 4 career centuries away from breaking the record (22) jointly held by Boycott, Cowdray & Hammond.

It’s 20/1 he beats the record in this series, and 6/1 that he draws level. Strauss is also 33/1 to break Hammond’s record of 905 ashes runs.

Alex Donohue of Ladbrokes said: “England’s thrilling fight back exposed Australia’s bowling and the sides now look evenly matched with the draw a real possibility. Strauss has clearly set his sights on re-writing the record books. ”

Ladbrokes latest betting

2nd Test
Aus 9/4
England 9/4
Draw 11/10

Series
Australia 11/8
England 11/8
Drawn Series 7/2

A Strauss Specials
To beat the 22 centuries record in this series 20/1 (4 or more needed )

To draw level at 22 centuries 6/1 (3 more needed)

To break W Hammond’s record of 905 runs in an Ashes Series 33/1

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Robbie Morris

Robbie studied sports journalism at the University of Gloucestershire, an establishment chosen for its proximity to Cheltenham racecourse, where he was a season ticket holder. Upon graduation, Robbie was a contributor to GolfPunk, a national magazine aimed at ridding golf of its traditionalist image, before joining the news.ladbrokes team.