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Bet on Australia to win the Ashes series on their home turf

| 01.11.2010

With top wicket-taker and runscorer markets, there are plenty of betting opportunities to be had on the Australian team.

Ricky Ponting, Captain – Ponting has featured in 31 Ashes Tests, 15 as captain and averages 48.22 against England.

Michael Clarke, Vice-Captain – Relishes Tests against England with over 1000 runs in 15 matches averaging 55.80 – 5/1 to be Australia’s top series runscorer.

Doug Bollinger4/1 to be Australia’s leading wicket-taker despite the England openers never facing him.

Peter George – Of the Glenn McGrath mould, has featured in just one Test against India taking the wicket of Tendulkar.

Brad Haddin – The wicket-keeper has been out injured and faces a fight for his Test place with Paine, but there’s no doubting his ability.

Nathan Hauritz – Leading spin bowler has taken 10 wickets in three matches against England and is 6/1 to be the top Australian series wicket-taker.

Ben Hilfenhaus – Inconsistent seamer but has 22 wickets in five Tests against England.

Phillip Hughes – Has faced England but the young opener will only feature if injury hampers Katich or Watson.

Michael Hussey – Nicknamed Mr Cricket, Hussey averages over 56.46 when playing England and is a big danger.

Mitchell Johnson – Australia’s main threat with the ball and has taken 20 wickets in five matches against England.

Simon Katich – The left hander only averages 35.44 runs against England compared to his usual 45.96.

Marcus North – Lower-order batsman who knows how to find the boundary, averaging 52.42 in five Tests against England.

Tim Paine – Has impressed hugely in Haddin’s absence and can consider himself unlucky if he doesn’t start the first Test.

Peter Siddle – Plenty of chat and ability to back it up. Siddle will frighten England openers on his home turf.

Steven Smith – Exciting young all-rounder who is likely to feature more in the one-day series than the Test series.

Shane Watson –Watson has already scored 240 runs in five Tests against England and is 4/1 to be Australia’s top series runscorer.

Australia are 8/11 to win the Ashes. See the full Ashes betting odds here.

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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.