Ashes Down Under
Its been just 3 months since the Australians left England with some sort of respect as they troubled the English a few times in this summers Ashes. However I believe that the England team sent to retain the Ashes down under now looks stronger than the one that defended it this summer. Carberry looks a good choice to open the batting now. He seems in good touch and batting conditions should suit him. This allows Root to bat further down the order were he can better affect the game coming in later in an innings. Cook himself is coming into good touch now too and is learning the captains role. Bell will carry good form from the Summer. The English will be well rested going into this, here meanwhile the Australians for some reason decided it wise to tour India. Clarke did not skip the tour and his back troubles have come up again and I think they are becoming an issue that may affect his batting.
England to retain the Ashes 8/15 Various
The English bowling attack also looks stronger, pharmacy Tremlett who did well here 3 years ago returns to sure up the attack as the ineffective Tim Bresnan is left at home. Broad, online Anderson and Finn are also very dangerous pace men. Unlike the Aussies the English have a sure fire spinner in Graeme Swann and Panesar can provide a threat should they need to go with two spinners. Australia continue to struggle to settle on who will make up their long term spin option but they have found something in the recent form of George Bailey who has now got a test call up as a result.The way he bats in short form suggests he can convert the skill sets to the test arena.
George Bailey Top Aus Batsman 9/1 Ladbrokes
An interesting bet offered by many bookmakers is the make a 200 market. In the last three Ashes down under their has been a double ton. This summers Ashes saw it go close very close missing out by 13 runs. In fact the 7 200s in the past 17 tests is a strong indicator given we have 5 chances of this bet landing. Clarke has 4 himself, while both Cook and KP managed one on the last Tour three years ago. Its a good bet with the likelihood of their being a batters pitch in at least one of the tests.
A Double Century to be scored 8/5 888sport