Punters have been backing England in their droves in the 2019 Ashes series following their tremendous comeback in the third Test at Headingley last weekend. The leading bookmakers have responded by slashing the odds on England winning the series from 50/1 to just 11/8 due to the heroics of Ben Stokes in Leeds. Indeed when Broad was sent back in after being struck with a yorker and Australia therefore needing just one more wicket to retain the Ashes, the home side were pushed out to a huge 50/1 for a series win.
Subsequently this has now been slashed into just 11/8 for Joe Root’s men to topple the Aussies in the final two Test matches of the series. The most likely outcome for what has already been a thrilling Test series is a draw, such a scenario resulting in Australia retaining the urn. The Aussies to win the series is now a 5/2 shot after being just 1/5 during the third Test on Sunday afternoon.
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A reported 64% of all bets have been aimed towards England winning the series over the past 24 hours or so although Steve Smith remains favourite to end as top batsman, Ben Stokes nevertheless being a big mover in this market.
Stokes has been slashed from 33/1 to just 4/1 to record most runs from both teams, this enough to send him into second-favourite amongst most UK bookmakers.
Australia know that a win at either Old Trafford or The Oval will be enough to ensure that the urn stays in their hands, however can they stop a Three Lions side which have momentum very much on their side?