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Cricket betting: Ashes specials cricket tips

26 Jul | BY Guy Giles | MIN READ TIME |
Cricket betting: Ashes specials cricket tips

From stunning hat-tricks to embarrassing extras, these picks will keep you entertained throughout the Ashes.

Joe Root to reach 7000 Test runs during the series {ODDS:447180932:1/5}

Root is England’s Mr. Reliable, but a World Cup hangover saw him score just 2 and 31 in their warm-up against Ireland.

The good news is that the 28-year-old needs just 315 runs to reach 7000 in Tests, and he has passed that mark in three of his four Ashes series to date.

Either team to be bowled out for under 100 {ODDS:447415048:1/2}

This has happened twice in the last five Ashes series, with Australia the team dismissed quickly on both occasions.

The unconvincing build-up from both teams – including England being bowled out for just 85 by Ireland – does suggest it could happen again this summer, as illustrated by the price.

No England opener to score a century in the series {ODDS:447167652:13/8}

England’s issues at the top of the order are well-documented and, quite frankly, tiresome.

Jason Roy and Rory Burns may yet be the answer, but don’t bank on it.

None of the Test matches to end as a draw {ODDS:447167650:7/4}

There has been just one drawn Test across the last three Ashes series, and there is little to suggest this summer will be any different.

Both sides have failed to impress in their respective warm-up matches, so don’t bother buying fifth-day tickets in advance.

Any Test to be decided by fewer than 10 runs or one wicket {ODDS:447167653:7/2}

Edgbaston in 2005 is the match that everyone remembers, but this has actually happened on six other occasions in Ashes history.

Four of those were decided by fewer than 10 runs while the other two were by a single wicket.

James Anderson to reach 600 Test wickets during the series {ODDS:447167649:7/2}

Anderson has had his build-up interrupted by a calf injury but should be fit to play from the start at Edgbaston.

The legendary seamer needs just 25 wickets to join the 600 club alongside Muttiah Muralitharan, Shane Warne and Anil Kumble.

Substitute fielder to inflict a run out at any stage {ODDS:447415046:3/1}

Gary Pratt’s run out of Ricky Ponting in 2005 is a moment that few England fans will ever forget.

Pratt himself is not involved this time round, but the stage could be set for someone else to replicate his iconic moment 14 years later.

A winning margin of more than an innings and 123 runs in any match {ODDS:447167654:5/1}

Australia rounded off their 4-0 dismantling of England in 2017/18 with a victory by an innings and 123 runs at the SCG.

Ashes matches in England tend to be closer affairs, but the patchy form of both sides means a bigger winning margin cannot be ruled out this summer.

Any batsman to hit five centuries during the series {ODDS:447180926:7/1}

No batsman has ever hit five centuries in an Ashes series, not even back when they used to play six Tests instead of five.

Steve Smith is the current player who has come closest, hitting three centuries in the most recent series as he amassed 687 runs.

One bowler to take eight or more wickets in an innings {ODDS:447180929:14/1}

Stuart Broad’s 8 for 15 at Trent Bridge in 2015 is unlikely to ever be topped.

That said, there are several other bowlers set to feature this summer who can rip through batting orders at will.

Alastair Cook to be named in England’s starting XI in any of the Test matches {ODDS:447180931:14/1}

England’s selectors will be longing for a player like Cook to solve their problems at the top of the order.

The man himself has ruled out a return to the international fold, but crazier things have happened in cricket.

Any batsman to score a triple century {ODDS:447167655:16/1}

There have been just five triple centuries in Ashes history, and none since Bob Cowper in 1966.

Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Steve Smith and David Warner have all come close with big doubles.

Hat-trick to be taken at any time in the series {ODDS:447099481:25/1}

There have been eight hat-tricks in the history of the Ashes, with Peter Siddle the most recent to achieve the feat in 2010.

The veteran seamer is set to feature again this summer, while both Stuart Broad and Moeen Ali have Test hat-tricks to their name as well.

One team to win all five tosses {ODDS:447180933:28/1}

This has happened six times throughout Ashes history, with Australia and England  both winning every toss on three occasions each.

Interestingly, England skipper Joe Root has recent history in this, winning all five tosses against India last summer and all three against Sri Lanka at the turn of the year.

A No. 11 to score more than 98 runs {ODDS:447180930:33/1}

A 19-year-old Ashton Agar fell two short of an astonishing century on debut at Trent Bridge in 2013, breaking the record for a No. 11 in Tests.

Agar is not set to be involved again this year, so can the likes of Jimmy Anderson and Nathan Lyon go one, or ideally two, better?

First ball of the series to be a wide {ODDS:447167651:66/1}

Who can forget Steve Harmison bounding in at The Gabba to deliver the first ball since England’s 2005 victory only to send it straight to second slip?

The quality of bowlers on show this summer mean that is unlikely to be repeated, but don’t rule anything out – it’s the Ashes, after all.

Hat-trick to be taken on day one of the first Test {ODDS:447180927:66/1}

Peter Siddle’s hat-trick at the Gabba in 2010, when he dismissed Alastair Cook, Matt Prior and Stuart Broad in succession, is the only time this has ever happened in the Ashes.

Both sides are having issues at the top of the order and, with the likes of Siddle, Mitchell Starc, James Anderson and Stuart Broad charging in, this could be worth a punt.

One bowler to take two hat-tricks across the series {ODDS:447180928:100/1}

There are just four bowlers with two Test hat-tricks to their name, with Stuart Broad among them.

His two previous efforts came three years apart but, as well all know, history sometimes goes out the window when the little urn is at stake.

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Guy Giles

Guy Giles

Sports writer who produces regular football and cricket tips, while also covering a range of other sports.

Guy Giles

Guy Giles

Sports writer who produces regular football and cricket tips, while also covering a range of other sports.