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There’s definite value in backing Australia’s “Dad’s Army”

30 Jun | BY Betway | MIN READ TIME |
There’s definite value in backing Australia’s “Dad’s Army”

Could it be one tour too many for some of Australia's golden oldies, or will experience prove to be invaluable against England's young pretenders?

The pre-Ashes war of words has already begun and possibly the sharpest barb of them all has been fired by former Australia pace bowler Jason Gillespie.

He branded the Australian team, who are favourites to win the series and retain the Ashes at 4/11 (England are 4/1), a “Dad’s Army”.

“Let’s get them tired,” Gillespie said in an interview with the Daily Mirror, “they’re old blokes.”

He’s technically not wrong. 10 of their 17-man squad are aged over 30, including Chris Rogers and Brad Haddin who are both 37, and Ryan Harris and Adam Voges both aged 35.

In contrast, Ian Bell is one of only two players over 30 in England’s likely starting line-up for the first Test.

But rather than write them off, is there value in backing the old-timers?

One player who might be, according to Gillespie, the wrong side of 30 is Mitchell Johnson, but don’t think for one second that England will underestimate him.  

Johnson, 33-years-old, was England’s main tormentor with 37 wickets in the 2013-14 Ashes that ended in a 5-0 series whitewash. Although he has admitted that his speed’s dropped in recent months, he says he feels back to his best in English conditions. And this is something that will worry Trevor Bayliss and his team.

But for a betting person, it should be taken advantage of, since at 6/1 he represents great value to be the Series’ Top Bowler.

Mitchell Starc (one of the under-30s) and Ryan Harris may hold the Aussie limelight ahead of the first game, but the ICC’s 2009 and 2014 Cricketer of the Year, as well as 2014 Test Player of the Year has proven Johnson’s Ashes credentials. And if he’s anywhere close to his 2013/14 form, he’ll be a great shout to run through the England batting once more, as he has so often done down the years.

This 2015 Aussie squad showcases true quality in its bowling resources, but you cannot disregard their batting prowess either.

Sure, David Warner and Steve Smith might be grabbing the headlines, but could their captain be the man to steal the show once again?

The Aussies have had unprecedented success under the intelligent captaincy of Michael Clarke, out-thinking New Zealand in the final of the recent ICC Cricket World Cup at the MCG. Plus, with a batting average of over 50 in tests, he’s got an impressive record to boot. Not bad for a 34-year-old I think you’d agree?

At 7/1, the middle-order batsman is great value to be the Series’ Top Runscorer.

Experience is a great learning curve in cricket. So, rather than write off them off, England will do well not to be dealt another tough lesson by the Aussie’s “Dad’s Army”.


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The Ashes 2015 Fixtures

First Test: 8-12 July, Sophia Gardens, Cardiff

Second Test: 16-20 July, Lord’s London

Third Test: 29-2 August, Edgbaston, Birmingham

Fourth Test: 6-10 August, Trent Bridge, Nottingham

Fifth Test: 20-24 August, The Oval, London


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