Ashes Cricket Betting Odds 2021 – Preview and predictions

A look at the 2021/22 Ashes Series as Australian expectancy is high on home turf for famous cricket showdown

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We dive into the Ashes cricket betting odds 2021 as the greatest series in the game gets underway this week at the Gabba.

It’s Australia with home advantage as they look to make the most of that to hold onto the famous little urn.

Here we take a look at the latest Ashes cricket betting odds ahead of the opening fixture of the 2021/22 series.

Ashes Cricket Betting Odds 2021

Australia 1/3, England 9/2, Draw 7/1
* (odds recorded at 21:48 GMT on December 5th, 2021 at Bet365)

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When and where is the Ashes 2021?

The opening Test of the Ashes 2021 starts on Tuesday (UK time) at The Gabba in Brisbane and the five-match series draws to a close in mid-January 2022.


Ashes 2021 Dates (Australia)

  • First Test – 8th – 12th December at The Gabba, Brisbane
  • Second Test – 16th – 20th December at the Adelaide Oval, Adelaide
  • Third Test – 26th – 30th December at Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne
  • Fourth Test – 5th – 9th January 2022 at Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney
  • Fifth Test – 14th – 18th January 2022 at Perth Stadium, Perth


Current Ashes holders

The 2019 edition of the Ashes in England was drawn, with both sides taking two wins and a draw in the series. That meant that Australia retained the Ashes after having won them back in the 2017/18 home series.

Home advantage is massive for the Australians who have won seven of the last eight home Ashes Series against the English (L1).

Ashes Cricket Betting Series Correct Score Odds

3-1 Australia at 9/2
4-0 Australia at 11/2
4-1 Australia 4-1 at 13/2
2-2 Draw 2-2 at 8/1
5-0 Australia 5-0 at 9/1
3-2 Australia 3-2 at 17/2
3-0 Australia 3-0 at 9/1
2-1 Australia 2-1 at 17/2
3-2 at England 3-2 at 18/1
3-1 at England 18/1
2-1 England 2-1 at 18/1
33/1 bar
* (odds recorded at 21:48 GMT on December 5th, 2021 at Bet365)

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2021 Ashes Betting Odds Favourites

Australia are the clear front runners in cricket betting to win the 2021 Ashes Series.

They are currently 1/3 odds-on favourites* (odds recorded at 21:48 GMT on December 5th, 2021 at Bet365).

There has been some turmoil in terms of team selection, notably with captain Tim Paine stepping down from the post just recently.

But they are such a tough side on home soil, with their Kookaburra ball working heavily in their favour with the ball in hand.

It doesn’t offer as much swing as the Duke ball used in England.

Flat pace and power with the ball in the hand is going to give the Australians a huge advantage.

Australia have won 51.5% of home Ashes Test matches, which is just phenomenal.

Since losing the 1986/87 home Ashes Series against England, Australia have won 7 of their last 8 against England on home turf.

That’s the power of home advantage and Aussie expectations will be very high.

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England go as underdogs

For England to leave Down Under with the Ashes urn in their hands, they have to produce the series win.

Going into it, a drawn series would probably be a positive result for them. That is a quote of 7/1 in cricket betting * (odds recorded at 21:48 GMT on December 5th, 2021 at Bet365).

England have won 31% of their Ashes Test matches in Australia but they have found those hard to come by in recent times.

Aside from their 3-1 win Down Under in the 2010/11 Ashes Series, those are the only three match wins that they have taken in their last four Ashes series hosted in Australia.

On their latest visit, England were blown away 4-0 in the 2017/18 Ashes Series. It’s just such tough conditions for them to compete in.


Key Facts – Ashes 2021 cricket betting

  • England have failed to win a match in three of their last four Ashes Series’ in Australia
  • Australia have won 6 of the last 7 Ashes Series on home turf
  • England have won 5 of the last 8 Ashes Series (home and away)
  • England have won 1 of their last 9 Test Matches
  • Australia have played just seven Test matches since the start of 2020 (W4 D1 L2)


Australia team news

Five of Australia’s main line up were busy at the recent T20 World Cup, winning the title there. It leaves Australia fairly short of in-form, match sharp Test match players.

There have been a lot of cancelled fixtures for Australia and looking at the likes of Steve Smith and David Warner, they have played any Test matches in the last couple of years between them.

If those two get into things heavily on home turf then it really could be the deciding factor of the series.

While it’s been a tough 2021 for Warner in the shorter forms of the game, of his 24 Test match centuries, all but six have come at home.

Warner is a quote of 11/4 to be Australia’s top batsmen over the course of the series in Ashes cricket betting odds* (odds recorded at 21:48 GMT on December 5th, 2021 at Bet365).

They are sticking with Mitchell Starc for the pace attack and Travis Head gets the nod at number five in the batting line up. Alex Carey has received the nod behind the wickets in place of Tim Paine.

Overall Top Series Batsman

Steve Smith 5/2
Joe Root 11/4
Marnus Labuschagne 7/2
David Warner 5/1
Ben Stokes 9/1
Marcus Harris 12/1
Rory Burns 16/1
Dawid Malan 16/1
20/1 bar
* (odds recorded at 21:48 GMT on December 5th, 2021 at Bet365).

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England Ashes team news

Do England have the pace attack to really trouble Australia? That’s really the biggest question and it is the one area in which they look a little short.

They are taking the veteran experience of Stuart Broad and Jimmy Anderson into action, but other than that, there’s going to be a reliance on Mark Wood to find top form.

Looking at the batting, Joe Root, the backbone of the English line up, has never performed at his best Down Under.

It has been a fantastic year for him with the bat in Test cricket, but can he carry that through and carry the team in Australia?

Root is currently a quote of 11/4 in Ashes Cricket betting to be the top scorer in the series* (odds recorded at 21:48 GMT on December 5th, 2021 at Bet365).

The biggest selection news is that Ben Stokes has been back in action during a very limited warm-up, for the first time since July in an England shirt.

England have not won a series since beating Pakistan at home last year.

Their home Autumn series against India, which is still in the balance because of a postponed final Test, saw England trailing 2-1.

They have won only one of their last nine test matches (D3 L6) in fixtures against India and New Zealand combined.

They never got going on home turf against New Zealand (D1 L1) and then India (W1 D1 L2) and had a series of troubles at the top of the order.

Ashes 2021 cricket betting Predictions

Australia are the clear favourites in 2021 Ashes Cricket Betting odds and should comfortably win this series.

Even though the Aussies have not had a lot of Test cricket under their belt the last couple of years, home advantage in the Ashes is pretty much everything.

England don’t look as if they have the pace attack to really do much damage on the flat pitches that they are going to face.

The lack of swing in the Australian conditions is going to hamper England badly, more likely than not.

Australia’s top order looks stronger than England’s as well, and it is the Australia 3-1 correct score option at 9/2 in correct score betting that is our first selection* (odds recorded at 21:48 GMT on December 5th, 2021 at Bet365).

With that in mind, the abrasive attacking ability of David Warner with the bat on home soil offers something of interest at 5/1 for him to the Top Batsman in the Series* (odds recorded at 21:48 GMT on December 5th, 2021 at Bet365).