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The 2019 Ashes Betting Tips

2019 Ashes Winner 
After so much dominance in the first Test, England are suddenly right back in the mix to win the Ashes after a much improved performance at Lord's. The home side were indebted to some ferocious bowling from Jofra Archer as the paceman put the fear back into Australia with some vicious bouncers and lightning-quick deliveries. Now the two teams go to Headingley knowing a win could prove vital. for the Aussies it would ensure they retain the urn with only two games left after this and having arrived in England as the holders. For the hosts, victory would set the last two Test up perfectly with the scores locked at 1-1. 
Interestingly, while England have lost talisman James Anderson, Australia have now lost their own best player as Steve Smith has been ruled out of the third Test after being struck by an Archer bouncer in one of the most enthralling battles between bat and ball. With Smith out, we cannot help but think there is a real collapse in Australia and with Archer chomping at the bit to get wickets and lad England to another triumph after his starring role in the 2019 World Cup victory, we feel backing England to win the series is the way to go, with the home side now in the ascendancy. 

England's Ashes Top Batsman - Joe Root 
Joe Root did not enjoy his time with bat, in the field or generally as captain in the first Test as he watched his side somehow let Australia go from 122/8 on the first day to winning by 251 runs with the first major Test of the summer ending in defeat. Now, Root will not only be looking to lead his team with his decisions, but also with his run scoring. Root managed to notch 85 runs in two innings with a top score of 51, but his second innings we he top scored was one in which he was never able to open up and play his shots, with survival on the final day England's only objective. In the second Test we think that Root will be given more licence to play his shots which will likely only lead to more runs. Rory Burns is currently England's top scored with 144 runs, but we do not think he will stay at the top of the runs scoring charts for England, with Root instead the man we feel will lead England forward with the bat. 
Australia's Ashes Top Batsman - Steve Smith 
While we don't want to offer up an odds-on batsman, after the first Test at Edgbaston, we simply cannot overlook Steve Smith. The double centurion was in fine form as he notched 144 and 142 as he put England's bowlers to the sword in a showing of ruthless batting. The closest batsman to Smith in the rankings is Burns, who is 142 behind, while the current highest scoring Aussie is Matthew Wade, who is 175 behind the former Australian captain. Smith's batting and mental toughness was of such a high order that the comparisons between him and the legendary Don Bradman have come thick and fast, with his Test career average of 62.96 coming alongside a ridiculous 25 centuries and 24 half-centuries culminating in Smith rightly being seen as the best batsman around today, and one of the greats in the game. Barring a monumental slowing of his runs scoring this summer, we cannot look to back any other Australian to top score for touring side. 

The 2019 Ashes

At long last, the 2019 Ashes is upon us, with two of cricket's longest and most bitter rivals coming together for yet another instalment of the gripping series between England and Australia. The current holders of the Ashes are the visitors Australia, who romped to a 4-0 victory down under at the end of 2017 and the start of 2018. That victory would have been a 5-0 whitewash had it not been for Alastair Cook's incredible score of 244* in the fourth Test which helped England to secure a draw in that match. 

Cricket Betting Tips

Betting on cricket has never been more accessible and exciting as the three very different formats of the game allow everyone from the cricket mad to the novices to get in on the action whether you want a quick fix or you are willing to place a bet on Day 1 of a five day Test match. 

With a glut of possible outcomes to bet on and bookmakers constantly updating their odds, it can turn a game of cricket into an incredibly exciting prospect if you have a bet riding on Jason Roy to smash a century in the IPL and he is currently 98 not out.

Bet on a range of Cricket formats

Historically, cricket has been viewed as a game that is not for everyone, but the differing formats mean that there is a style of cricket for everyone. From the shortest format of the game in Twenty20 to a classic five day Test match, whether you want a quick fix of white ball smashing or you are after a side slowly building a huge score, we have got you covered.

What is Twenty20 Cricket?

Possibly the most exciting format of the game, Twenty20 cricket is fast becoming the biggest drawing factor in the game today. Twenty20 or T20 cricket sees two sides go head-to-head with both teams given 20 overs (120 balls) to bat and 20 overs to bowl. As there is so little time to play with, the game often descends into the batsmen trying to smash the bowlers to all corners of the ground in search of quick runs. This of course leaves them open to a big swing and a miss, with cartwheeling stumps, outrageous one-handed catches and incredible run-outs the norm. 

The biggest tournament in T20 is the Indian Premier League (IPL) and it attracts the very best from all corners of the world. Indian teams are given the chance to buy players and create something of an all-star team to play in front of the throngs of adoring fans in India. Excitingly, this can bring together players together that would not play together otherwise, with Virat Kohli of India, AB de Villiers of South Africa and Brendon McCullum of New Zealand all fine talents and playing alongside one another for Royal Challengers Bangalore. If you are looking for the most exciting and fast-paced competition in cricket, you need look no further than the IPL and T20 cricket. 

What is One Day International Cricket?

One Day International (ODI) cricket is longer than a T20 game but shorter than a Test match. An ODI match sees each side given 50 overs to bat and 50 overs to bowl and, because this format is 30 overs longer than a T20 match, it allows the batting side to take their time in the opening exchanges to see off the new ball before going after their opponents once they have settled. While an ODI is a longer format than a T20 game, they are still incredibly exciting, with modern players perfectly suited to making scores of 350+, something that would have been unheard of even a few years ago.

The biggest ODI tournament is the ICC Champions Trophy. This pits the best international teams in the world against one-another. Reigning champions Pakistan came from nowhere to win the 2017 tournament hosted in England as they first dismantled the hosts in the semi-final before beating India in the final. Along with the aforementioned teams, the likes of Australia, New Zealand, Sri Lanka and others also contest the tournament, with fireworks aplenty as the world's best players come together to battle it out for supremacy. 

What is Test Match Cricket?

The classic style of cricket and the longest format. If you have five days to kill and enjoy a narrative that is constantly evolving, then Test cricket is for you. Matches are usually player over five days with two teams given two innings to bat, and two innings to bowl. An innings comprises of 10 wickets, with the batting side looking to pile on the runs, while the bowling team will try to skittle the opposition for as little as possible before the outfits switch. 

The biggest Test series in cricket sees England take on Australia in the Ashes. This is a hotly contest, often bad tempered, always passionate affair in which two of the world's best Test teams lock horns over five Tests. The two teams alternate in touring the other, with matches in England often providing very tight affairs, while England's tours of Australia usually end in the hosts hammering the tourists. Regardless of the score, the fans and players always create a supremely entertaining series, with the Ashes one of the highlights of the sporting calendar. 

Can I Bet In-Play on Cricket?

While sports like football and golf see the odds change constantly, cricket is a sport where the odds seem to be never standing still. Australia could start the day as odds-on to win the first T20 against England, but within the space of six balls, three wickets can fall, seeing Australia's odds drift massively, with England's odds slashed.

Indeed, this means that there is always money to be made betting on a match winner, with a massive underdog able to become the favourite in a matter of an over. The exploits of the likes of Andrew Flintoff and Kevin Pietersen in the Ashes or backing the underdog Pakistan to somehow battle through and win the ICC Champions Trophy in recent years has seen the punters given the chance to win big.

If you aren't a fan of waiting five days to see if your bet comes in, you can utilise markets that have become possible due to online bookmakers. Backing how the next wicket will fall, exactly what will happen with the first ball of the day, or how the first boundary will be scored gives punters the ability to back that gut feeling that has served them well to this point. 

However, if waiting for a five day Test match to end isn't long enough for you, then you can put money on who you think will win a tournament such as the IPL or Champions Trophy. Honestly, there are so many ways to bet, ranging from immediate outcomes to longer bets, meaning that everyone from the impatient to the incredibly relaxed has something they can back. 

You can also help yourself to money-back promotions that are offered by several bookmakers, such as stakes refunded on your Top Batsman selection if he is run out or, alternatively, if he is clean bowled.

And when you have placed your bet, you usually get the chance to watch the match via the bookmaker’s live streaming service.

Bettingpro offers an array of match previews and latest odds pieces ranging from games in the IPL and Ashes, to the odds on Australia's next permanent captain along with free bets, money-back and promotions. If you love to bet on cricket, we have got you covered. 

Who are the best bookmakers for Cricket betting?

Cricket has become an incredibly popular sport to bet on because the markets are constantly changing. As you can bet on anything from the match winner and top batsman to what will happen to the first ball of the day, there is no shortage of potential market to look at, while there are a number of bookmakers that offer different markets too.

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