This entry was posted on Thursday, November 21st, 2013
Given the dominance England displayed in the 2013 Series it’s a surprise to see Australia as clear favourites for the opening Test in Brisbane which starts in the early hours of Thursday.
England are notoriously slow starters on the road and incredibly they’ve achieved just one win in their last 13 opening away Tests. Added to the fact England have just six wins in Australia since 1987 and just a single victory in Brisbane since 1946, it quickly becomes apparent that history is against England.
Yet for those seemingly doomed statistics and the fact the Aussies are in a much calmer state of affairs then when they arrived on our shores not even since months ago, we still feel England are overpriced.
Whilst Australia have worries over their No 5 and 6 (Steve Smith and George Bailey) and injury fears over the influential Shane Watson and Ryan Harris, the English team is settled. The main uncertainty is a good problem to have – who from Chris Tremlett, Steven Finn and Boyd Rankin partners Stuart Broad and James Anderson in the bowling attack.
If you agree that England are the overall better side you have two choices. Back them at 3.2 to win the Test or lay the Aussies at 2.68. We can’t put you off either.