Betting: can Joe Root be England’s saviour?

Yorkshire's Joe Root, right.
Yorkshire's Joe Root, right.
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The Ashes get under way in Cardiff next week and Sheffield’s Joe Root is the bookies’ favourite with the bat.

Root has a game that suits a high-pressure atmosphere and so it’s hardly surprising to see him rated at just 11/4 by Winner.com to be England’s top scorer with the bat, although Ben Stokes (9/1, William Hill) is also set to attract cash. For the tourists, Steven Smith is the choice at 9/4 with Skybet.

England are underdogs at 4/1 (Paddy Power) to reclaim the Urn. The Baggy Greens arrive as Stan James’s 2/5 jollies with Mitchell Johnson – England’s tormentor-in-chief in the last Series, rediscovering his form.

There seems to be some disagreement amongst bookies regarding the likely extent of an Aussies success, with a crushing 4-0 scoreline favoured amongst some but chalked up at 7/1 by Winner.com and 3-1 considered more realistic elsewhere; bet365’s 15/2 about the latter probably appeals more in terms of value. Alternatively, punters expecting England to cause an upset can tackle Skybet’s 16/1 about them shading it 2-1 and betway mark 8/1 against the series ending all square.

Next week’s First Test at the SWALEC Stadium is even money at Ladbrokes to go the way of Michael Clarke’s side, bet365 consider England to be 3/1 chances and it’s 9/4 with Stan James to prove inconclusive in South Wales; the famous British weather potentially a pivotal factor in that kind of wager.

*Lewis Hamilton holds a ten-point lead from team mate Nico Rosberg going into this weekend’s British Grand Prix. The pair have traded victories of late with the German coming out on top in Austria last time out it’s Hamilton that gets the nod on home soil, Stan James quoting the Brit at 4/7 at Silverstone, where Rosberg is 15/8 (BetVictor).

Hamilton is also odds-on, this time at 8/15 with Paddy Power, to claim pole position and the two Mercedes drivers are 4/9 at Ladbrokes to occupy the first couple of places on the podium.

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