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The Ashes 2021/22 Betting Guide

What are the Ashes Series?

The first Test match between England and Australia was played in Melbourne, Australia, in 1877, though the Ashes legend started later, after the ninth Test, played in 1882.


The Ashes series is a Test cricket series played between England and Australia that traditionally consists of five Test matches. The team that wins the most Test matches in any given series is regarded as the holders of the Ashes. If the Test series is drawn, the team that currently holds the Ashes retains the trophy.

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The Ashes 2021/22 Schedule

The next Ashes series will take place in Australia, beginning in late 2021. We’ll have the traditional Boxing Day Test before the series comes to its conclusion in January but the exact dates and venues are yet to be announced

The Ashes 2019 Recap

1st Test – Edgbaston

England went into the 2019 Ashes on the back of their tremendous success in the Cricket World Cup.

The happy and confident mood around the team and their Barmy Army didn’t last too long though as some inspired and dogged batting from Australia captain, Steve Smith, saw the tourists take a 1-0 lead at Edgbaston.

2nd Test – Lord’s

Smith was the star of the 1st Test but, unfortunately, it was the weather that took top billing in the 2nd Test.

There is nothing quite like an Ashes Test at Lord’s, the home of cricket, but after no play was possible on the first day of play and the rest of the match was affected by rain it was little surprise that the 2nd Test ended in a draw.

3rd Test – Headingley

By the time the Ashes bandwagon rolled into Headingley it was clear that England were up against it. Victory for Australia would have ensured they retain the Ashes so every England fan was delighted with their start, the bowlers getting rid of Australia for just 179 in the first innings.

The mood changed very quickly after as England were skittled for 67 in less than 28 overs. Australia heaped on the pressure with 246 in their second innings leaving England requiring a miracle to win. Step forward Ben Stokes.

England lost early wickets on day four which had the Australians smelling blood. However, they didn’t count on one of the greatest innings in Test cricket history. Stokes initially defended but as his partners threw their wickets away he realised it was time to go on the attack.

He had to survive some scares but scored 135 not out with Jack Leach just about doing enough to hang about with him. England’s win saw them tie up the series at 1-1.

4th Test – Old Trafford

The hysteria that surrounded Ben Stokes’ heroics in the 3rd Test didn’t last for too long at Old Trafford. Australia won the toss and went into bat on a wicket that didn’t look to hold too many horrors for the batsmen.

The tourists took advantage with Steve Smith – who had just returned having suffered a concussion – putting on 211 of Australia’s 497 runs. To their credit, England batted quite well but their 301 tally was never going to be enough as the pitch deteriorated.

Australia put on a quick 186/6 before sending England into bat and bowling them out comfortably to retain the Ashes.

5th Test – The Oval

Australia may have already had their hands on the Ashes ahead of the 5th Test at the Oval but England were still enthused by the prospect of not losing the series.

England held a fairly slender advantage after both teams’ first innings but some very good batting in the second innings set Australia a tough target which England defended to tie the Ashes 2-2.

The Ashes Betting Offers & Free Bets

Unibet offer their Cricket In-Play ‘Free Bet Weekly Club’, where if you bet on cricket in-play and place at least five £10+ bets at Evens (1/1) odds or greater in a week (Mon-Sun) Unibet will give you a £10 free bet.

With William Hill, when you back a Top Batsman for the Ashes series, pre-tournament, for a £20+ win or £10+ each-way, for each century they score during the period get a £10 free bet.

The Ladbrokes Odds Boost can be used on any Ashes being market and is available to all eligible customers for any bet you like up to once each day, the boost can be applied to enhance odds from the betslip and applies to stakes up to £50, each boost resets at midnight.

The Ashes Tips & Odds

At the time of writing there is still a very long way to go before the 2021/22 Ashes series begins Down Under. Therefore, the Ashes betting odds are subject to significant change.

England’s series win in South Africa at the start of 2020 showed that they are taking a different approach under new head coach Chris Silverwood. They also look to have the makings of a proper top order after the Jason Roy experiment failed in the 2019 Ashes.

That might suggest that England’s odds to win the Ashes are too big to ignore at 3/1 with bet365.

Of course, beating an out of form South Africa team is a very different proposition to facing Australia in Australia in the Ashes. The home side are the worthy favourites in the early Ashes betting at 4/7 with Betway.

Here at we’ll keep you updated with the latest betting markets as they are priced up closer to the start of the 2021/22 Ashes.

These markets include the Correct Score betting and many individual match specific markets. Other Ashes odds to look for include Top Batsmen and Top Bowler.

In terms of Ashes betting tips, home advantage tends to be a big factor these days, with weather conditions and pitch preparation tending to be a major benefit to the host team.

How to watch the Ashes

The Ashes will be available to watch live in the UK on Sky TV and NOW TV.

All the matches are live on Sky Sports Cricket, which in the past has been renamed Sky Sports Ashes for the course of the series. Sky Sports subscribers will also be able to stream the matches via the SkyGo and Sky Sports apps.

Free-to-air highlights of the matches will be available daily during the tournament on Channel 5.

The Ashes Recent Winners

2001EnglandAustralia (4-1)
2002-03AustraliaAustralia (4-1)
2005EnglandEngland (2-1)
2006-07AustraliaAustralia (5-0)
2009EnglandEngland (2-1)
2010-11AustraliaEngland (3-1)
2013EnglandEngland (3-0)
2013-14AustraliaAustralia (5-0)
2015EnglandEngland (3-2)
2017-18AustraliaAustralia (4-0)
2019EnglandDraw (2-2)

The Ashes FAQs

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Where are the 2021/22 Ashes?

The Ashes 2021/22 series will be taking place in Australia, with the venue for the series alternating between the two countries by turn.

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Why is it called the Ashes series?

The term The Ashes originates from a satirical obituary published in The Sporting Life newspaper in 1882, after Australia had beaten England at The Oval – the first time the tourists won a game on English soil.

The piece stated that “the body [of English cricket] will be cremated and the ashes taken to Australia.”

The following Test series was thus dubbed by the media as an attempt to win the ‘ashes’ of cricket back, with the then-England cricket captain Ivo Bligh vowing to “regain those ashes.”

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Who has won the Ashes the most?

Australia has a narrow lead over England with regards to the number of Ashes series won, with 33 wins to 32. There have been five drawn series. The fact that the series is historically so close is one of the reasons why the Ashes is so fiercely competitive.

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What time does the Ashes start?

Subject to weather, play will begin at 11:00 each day during each of the five Test matches in the Ashes series.

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How often are the Ashes played?

The Ashes are played at least once every two years.

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What’s Australia’s Ashes record in England?

In Ashes cricket history, Australia have won 14 of the 35 Ashes series played in England, although they haven’t come home with the urn since 2001 when they won the series 4-1. Winning any Test match series overseas has tended to be more difficult in recent years though, with pitches invariably prepared to suit the home team.

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When was the first Ashes series held?

Although the first Test series contested between England and Australia took place in the 1876–77 season, the Ashes originated from the solitary Test which the two nations contested in 1882.

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Which team has won the most Test matches in Ashes history?

Australia has won 134 of the 330 matches, compared to England's 106 victories.

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Has a team ever won all Test matches in an Ashes series?

On only three occasions has a team won all the Tests in an Ashes series; Australia won all five matches in 1920–21, then repeated the feat in 2006–07 and in 2013–14.

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What’s the longest run of Ashes success?

Both England and Australia have held the Ashes for 8 series in a row, England doing so between 1882–83 and 1890, while Australia achieved the feat from 1989 to 2002–03.

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Who is the highest scoring batsman in Ashes history?

Australia’s Sir Donald Bradman scored a total of 5,028 runs in Ashes Test matches.

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Which bowler has claimed the most wickets in Ashes history?

Australia’s Shane Warne picked up a total of 195 wickets in Ashes Test matches.