England favs for next Ashes

  • By: Andy Schooler
  • Last Updated: January 5 2014, 14:51 GMT

England have been installed as favourites to win the 2015 Ashes despite their humiliating 5-0 series defeat in Australia.

Alastair Cook: Expected to continue as England captain
Alastair Cook: Expected to continue as England captain

The tourists' whitewash was confirmed on Sunday when Australia clinched a 281-run victory in Sydney by dismissing England for just 166 in fewer than 32 overs.

The old rivals will next meet in England in 2015 - a series for which England are 6/5 favourites with William Hill. bet365 offer just evens about a home win. The Australians can be backed at 6/4 with bet365.

Ladbrokes and Sky Bet, however, have the series as a pick 'em affair - ther former have both sides at 5/4 the latter go 6/5. Ladbrokes also offer 50/1 that Australia win 5-0 again.

bet365 spokesman Steve Freeth said: "England will have plenty of time to regroup after being embarrassed in Australia and we make them favourites for 2015 where conditions are likely to be more favourable."

Following England's disastrous series, the future of several of their key personnel is under question with the bookies only to happy to offer markets on what happens next to the likes of captain Alastair Cook and coach Andy Flower.

The layers feel Cook will be staying as captain - Ladbrokes have him at just 1/4 to lead England into that 2015 Ashes series. Stuart Broad is next in the betting at 4/1.

Cook, Joe Root, Ian Bell, Ben Stokes, Stuart Broad, James Anderson are all odds-on to start the first Test of that series with Ladbrokes, but the future of Kevin Pietersen is in question - he's evens to play in the game.

Wicketkeeper Matt Prior, who lost his place during this winter's series, is out at 3/1, while opener Michael Carberry is even longer odds at 4/1.

William Hill focus on Engand's next Test series - a two-Test clash with Sri Lanka which starts in June.

Cook is 4/9 (from 1/3) to captain England in the first game of that series, while Flower is 8/13 to still be in charge and 6/5 to have left his position by then.

Prior is 8/11 to play in the game (evens not to) and Pietersen is 1/4 to be in the line-up (11/5 not to).

"After such a terrible series you would expect a few heads to roll and we believe that it will be touch and go for both Cook and Flower," Hill's spokesman Rupert Adams.

In the immediate future, England must regroup for the forthcoming one-day international series in Australia which starts next Sunday.

However, the odds suggest that could be another chastening experience with Australia a best of 5/11 (Unibet, 888sport) to win the five-match campaign.

England can be backed at 15/8 with Sky Bet, who have another 5-0 whitewash at 7/1.

  • Posted at 1200 GMT on 05/01/2014.