England 8/13 for Ashes triumph

  • By: Andy Schooler
  • Last Updated: December 17 2012, 11:50 GMT

England are no better than 8/13 to win next summer's Ashes series following their historic Test triumph in India.

Alastair Cook: The new skipper led England to victory in India
Alastair Cook: The new skipper led England to victory in India

Alastair Cook's men completed a 2-1 series victory on Monday when they drew the final Test in Nagpur, becoming the first England team to win a Test campaign in India for 28 years.

Cook, captaining England for the first time at Test level, and co had drifted to 16/1 after losing the first Test.

Attention now begins to turn towards next summer's Ashes in England.

The hosts are currently general 8/13 shots, with Australia - recently beaten at home by South Africa - largely unfancied.

Sky Bet saw fit to push the Aussies out to 3/1 following England's impressive performances in India. They are now joint top price alongside William Hill.

A drawn series is a general 5/1 shot.

England only need to draw the five-match series to retain the Ashes and they are just 1/4 (general) to keep their grip on the famous urn.

Before tackling Australia, England first face New Zealand away in March (three Tests) and the same opponents at home in May (two Tests). The Ashes series starts in July.

In the immediate future, England play India in a two-match Twenty20 series, one which starts on Thursday.

They are 9/2 to win the series with Ladbrokes, while the hosts are 6/4 at Boylesports. Both firms, and Sky Bet, offer a drawn series at 11/10.