2015 Ashes too close to call

  • Last Updated: January 5 2014, 16:17 GMT

Sky Bet make the next Ashes series a pick 'em affair following England's 5-0 defeat in Australia.

Alastair Cook's men are 7/1 to suffer another 5-0 loss in the ODI series
Alastair Cook's men are 7/1 to suffer another 5-0 loss in the ODI series

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 each side has been priced up at 6/5. A drawn five-Test campaign is rated a 5/1 chance.

Sky Bet trader Tom Warburton said: "Australia's bowling unit is going from strength to strength, key players with huge potential were missing from the 5-0 romp, whilst England's attack - heavily dependent on Anderson - is ageing and not showing the same potential.

"This could be key going into the 2015 series."

Australia are 33/1 shots to win that series 5-0.

Following England's disastrous series, the future of several of their key personnel is under question and so Sky Bet have priced up the likelihood of some of their stars playing in their next Test match - at home to Sri Lanka in June.

Kevin Pietersen (1/5), Gary Ballance and Monty Panesar (both 8/13) are all odds-on to play in that game.

However, Jonny Bairstow (6/5), Michael Carberry (2/1), Boyd Rankin and Scott Borthwick (both 7/2) - all of whom played in the final-Test horror show in Sydney - are all rated odds-against to keep their place.

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 2/5 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 1600 GMT on 05/01/2014.