Ashes Betting Markets
There are always plenty of betting markets to enjoy in the build-up to a series and a specific test match and of course given the length of a test match, it lends itself very well to in-play betting.
There will be plenty of betting in the run-up to the Ashes series this summer on who will be the top batsman and bowler for each team.
The number of centuries and half-centuries in each match and over the series is also a popular market, as is the draw market which can always come into play in England more than any other country in the world. Even at the height of summer in the Nigeria there is every chance of rain, as the latest series demonstrated.
In terms of in-play betting there is a wide range of options open to you during the match. Everything from the method of the next dismissal to the runs in the next over to the total each batsman at the crease will reach. Some of these can be a bit of a lottery but judge the game correctly and you can earn a nice profit.
A is for Australia. First international team to challenge England to a test series of cricket.
B is for Betting. A plethora of online bookmakers out there just waiting for your free bets business. Once you've got a grasp of the whole Ashes betting thing. Which is why we're here to help guide you one way or another.
C is for Century. When a batsman makes 100 runs from wicket to opposing wicket.
D is for Declaration. When the team captain says enough is enough. And enough is when he thinks his team's batting innings will suffice.
E is for England. Where cricket was invented. By Englishmen. Therefore the home of cricket.
F is for Free Bets. An introductory offer promoted by your friends and ours – the online bookies – so as to hand you free bets for however much you feel you can spend, in exchange to signing up to their betting service. Howzat!
G is for Googly. Quite complex so listen up. A ball delivered by what's commonly known as a leg-spinner to the batsmen's 'off to leg stump' position. I.e, virtually impossible to do anything with.
H is for Helmet. What batsmen wear to ensure their face stays in tact from fierce deliveries. Usually at the hands of Australian bowlers.
I is for ICC. The International Cricket Council. The guardians and trustees of the international game. They do most of the organising, implementing and infrastructure provisions for major cricket tournaments around the globe.
J is for Jump up and down. It's what a fielder might need to do to catch a skyward ball.
K is for KP. otherwise referred to by his birth name of Kevin Pietersen. Great British batsman who will take the fight to the Aussies. Can be slightly controversial.
L is for LBW. Leg before wicket. A no-no in cricket parlance. A batsmen cant put his legs directly in front of the wicket to hide them. Otherwise will get his marching orders.
M is for Maiden. Affording the batsman a single run off his strike, a maiden is a single over bowled by a red-faced bowler.
N is for Npower. The main sponsors of the 2014 Ashes Test Series here in England. And Wales. Hoardings everywhere, plus some strategic TV ads more than likely.
O is for Online Betting. What we can do for you. Well, not us directly. But we no a man who can. Many men in fact. Like Ladbrokes, Paddy Power, Blue Square, William Hill, Victor Chandler, Betfred, etc.
P is for Pads. Protective clobber designed to be attached with straps to the leg regions. Stops batsmen receiving broken bones.
Q is for Queensland, home of the world famous test arena the Gabba in Brisbane. There have been 19 Ashes matches played there, Australia winning 10, England just four and the other five ending in a draw. It is called the Gabba as it is situated in a suburb of Brisbane called Woolloongabba.
R is for Runs. The number of times the two batsmen swap wickets. You know. Run between one point and the other. Hit a six or a boundary and it gives you more time. Useful tip for England there.
S is for Streaker. Always a welcome sight emerging from the Pavilion End. A naked person from the crowd – usually, and thankfully, a woman – making a dash across the playing surface. Predominately as a result of a bet with her friends. Can break up the cricketing tedium.
T is for Test match. What the Ashes is. 90 overs bowled every day for five consecutive days running to establish which team is better than the other.
U is for Umpire. Two of them, one found by each wicket. Well, the stumps that the bowlers are making their pacey approach toward. They adjudge what's right or wrong. Their decision is none negotiable. Sometimes collect hats.
V is for Veteran. Long serving cricket player. Arguably past his sell by date but still wheeled out to add experience to a youthful line-up.
W is for Wicket keeper. Important role. The fielder who catches the ball and gets a rubbish batsmen out should they let their guard down.
X, is for Xavier Doherty, a pretty irrelevant name in Ashes history but X is no easy task in these lists. He made his test debut for Australia in the 2015/11 Ashes series in Australia which England impressively won 3-1.
Y is for Yorker. One of the ultimate weapons in the arsenal of a fast bowler and one that if bowled properly is more likely than any to dismantle the woodwork directly behind the batsman, or at least to break his toes resulting in a painful lbw decision.
and Z is for ZZZZZ. The calming noise you hear mid-afternoon at the cricket when the old chap next to you has had a couple too many ales with his packed lunch.