Ashes Free Bets
Other countries may debate the notion but for the English and the Australians the Ashes is the biggest event in cricket. The two nations have been competing in the test cricket arena since the late 19th century and competition has always been fierce with a remarkably even record between the teams over the many years they have been facing off.
Betting on the 2017-18 Ashes
It's first blood to Australia in the Ashes as they won the first test in Brisbane by 10 wickets. With a target of just 170 in order to claim victory, the hosts raced to claim the 56 runs they required in under an hour as they ran up a second innings total of 173-0. David Warner hit 87 not out whilst his opening partner Cameron Bancroft was also unbeaten on 82.
For the first three days it has been a close contest between the sides but England's lacklustre showing in the second innings allowed the Aussies to take control of proceedings. Having been bowled out for 195, the tourists were always going to be vulnerable after day three with Alastair Cook scoring a combined total of just nine runs, highlighting England's problems.
The margin of the victory was perhaps somewhat misleading given how closely fought this encounter had been prior to day four but England will need to pick themselves up ahead of the second test in Adelaide which will get underway on the 2nd December.
Adelaide is the ground where it is largely considered to be the venue in which England have the best chance of success. The day-night test in Adelaide should bring more movement in what should be helpful to England's bowlers who lack the requisite pace.
Despite the optimism surrounding England's chances as they make the 2,000 km journey south, the bookmakers have Australia as the odds-on favourites to go 2-0 in the series.
Series Results and Schedule
First test - 23rd-27th November - The Gabba, Brisbane - Australia won by 10 wickets
Second test - 2nd-6th December - Adelaide Oval, Adelaide
Third test - 14th-18th December - WACA Ground, Perth
Fourth test - 26th-30th December - MCG, Melbourne
Fifth test - 4th-8th January - Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney
What to use your free Ashes bet on
The most popular markets are, predictably, around the series winner. Odds on who will retain the Ashes each series also get plenty of attnetion but with such short odds it can be hard to find value there.
But fear not because there are chances to maxmise your Ashes free bet. Betting interest in the series has become hugely popular over the last few years and bookmakers routinely offer a host of betting markets for every Test match, including top batsman, top bowler and of course the individual Test match result.
The bookies also offer several betting markets and specials for the series as a whole and there is sure to be massive interest from the sporting public for the upcoming series. The betting is always tight for competitive fixtures between these two giants of the world of cricket and neither England or Australia will want to give an inch.
There will also be several free bet and specials offers to take advantage of during the Ashes Series and some of the most popular markets include betting on who will finish the series as top batsman and top bowler, as well as on the series correct score.
There are obvious star players on each side such as the likes of Joe Root and Steve Smith who will be favourites to perform well, but knowing how other players get on in the warm-up matches or in limited over games could give you the edge in the betting.
Other markets that you'll be able to use your free Ashes bet on will include:
- Top runscorer (overall and for each country)
- Top wicket taker (overall and for each side)
- Correct Series score
- Player of the Series
- How many runs individual players will score
- Number of wickets taken by individual players
- And lots more
How to get hold of your Ashes free bet
Keep your eyes out on FREEbets.org.uk for all the Ashes-related free bet offers that will pop up in the run up to the series, which will be found in one easy page at the top of this page.
Once you have picked the bet you want it is all about finding which bookmaker will give you the best value for the bet. Our Ashes Betting page will give you some tips in terms of good value odds ahead of each match but if you want to pick a bookmaker yourself simply click on one of the links on the right of this page to head over to their website.
On arrival signing up for the bookie is a straight forward process and then follow the various instructions to be able to cash in your free bets. Some bookies provide them with no deposit, others require a settled bet first before you can use your free bet, again all these details are on the links on the right of the page.
When your free bet is ready to go, click on the odds you want and cash it in on the betting slip and sit back and enjoy the action.
Why is it called The Ashes?
Way, way back in 1882, the Australian cricket team travelled to The Oval and won their first ever Test on English soil. After such a shock defeat, a satirical obituary was published in British newspaper The Sporting Times, claiming English cricket was dead. It added that the body will be cremated and the ashes taken to Australia.
Obviously, no such thing actually happened, but the mythical ashes immediately became associated with the 1882/83 series played in Australia, before which the English captain Ivo Bligh had vowed to "regain those ashes". As a result, the English media dubbed the tour the 'quest to regain the Ashes'.
England managed to twin two of the three Tests on the tour and a small urn was presented to Blight by a witty group of Australian women, one of which Bligh would go on to marry a year later. He really liked that urn! The contents of the urn are reputed to be the ashes of a wooden bail, and were humorously described as "the ashes of Australian cricket".
There have been 69 Ashes series over the years since the first contest back in 1982 and the teams are dead level in terms of wins with 32 each and five drawn series. England were behind in the count for a number of years but after three successive victories from 2009 until the summer of 2013, they evened things up.
However, in the second of two Ashes series held in 2013, Australia hosted and won the series five test matches to nil. This was the third time Australia has completed a clean sweep (or "whitewash") in Ashes history, a feat never matched by England.
England were able to level things up once again when they won the 2015 series with two victories and three draws. So with the 2017-18 series looming on the horizon, who will once again take the overall lead?
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