19th Nov 2013 | Cricket

Ashes Batting Preview

We compare the two battling lineups before the first Ashes Test gets underway in the early hours of Thursday morning.

The bookmakers expect the two captains to lead from the front. Alastair Cook and Michael Clarke are favourites to be the leading run scorers for their respective sides and that looks a reasonable bet based on the statistics.

England Batting Statistics
england batting averages

Australia Batting Statistics
australia batting averages

Alastair Cook plundered 766 runs in the 2010-11 Ashes series and is 10/3 (Sportingbet) to be England’s leading run scorer again. However, Kevin Pietersen and Jonathan Trott should have a say in the matter, both averaging close to 80 runs per match.

Despite his troublesome back, Michael Clarke is the key man for Australia. His batting record is head and shoulders above that of his teammates and his record on home turf is exceptional. Clarke averages over 88 runs per match in Australia and is 5/2 (Betfred) to top the charts for his team.

Shane Watson was Australia’s leading run-scorer during the English summer and is 9/2 (Bet365) to repeat the feat.

Australian Series Leading Runs Scorer: Michael Clarke 5/2 with Betfred
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Odds correct at time of publishing: 15:14 19th Nov, 2013 but subject to change

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