19th Nov 2013 | Cricket
Ashes Batting Tips: Michael Clarke
Averages over 88 runs per match on home soil, 13 runs better than the next best Australian.
On paper England have the stronger batting line-up. The likes of Cook, Pietersen and Trott all average around 80 runs per match. Ian Bell lags behind on 69.75 but can’t be written off after accumulating 562 runs during the summer. These numbers all look good for England supporters but from a betting perspective they are best avoided.
No player in the Australian squad is within 10 runs of either number, which shows just how important Clarke is to the team.
Guaranteed to play every Test match, barring his back injury flaring up, Clarke should get plenty of opportunities at the crease and at 5/2 (Betfred) he must be backed to be Australia’s leading run scorer during the series.