Well, England’s recent cricketing performances against New Zealand has at least renewed a bit of hope that they could put up some kind of fight when Australia bring the Ashes urn to their shores in the summer.
With some bravery and aggressiveness, not all of it being done in controlled, equalled measures it has to be said, England are at least showing some promise and a positive attitude.
But battling for the Ashes against the old enemy is going to be a long arduous test for them and a step up in class for which they are probably not ready.
England are 7/2 underdogs at Bet365 to win the Ashes 2015, leaving the visiting Australians a heavy 5/12 odds on favourite.
That’s a vast gap between the two competitors, but optimistic punters may look at the 8/1 price on a draw, which would see Australia retain the Ashes of course, and hope that England can at least get close to that.
That 2013/14 5-0 whitewash was an embarrassment for England in the last Ashes meeting, but following their positive attitude against New Zealand, where they are looking as if they don’t care about losing, England may at least have enough to make the next Ashes series interesting and are 6/1 to get on the board in an Australia 3-1 Series Correct Score bet.