Having batted and battered Australia into submission, England opener Alistair Cook is 40/1 with bookie Paddy Power to provide the ultimate kick in the teeth for beleaguered Aussies and break their revered Don Bradman’s record for the most runs in an Ashes Series.
The great Bradman scored 974 runs in the 1930 Ashes series, a record feasibly within Cook’s sights with 450 runs on the board and the series yet to reach its half way mark. Paddy Power also offer 14/1 for Cook to break the English record for most runs in an Ashes series – the 905 scored by Wally Hammond in 1928-29.
England, who are now just 10/1 ON to retain The Ashes are 2/5 to win it outright with the Aussies 11/2 for what looks like being an unlikely comeback. And Andrew Strauss’ boys are 6/4 to win the third Ashes Test – a victory which almost unimaginably would see them retain the famous urn in Perth with two matches still to be played.
Darren Haines, spokesman for Paddy Power, said about the latest cricket odds: “As the betting reflects, The Ashes are now England’s to lose and it’s hard to see how Ricky Ponting is going to reverse his team’s decline. Cook could well rub further salt into Australian wounds by taking the legendary Bradman’s record for most runs – the only problem in his pursuit might be if England keep handing out innings defeats and Cook doesn’t get to bat in any second innings.”
Paddy Power Ashes Betting Latest
14/1 Alastair Cook to break Wally Hammond's English record of 905 runs in an Ashes series, achieved in 1928-29.
40/1 Alastair Cook to break Don Bradman’s record of 974 runs in an Ashes series, in 1930
1/10 England to retain The Ashes
11/2 Australia to regain The Ashes
Correct Series Score
10/1 England 4-0
11/2 England 3-0
7/1 England 3-1
9/2 England 2-0
11/4 England 2-1
16/1 England 1-0
6/1 Draw 1-1
10/1 Draw 2-2
25/1 Australia 3-1
9/1 Australia 2-1
3rd Ashes Test - Perth
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