Following a great start to the season, bookies William Hill have slashed the odds of Ian Bell starting at number three for the first Ashes test from 8/1 to 7/2. That said Shah is the 6/4 favourite with Michael Vaughan also ahead of Bell at 7/2.
"As Ian Bell said it is all about who is getting the runs and he is off to a great start," said Hill's spokesman Rupert Adams.
Who Will Bat At Number Three First Ashes Test?: 6/4 Owais Shah, 2/1 Michael Vaughan, 7/2 Ian Bell, 12/1 Ravi Bopara, 16/1 Rob Key
England 1st Ball in The Ashes?: 11/10 Jimmy Anderson, 3/1 Stuart Broad, 5/1 Steve Harmison, 6/1 Andrew Flintoff, 7/1 Ryan Sidebottom, 16/1 Amjad Khan, 20/1 Saj Mahmood, 25/1 Liam Plunkett