Cricket Betting: Boyd 10/1 To Be Top Rankin Bowler

Boyd Rankin is 10/1 to finish the series as England's leading wicket-taker
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Ladbrokes make Boyd Rankin just 5/2 to play in the first Ashes Test in November after his call-up to the 17-man England squad.

The bookmakers give him a better chance of making a first Test appearance than the recalled Monty Panesar, who is 10/1 to play.

Rankin is also a 10/1 chance in the top England wicket-taker market leaving Panesar as the 25/1 outsider with Jimmy Anderson (2/1) and Stuart Broad (9/4) favourite and second-favourite respectively.

England are the 6/4 favourites for the first Test and they are evens to win the series, and 1/2 to retain the Ashes.

Ladbrokes are offering 33/1 against an England 5-0 series clean sweep and 50/1 for Australia to repeat their 5-0 whitewash of 2006/7.

Alex Donohue, cricket betting expert at Ladbrokes said: "We're keen to keep Rankin on our side when it comes to top England series wicket-taker. He comes in with a good chance of making an immediate impact."

Ladbrokes latest betting

Ashes 2013/14

Australia 6/4
England evens
Drawn series 9/2

England to retain the Ashes 1/2

England to win 5-0 33/1

Australia to win 5-0 50/1

1st Test

2/1 Australia
6/4 England
2/1 Draw

Boyd Rankin to play in the 1st Test 5/2

Monty Panesar to play in the 1st Test 10/1

Top England Series Runscorer

A Cook 2/1
K Pietersen 7/2
I Bell 9/2
J Trott 9/2
J Root 5/1
J Bairstow 16/1
M Prior 20/1
M Carberry 20/1
G Ballance 20/1
B Stokes 33/1
S Broad 66/1
G Swann 150/1
J Anderson 500/1
M Panesar 500/1
S Finn 500/1
B Rankin 500/1
C Tremlett 500/1

Top England series wicket-taker

J Anderson 2/1
S Broad 9/4
S Finn 7/2
G Swann 7/2
B Rankin 10/1
C Tremlett 10/1
B Stokes 20/1
M Panesar 25/1