Ashes Betting Offers & Free Bets 2019
It is England’s turn to host the 71st Ashes series, which will be played a little later than usual in August and September of 2019 to accomodate the new test World Cup. The Ashes dates back to 1882 and remarkably after 70 test series is almost square, with England on 32 wins, 33 loses and 5 draws.
Fitting therefore that the 2019 test series should be one of the most even, on paper at least, for a long time. Then again the said that last time in 2017-18 and Australia battered England 4-0 down under. The final result will depend on which England and Australia teams we see. Will it be the world beaters of test cricket or the teams of late that regularly witness top order collapses?
Whatever the answer this is sure to be an exciting series, one we very much doubt will produce a whitewash for either side. As always we have filtered the best betting promotions for the event to help you get the best value, either outright or in play. Further down you can also find details on scheduling, stats and history.
Latest Ashes Free Bets and Other Offers
Place a £10 live in-play bet on any Ashes match at Edgbaston, Lord's, Headingley, Old Trafford and The Oval at 2/5+ odds and once your bet settles get a £5 free bet, valid 7 days for use on any sports.
This offer is not time limited, i.e. you can bet at any time from the start of a test until the final ball, not all in a single day as you see with similar offers from other bookies below. Customers are only eligible to claim one free token per game, cashed out bets won't qualify and bets must be singles.
Unibet are big on cricket and are active sponsors of the game, their markets are therefore deep and good value. They are also running an in-play bet club alongside this offer if you like to place several bets in-play this can add further value to your wagers.
Format and Schedule
To begin with there was not set limit on the length of an Ashes series, which in history has varied from one test up to six. From 1998 onwards however the series has always been five tests.
In very basic terms tests are played over a period of up to five days each, with each team having up to two batting innings along with up to two attempts to bowl the other team out.
Each batting innings comprises of 10 wickets, once the other team has taken ten wickets (through bowling or otherwise) the innings is over and the other team bats. Teams can also declare and end their innings at any time even if they have wickets remaining.
The team that cumulatively has the highest score after 20 wickets over two innings in declared the winner of that test. Should no result be reached in five days (through rain delays or otherwise) the test is considered a draw.
The final series winner is the team that wins the most of the five test matches. The Ashes can also be drawn, but for this to happen at least one test must be a draw.
Ashes series in England happen in a single year during the summer months of July and August (usually). As Australia is in the southern hemisphere their summer occurs in December and January, which is why Ashes series are played over two years when Australia host.
2019 Ashes Test Match Schedule
|Third||22nd-26th August||Leeds, Yorkshire||Headingley|
|Fourth||4th-8th September||Manchester||Old Trafford|
|Fifth||12th-16th September||London||The Oval|
|Venue||Home Team||Capacity||Opened||First Aus v Eng Test|
All Time Ashes Records
|Eng Series W/D/L||Aus Series W/D/L||Eng Tests W/D/L||Aus Tests W/D/L|
|All Series||32 / 5 / 33||33 / 5 / 32||106 / 89 / 130||134 / 90 / 106|
|Series in England||18 / 3 / 14||14 / 3 / 18||50 / 65 / 48||48 / 65 / 50|
|Series in Australia||14 / 2 / 19||19 / 2 / 14||56 / 25 / 86||86 / 25 / 56|
You will notice form the table above how many more test matches have historically been drawn when played in England compared Australia.
This is largely due to the reduced chances of weather affecting play in the Australian summer and something that you should consider when betting.
Previous Series Results (Since 1998)
The table above displays Ashes test series results since 1998 when the tournament was standardised at 5 tests.
No team has been particularity dominant over the last 20 years, with both winning a fairly equal 5 or 6 series each.
Other Statistics and Trivia
|Australia Centuries||264 (23 Over 200)|
|England Centuries||212 (10 Over 200)|
|Aus 10 Wicket Hauls||41 Times|
|Eng 10 Wicket Hauls||38 Times|
|Aus Time Ashes Held||78 Years 6 Months|
|Eng Time Ashes Held||53 Years 6 Months|
Data current up 2015.
Ashes 2017/18: Aussie’s Nearly Whitewash England
Despite early talk of the 2017/18 Ashes series in Australia being evenly matched it didn’t really turn out that way. England had a decent start to 2017 although in reality they were only beating mediocre teams, when faced with the challenge of beating Australia at home this proved far beyond the current team.
Although issues such as Ben Stokes not being able to play due to an ongoing police investigation and Moeen Ali’s persistent injuries didn’t help England’s cause it is unlikely it would have made a difference had both players been fully available. No one England player played exceptionally badly but then no player stepped up to wicket with a commanding performance.
Only during the 4th test did England demonstrate any resilience, with a draw in Melbourne that perhaps would have won if not for the rain.
Joe Root maintained a good command despite the resounding defeat and without his leadership the story could have been even worse. Root will likely still be captain in 2019 and will be looking to avenge his first major failure as captain. Trevor Bayliss will also remain in place, retiring after the 2019 Ashes series.
The 18 months between the series will be critical for England who need to first and foremost sort out their top batting order. This may mean Cook taking a back step and a new breed of players coming in. The bowling line up will also be looked at with many now realising Anderson and Broad cannot be relied on forever.
Who will win the 2019 series in anybody’s guess, but it looks like England will have to make the majority of improvement to compete with the likes of Smith, Marsh and Starc on home soil.
History of The Ashes
The first test between England and Australia was played in 1877 and this, along with the following 8 tests, had nothing to do with the Ashes.
In 1882 Australia played England in a single test at the Oval. England who were in a commanding position went on to collapse in the second innings, gifting victory to Australia in front of an astonished Oval crowd. How could England be beaten in their own country by an Imperial colony many thought?
The ensuing reaction in the press suggested English cricket had died on that day and an accompanying obituary stated the ‘The body will be cremated and the ashes taken to Australia‘.
Later that year on a tour of Australia (1882-83) the England captain, Ivo Bligh, promised he would ‘recover those ashes’ for England. The magazine Punch stated Ivo would ‘come back with the urn’ and in humour Lady Clarke found a small urn, burnt a bail, put the ashes inside and presented those to Ivo.
The true origin of the ashes is however shrouded in mystery with several competing stories, another states that the ashes were presented to England by a group of Melbourne ladies following a defeat in 1883.
Either way the name came and went in popularity. It was revived for the 1903 test when the then Australia captain, Pelham Warner, vowed to regain ‘the ashes’. The media again latched onto the name and from then on it became the unofficial name for England v Australia test match series.
It was only upon the death of Ivo Bligh (now Lord Darnley) in 1927 that the urn became public knowledge. The terracotta urn, believed to be a perfume jar originally, was presented to the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC). It is now on permanent display in their museum.
Due to the frailty of the ashes, the urn has only actually visited Australia twice. The urn held aloft by the Ashes victors is always a replica.
Whether the Ashes on display in the MCC museum are ‘real’, and whether the story of their origin is true, is largely unknown. What does matter is the symbolic nature of the ashes and the added importance and history they give to the test series between England and Australia.