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Tuesday, 06 August 2013 11:19

England draw and retain the Ashes

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England retain the Ashes with a draw at Old Trafford, as the rain made sure Australia never had a chance.

Australia went into this game at Old Trafford two games down in the series, and a total six test defeats in a row. However, they did show great resolve and belief as they had an outstanding performance in the hope of winning the Ashes. In the end, even when England did lose their way in the third Test, the rain came their rescue and forced a draw. A draw is enough to retain the Ashes as England are the present holders, and even if Australia were to win the last two games and draw the series, the team who has the Ashes keeps the trophy. Online sports betting fans need not worry as there are still loads of markets to choose from and In-Play betting at bet365.

Although England were the better team over the course of the series, but from a neutral’s perspective, it was a real shame the rain came into play, as there is very little doubt that the momentum was with the visitors and most likely would have gone on the win the third test. However, although the Ashes is lost, Australia still have a lot to play for - pride and more importantly, their supporters. Michael Clarke’s team will want to now go on and prove to everyone that Australia are not as bad as pundits make them out to be.

England on the other hand will want to finish strong and underline their dominance in a competition that they have now won four out of five times. Now that all the silly talk of a whitewash has disappeared, the hosts can now focus as they know now Australia will be no pushovers going into the last two games. Betting on the rest of the series is still available at bet365, with Series Handicap, Top Bowler and Top Batsman just a few of the markets available. I quite fancy MJ Clarke to finish up the series as Top Batsman, and priced at 6/4 it’s well worth the gamble.