By Josh Powell – The Ashes 2013
Andy Murray won Wimbledon, the Lions won the test series down under, and three English ladies are in the top 5 of FHM’s Top 100 2013.
British sport is well and truly on top of the world – just don’t mention the footy – and now it is up to England’s cricketers to continue the mauling of other nations as they look to retain the Ashes for the third time on the spin.
The odds certainly suggest that England will beat the Aussies, and Paddy Power is so convinced he’s already forked out on them to retain the tiny urn.
At odds of 2/5 the three lions are expected to comfortably see off Australia over the next five test matches but completely writing off the Baggy Green’s before the first ball probably isn’t the wisest move.
Punters are finding value in picking out the top wicket takers this series, so instead of taking the risk of offending the entire cast of Home and Away with some firm Aussie-bashing, here are five fast bowlers that could decide the Ashes 2013.
James Anderson, England
7/4 – Top England Series wicket taker
England’s man in form, Jimmy has the ability to break more Australian hearts than Kylie Minogue. The amount of swing he puts on the ball boggles the mind and he is, at times, unplayable at the crease.
- 82 test matches – Bowling average 30.14
- 13 test matches v Australia – Bowling average 38.53
- 46 test matches in England – Bowling average 27.08
Peter Siddle, Australia
7/2 – Top Australia Series wicket taker
The Australian version of the Duracell Bunny, Siddle will keep bowling all day. He is no stranger to the big stage and in the 2009 Ashes he took six wickets for just 54 runs in the opening test.
- 41 test matches – Bowling average 28.84
- 10 test matches v England – Bowling average 32.35
- 5 test matches in England – Bowling average 30.80
Stuart Broad, England
10/3 – Top England Series wicket taker
Broad took five wickets for just 37 runs in the final and decisive Ashes test of 2009 at the Oval, picking up the Man of the Match award as he became England’s leading wicket-taker in the series. He might need wrapping up in cotton wool to keep him fit but will have the Aussies worrying with the pace of his bouncers.
- 57 test matches – Bowling average 30.93
- 7 test matches v Australia – Bowling average 35.25
- 31 test matches in England – Bowling average 27.51
Graeme Swann, England
9/4 – Top England Series wicket taker
Australia had their pants pulled down a few months ago when India unleashed a spin bowler on them so Swanny will be licking his lips ahead of this Ashes series. Home advantage and dry pitches could see England defy physics with this ball.
- 52 test matches – Bowling average 28.50
- 10 test matches v Australia – Bowling average 40.13
- 27 test matches in England – Bowling average 28.91
James Pattinson, Australia
11/4 – Top Australia Series wicket taker
Tipped up by some of the traders in Power Tower as the most exciting young talent out of Australia since Men At Work. Apparently their cricket knowledge is slightly better than their music taste and Pattinson is a big danger to England.
- 10 test matches – Bowling average 23.37
- 4 test matches away from home – Bowling average 29.00