Ashes 2010-11: Bookies Hit For Six (Figures)
The Ashes were a resounding success for William Hill punters, with the bookies being hit for six on four of the five tests by insightful punters.
The last Test alone costing Hills an hefty five figure sum. "We were battered almost as drastically as the Aussie bowlers and batsmen," said Hill's spokesman Joe Crilly, "but we have had 24 years to save up for such an outcome."
Despite having Australia at 8/11 before the series started, the power of the patriotic pound proved to be the undoing for Hills as the series proved fruitless for Australia. The 3-1 England victory before the series started was 10/1 with Hills.
Alastair Cook was England's top run scorer during the Ashes, a market for which he was 6/1 to win before the series started. He is 4/1 to continue his fine fettle into 2011 and be England's top Test run scorer this year.
England are now 4/5 to win the Twenty 20 series, and 10/11 to win the first T20 match on the 12th. England are also the 9/2 joint second favourites to win the ICC World Cup and despite their abject Ashes performance, Australia are the same price. India are the 7/2 favourites.
The Ashes look set to stay in England after the 2013 series holders priced at 8/13 to retain it once more. Australia are 11/4 to win in 2013 with 4/1 the price for the draw. Hills are offering 12/1 that Australia do not regain the Ashes until 2021.
You Bet An Ashes Star Will Win Sports Personality
England's triumphant Ashes winners have been installed as favourites to win the BBC Sports Personality Of The Year 'Team of the Year' award in 2011. William Hill have made Strauss' men 1/6 , ahead of the next closest competitor, England Rugby Union Side, at 12/1.
Andrew Strauss is the current 14/1 joint fourth favourite to win the individual award, while spin king Graeme Swann and record breaking Alastair Cook are both priced at 33/1. Any England Ashes player to win the award is priced at 9/2.
"The Ashes victory has finally given Brits something to cheer following a relatively disappointing 2010. The team seem certs already for the collective award, but the victory may have come too early in the year for one of the stars to pick up the main title," said Hill's spokesman Joe Crilly.
Andy Murray is currently Hill's 9/2 favourite to win BBC Sports Personality Of The Year 2011, while David Haye is 6/1 and Lewis Hamilton is 10/1. Lee Westwood is the same price as Strauss at 14/1.
William Hill Cricket Odds:
Ashes 2013: 8/13 England; 11/4 Australia; 4/1 Draw
When Will Australia Next Win The Ashes: 2/1 2014-15; 11/4 2013; 7/2 2018-19; 6/1 Any Other; 7/1 2017; 10/1 2022-23; 12/1 2021
First T20: 10/11 Australia; 10/11 England
England/Australia T20 Series Outright: 4/5 England; 1/1 Australia
2011 ICC World Cup: 7/2 India; 9/2 England; 9/2 Sri Lanka; 9/2 Australia; 9/2 South Africa; 8/1 Pakistan; 20/1 West Indies; 20/1 New Zealand; 50/1 Bangladesh; 200/1 Zimbabwe; 500/1 Ireland; 1000/1 Canada; 1000/1 Holland; 1000/1 Kenya
William Hill Sports Personality Of The Year 2011 Odds:
9/2 Andy Murray; 6/1 David Haye; 10/1 Lewis Hamilton; 14/1 Lee Westwood; 14/1 Andrew Strauss; 20/1 Amir Khan; 20/1 Jessica Ennis; 25/1 Rory McIlroy; 33/1 Alastair Cook; 33/1 Graeme Swann; 33/1 Phil Taylor; 33/1 Jenson Button; 40/1 Ben Youngs; 40/1 Paul Scholes; 40/1 Wayne Rooney; 40/1 Graeme McDowell; 40/1 Ian Poulter; 40/1 Lewis Moody; 40/1 Mark Cavendish; 40/1 Tony McCoy; 40/1 Tom Daley; 40/1 Tom Croft; 40/1 Ian Bell; 50/1 BAR
Other Cricketers SPOTY: 50/1 Jonathon Trott; 66/1 Kevin Pietersen; 66/1 Paul Collingwood; 66/1 James Anderson; 66/1 Stuart Broad
SPOTY Team of the Year: 1/6 England Cricket Team; 12/1 England Rugby Union Team; 33/1 Tottenham; 33/1 Man Utd; 50/1 Ireland Rugby Union Team; 66/1 Wales Rugby Union Team; 66/1 Arsenal; 80/1 Scotland Rugby Union Team; 100/1 Chelsea