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Nic Ladds 3rd Jul 2009 - 14:05

Johnson looks ready to rip through England

Amongst a host of exciting markets William Hill are offering on The Ashes is the top series bowler market and here we will have look and try to pick out some candidates that should give you a run for your money throughout the whole series.

Top England Series Bowler

James Anderson is a worthy favourite at 2/1 as if he can get his swing bowling going then it has been well documented how Australian batsmen can struggle against swing and he could dismantle even the steeliest line up if getting his line spot on.

Graeme Swann at 10/3 is the top England wicket taker in 2009 with 26 but a pace bowler is preferred to trouble the Aussies most rather than the spinner.

Stuart Broad could be the pick at 4/1 as he has taken as many wickets this season as Anderson and looks to be getting better and better. He is more reliable than Anderson and will get plenty of overs to trouble the Australian order and could be the pick.

Andrew Flintoff has got the potential to make a mockery of the 4/1 on offer but with so many doubts about his fitness and temperament at the moment it would be hard to back 'Freddie' with confidence although it would be no surprise to see him take this market if fit.

Graeme Onions and Ryan Sidebottom will undoubtedly chip in with their fair share of wickets at 7/1 and 9/1 respectively, but neither is likely to get enough overs to make them worth a bet.

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Top Australia Series Bowler

There is one obvious answer here that is extremely hard to get away from and that is Mitchell Johnson will be top Australia bowler at odds of 7/4.

He has been the side's top wicket taker in their last four series, which included a devastating turn in South Africa where he took 33 wickets, broke Graeme Smith's hand and left Jacques Kallis needing stitches.

Andrew Strauss seems to struggle against left armers, and England generally seem to have a weakness against searing pace. Zaheer Khan, Fidel Edwards and Morne Morkel have all had success recently and all have one thing in common - lightening pace and Johnson can send down balls at 90mph plus.

Brett Lee would be a threat at 3/1 if remaining fit but that is not guaranteed and he may not even start every Test so that is best left, while Stuart Clark at 4/1 has also been injured and was dropped for the 2008 South Africa tour meaning the veteran has much to prove.

Peter Siddle would be the alternative to consider as he is the joint Australian wicket taker with Johnson on 20 wickets; however he is unlikely to be able to carry the fire power of Johnson to trouble the top order of the England batting line up but carries some appeal at 9/2.

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