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Sports Desk - By Aodhán Elder

by Alan Schoonmaker |  Published: Dec 01, 2010


The Ashes One of the oldest rivalries in international sport resumes in December as England make the trip “Down Under” to take on Australia at cricket. In pricing up any sporting event, bookmakers must weigh up the history with the current reality. In the case of Australia, that presents problems. For much of the last two decades, they were the undisputed doyen of the Test arena with teams that deserve to be mentioned in the same breath as the giants of the game. What the odds compilers are now faced with is a set of impressive results but a present team far inferior to that of the recent past. On the face of it, England’s Ashes record in Australia isn’t bad. The hosts have an all-time record of 76 wins, but the visitors have managed to win 53 times and shared the spoils on 23 occasions. In short, England has ...

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