First Ashes Test – ENG vs AUS: Betting Tips, Odds & Predictions

The Ashes 2019 first test
ENG vs AUS, First Ashes Test, Edgbaston Stadium

Ashes Cricket returns to England as the hosts welcome Australia to Edgbaston for the First Test in the best-of-five Ashes series, August 01-05 2019.

Can holders Australia retain the sacred Ashes urn in England for the first time since 2001?, and what are the best betting odds and predictions available for the series?

Our Betting Tips

England as holders and on home turf are deserved favourites for the first Ashes test at Edgbaston. However, at $1.91 for the win, there’s not a lot of value there for punters, or we patriotic Aussies that love to bet on our beloved team.
There’s been a lot of rain this English summer and 4 full matches of the recently completed World Cup were totally washed out, in addition to India vs New Zealand semi-final being pushed into a second day due to rain.
Moreover, the Aussies will be looking to start well and negate an English team that is far from settled, but in the end, the weather could reign supreme.

Australia & England to share a drawn First Test

Test series are rarely won by the visiting team in this day-and-age of short turnarounds between white ball and red ball cricket, but this Ashes series has a different feel about it.
The Australia A Team have been adapting to English conditions for almost 6 weeks now, there are a plethora of Aussie stars performing brilliantly in English Country Cricket at the moment, and the swinging Duke ball is no longer a mystery to the Aussie batsmen.
Despite being World Cup champs, England’s test team is unsettled and lost their last series to a game but lowly-ranked West Indies team.

Australia to win the Ashes Series

 Taking the draw out of the equation in a betting market that excludes the draw, look for Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and a rejuvenated Josh Hazlewood to have the better of the English batsmen at Edgaston.

Australia to win the First Test

Best Odds

Boylesports Odds


Head-to-head record in Ashes Test Matches

Played 330

Australia Won 134

Drawn 90

England 106


  • Edgbaston record – Australia 3 wins, England 5 wins & 5 draws.
  • England has the better Ashes record of the two teams in the U.K, winning 18 Ashes series to Australia’s 14 series with 3 series drawn.
  • Australia hold the Ashes after a 4-0 pounding Down Under in 2017-18.
  • England won the last series on their own shores, 3-2 in 2015.

Our Prediction for England vs Australia

Australia & England to share a drawn First Test

Look for a cagey start to the Ashes series with teams slowly out of the blocks and looking to settle on line-ups and feel out their opponents in the first match of the series.

As discussed above, England’s predictable poor weather this summer could play a major part in the outcome at rainy Edgbaston, and of course, the odds for a draw are very attractive.

Ken Edwards is a passionate Betting Top 10 International Sports & Betting News Columnist. Australian by birth, and international by nature, he brings a wealth of many years of discerning international sports and betting industry analysis. As a true fan and Sports Statistic Nerd, Ken devotedly supports his beloved Queensland Maroons, West Ham United, New York Yankees, Miami Dolphins and Richmond Tigers when he's not busy writing about them.

All tips by Ken Edwards