Ashes Betting Tips and Predictions update

England are [2.0] to win the Ashes series after beating Ireland by 143 in their weather-affected Test match at Lord's.

The Irish were all out for 38 in their second innings – the lowest score ever by a Test side at Lord's – after Chris Woakes (6/17) and Stuart Broad (4/19) tore through the visitors' batting order.

Woakes is [7.0] to be England's top wicket taker in the Ashes series with James Anderson [4.5], Broad [4.9] and Mark Wood [6.8] ahead of him in the betting.

The innings lasted just under an hour, bringing the Test to a close on third day and denying Ireland what would have been a famous victory had they chased down what had looked like a realistic target.

England's batsmen have work to do

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A commanding bowling performance on a bizarre final day will not paper over the cracks that were exposed earlier in the Test.

England were all out for 85 in their first innings and, although they spared themselves embarrassment by scoring 303 in the second innings, there's room for improvement when the first Ashes Test against Australia begins at Edgbaston on Thursday.

Bettors backing England to win first Test

England have an excellent recent record at the Birmingham ground and are [1.99] to beat Australia [2.74] in the series opener there.

Joe Root [3.5] is favourite to be England's top Ashes run scorer but, having scored only two and 31 at Lord's against Ireland, he has work to do in the nets over the coming days. Jonny Bairstow [5.5] fared worse, scoring a pair.

Jack Leach [90.0] and Jason Roy [5.5] did the damage for England at the top of the order, scoring 92 and 72 respectively against Ireland.

Graeme Swann leads Betfair's Ashes coverage

Betfair Ambassador Graeme Swann said during the Test against Ireland that England shouldn't panic about their struggles.

Perhaps the players were reading because that's exactly what came to pass, as the hosts found their composure and ruthlessly dispatched their opponents on Friday.

Make sure you read Graeme's thoughts on the Ashes, and follow his betting tips, along with the rest of our cricket correspondents across the series.

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