England 2009 Ashes Squad

England Ashes Squad 2009

Player Profiles

Andrew Strauss Captain- Middlesex

Ashes Cricket Betting OddsLeft handed opening batsman, Strauss has had mixed fortunes for England, on his day he is one of the best batsmen in the world but he has often been guilty of getting out too cheaply and at the wrong time. He has played 53 tests and has scored just under 4000 runs at an average of 41. Included are 12 centuries and 14 fifties. He made two centuries against Australia in the successful Ashes 2005 series, at Old Trafford and the Brit Oval. He is a 3/1 in the Ashes betting to be England's top batsman

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Kevin Pietersen

Pietersen needs little introduction as he has been one of the highest profile cricketers in the world ever since bursting on the international stage. He is by far and away England's best batsman and he will be relied upon heavily to help England win the Ashes. He has played in 52 test matches for England, scoring nearly 4,500 runs at an average of over 50. Against Australia he has played ten tests scoring nearly a thousand runs at an average of 53.50. He has scored two Ashes centuries. He is 11/4 in the Ashes betting to be England's top England batsman

Paul Collingwood - Durham

Paul CollingwoodCollingwood has played a total of 39 Tests and this will be his third Ashes series. He only managed one appearance in the winning Ashes team of 2005, but was one of the few England success’s of the disastrous, whitewash Ashes 2006/7 tour. Collingwood has scored 2,689 runs at a healthy average of 42, including six centuries, one of them being a double hundred, made in the first test of the Ashes 2006/7 tour. He is also a useful change bowler and has taken 14 wickets for 49 runs each. Collingwood is a 13/2 chance in the Ashes betting to finish the series as England's top batsman

Matt Prior - Sussex

First choice wicket keeper who has often come in for criticism for his performances behind the stumps. However he is an excellent batsman with a test average of just under 50, something he has over recent past English wicket keepers. Prior could be one of the key men on this tour and he is a 14/1 chance in the Ashes betting to Ennglands top batsman.

Alastair Cook - Essex

Opening batsman and vice-captain with a current batting ranking of 8th in the world. He was first selected for England’s test team, in March 2006 against India and made an outstanding start, scoring 60 in the first innings and a 104 not out in the second innings. Since then he has played 34 tests and has an average of just over 42 runs, including seven centuries, one of them made against Australia in the third test of the 200/7 Ashes tour. He is a 9/2 chance in Ashes betting to be Englands top barsman

Ian Bell - Warwickshire

Ian BellBell is a very talented batsman who usually bats middle order but has opened on a number of occasions. He has been established in the England team for five years, in which time he has amassed just under 3000 runs at an average of 42.36. He has suffered recently with some form loss and his place in the team is being challenged by the up and coming Ravi Bopara. Bell has often been criticised for making the fifties but not enough hundreds, this seems to apply when playing the Aussies as he has yet to score a ton against them. He is a 14/1 shot in the Ashes betting to be England's top batsman.

Andrew Flintoff – Lancashire

FlintoffOne of the best known cricketer in England, if not the world, Flintoff has certainly captured the imagination and when fully fit he is generally regarded as the best all-rounder anywhere. His big hitting, combined with his aggressive fast bowling, make him a mighty force on the cricket field and a player the Australian team fear the most. He made his Test debut in 1998 against South Africa and has played a total of 70 Tests. He would have played many more if it were not for persistent foot injury problems. He has scored 3,494 runs at an average of 32, including 5 centuries and 24 Fifties. He has also taken 206 wickets at an average of 32 a piece. He is 4/1 in the Ashes betting to finish the series as England's top bowler

Ravi Bopara – Essex

This will be Bopara’s first Ashes series after finally making the breakthrough into the Test match squad. A hugely talented all rounder, Bopara is a big star in the making and many will hope that he establishes himself in the team. He has played in six Test Matches so far and has scored three centuries already - all against the West Indies. He is a 5/1 chance in the Ashes betting to be England's top batsman in the Ashes series

Adil Rashid - YorksA leg spinner who plays for Yorkshire and who has already taken 150 first class wickets at age 20. Has yet to make test debut, but did tour West Indies and was in the squad for the two home tests against the same side in May. Rashid can also bat and has a healthy 32 average for his County side. He is a 14/1 chance in the Ashes betting to be England's top bowler in the series.

James Anderson - Lancashire

A right arm quick bowler Anderson has been a Test match regular since 2003. He has played a total of 29 Tests and has taken 104 wickets at an average of 34.51. He has improved enormously over the least two years, particularly with his run saving deliveries; he did have a tendency to bowl at least one loose ball per over. He has taken five wickets in an innings on five different occasion. Anderson is favourite to be Englands top bowler in the Ashes betting at 5/2.

Stuart Broad - Nottinghamshire

Stuart BroadSon of former Test opener, Chris Broad, this fast bowler made his Test debut against Sri Lanka in December 2007. In that short time he has taken 24 wickets at an average of over 40. He is alo9s a very useful lower order batsman and has already scored 272 runs at an average of over 37, with a best score of 76. Great things are expected of Broad in this, his first Ashes series. Broad is around 4/1 to finish as England's top bowler in the Ashes betting.

Graeme Swann - Notts

Seemingly Englands first choice spinner, Swann made his test debut in 2008 and to date has played just seven tests and has taken an impressive 34 wicketsat just over 26 a wicket. He has also contributed well with the bat, racking up a 105 runs at an average of 35. He is a popular player with both the team and the fans and he could be a major trump card in the Ashes. He is a 4/1 in the Ashes betting to be Englands top bowler in the series.

Ryan Sidebottom – Nottinghamshire

Ryan SidebottomFast bowler Sidebottom first made his debut in 2001 against Pakistan, but he failed to distinguish himself and was left out for the next six years. He was recalled due to a bowling crisis within the English team and he has cemented himself in the squad ever since. He has played 18 Tests and taken 76 wickets at an impressive average of just over 25. His best bowling performance of 7/47 was achieved against New Zealand in 2007. He is around 8/1 in the Ashes betting to be top England bowle

Monty Panesar – Northamptonshire

Was capped for the first time in 2006 and has been England’s main spin bowler ever since. He is very popular with the English supporters and he has not let them down, taking 114 wickets in 33 Tests at an average of just over 31. Panesar has taken ten wickets in one match and five wickets on no fewer than eight occassions. This will be his second Ashes series having been part of the disastrous 2006/7 Ashes tour. Panesar is an outside chance at around 12/1 to be Englands top bowler in the Ashes betting.

Tim Bresnan - Yorks

Has retained his place in the squad after a good display with the ball in the second test aginst the West indies where he took he three wickets. An all rounder, who will be the all-rounder, understudy to Andrew Flintoff, Bresnan has a healthy first class average with the bat of just uner 30 and has taken over 200 first class wickets.

Graham Onions - Durham

The country's leading wicket taker this year, Onions made a sensational test debut against the West Indies taking five wickets in the first innings and a further two in the second. He playes county cricket for Durham where he has ousted former England International as number one bowler. He is a 13/2 shot in the Ashes betting to finish as Englands top bowler in the series.