The odds on England winning the opening Test look amazing!
<div><div><div><div id=":ow"><div id=":ov"><div dir="ltr"><p>England ODI hero Jason Roy has been included in the squad for the upcoming Test match against Ireland. It suggests that the World Cup opener has an excellent chance of breaking into Joe Root’s Ashes squad as they prepare to host Australia later this year. England have struggled to find a replacement for Alistair Cook and Roy’s composure in the shorter format has encouraged the selectors to give him a shot in first-class cricket.</p><p>He is likely to open with Rory Burns in what will be England’s first ever Test match against the Irish. It is their only warm-up match before the Ashes begins on August 1 and it will offer Root a valuable opportunity to run the rule over his options. Fellow World Cup heroes Ben Stokes, Jonny Bairstow, Chris Woakes and Moeen Ali have been named in the squad, along with James Anderson, Stuart Broad, Sam Curran, Joe Denly Sam Curran, Joe Denly, Lewis Gregory, Jack Leach and Olly Stone.</p><p>The home side has won the Ashes in eight of the last nine series, while England have not dropped a home series against Australia since 2001. They are priced at 1.80 (4/5) with <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&a=a710bfac-73c1-4a57-b441-2caf1b9f397b&f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="William Hill">William Hill</a> to regain the Ashes this year, and Betfair has 2.0 (even money) on them winning the opening Test at Edgbaston. That looks like an amazing price, as some bookies will only go to 1.57 (4/7). England annihilated Australia at Edgbaston in the World Cup semi-final, and the Aussies have a dreadful record there. England have won their last 11 meetings with Australia at Edgbaston across all formats, and that really should give Root’s men a psychological advantage heading into the opening Test. Meanwhile, England are just 1.10 (1/10) to beat Ireland in the warm-up Test.</p></div></div></div></div></div></div>