With fans concerned that England’s hopes may be all but over in the second Ashes test, bookies now expect the selectors to ring the changes, with Stokes a possibility to add a bit of punch to the squad.
Looking at the cavalry on offer to help turn things around for England, Paddy Power are offering odds of 2/1 for the Durham and Canterbury all-rounder to join the squad at some point during the series.
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With Alex Hales no longer under investigation for the Bristol nightclub incident, he is now at 3/1 to receive a call-up, having just been cleared to play by the ECB, and Stokes’ odds have been slashed from 10/1 at the start of the series.
Mark Wood – a popular choice with fans and pundits to provide added pace to the bowling attack – is priced at 5/1 to join the squad.
Punters can even get outside odds of a shock return for former captain Kevin Pietersen, with the batsman priced at 1,000/1 to make his first appearance for the national side since January 2014.
And with England unlikely to claim victory in the first test, odds of Trevor Bayliss being sacked from his role of coach are currently at 10/1.
Ashes series betting:
Australia win 1/14
England win 16/1
Spokesperson Paddy Power said, “It’s not been a great start for England, so we wouldn’t be bowled over if selectors made some major changes. With Stokes playing out in New Zealand, he’s all ready to come in and add a bit of fight to the England squad.”
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