Ashes 2013/14: Sky Bet looks at how England have turned into outsiders Down Under
England are outsiders for the second Test as the bookmakers favour the draw at the Adelaide Oval.
By Steve Harrison
Last Updated: 04/12/13 3:59pm
Australia consigned Andy Flower's team to a 381-run defeat in the first Test and the tourists will need to show improvement in all disciplines to make sure they are not all but out after two matches.
With Jonathan Trott returning home with a stress related illness the number three spot is still undecided, while Tim Bresnan looks set to return to England's starting XI following injury with Chris Tremlett missing out this time.
The visitors are 5/2 with Sky Bet to take level the series up at the Oval, with the draw priced at 6/4 in a game England almost can't afford to lose.
With only Alastair Cook scoring over 50 in the first Test the England captain is 3/1 joint favourite to score the most England first innings runs in Adelaide, the flamboyant Kevin Pietersen is the same price while Ian Bell is available at 4/1.
As part of a redevelopment at the Oval a drop-in pitch will be used, which should aide batsman and continue the tradition of high-scoring affairs at this ground, while Graeme Swann may benefit from the conditions and is available at 3/1 to be England's top first innings wicket-taker and 6/1 to take five or more first innings wickets.
With three players on show boasting an average of over 100 at this ground, Michael Clark and Brad Haddin for the hosts and Pietersen for England, it would not be a surprise to see a batsman take the Man of the Match accolade.
Aussie skipper, Clarke, is 8/1 to claim the honour with his first innings run line also set at 37.5, the highest is Sky Bet's over/under runs market.
The hosts are 13/8 to advance their series lead to 2-0 with their first Test hot-shot Mitchell Johnson the 9/4 favourite to take the most first innings wickets and 5/1 to take five wickets in the opening innings.
With Australia claiming the first scalp in the series they have been well received by the public and backed into 8/13 to win the series, with England out to a series high 6/5 to retain the Ashes.