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Australia vs. England 2017/18 Ashes, ODI & T20 tour

With 17 men’s international matches spanning all three formats, Australia’s 2017/18 summer of cricket is shaping up as an absolute belter. This is your one-stop shop for betting information, series previews and tour dates, as well as futures odds from the best online bookmakers.

Tour dates and fixtures

The England squad will touch down at the start of November before embarking on tour games against Western Australia and the Cricket Australia XI. The CA XI will give the visitors another hitout between the second and third Ashes Tests, along with a 50-over game in the lead-up to January’s ODI series.

2017/18 Ashes Test series

The hottest rivalry in world cricket returns to Australian shores this summer as Steve Smith’s men look to wrest the coveted urn back from England. See our in-depth Ashes cricket betting guide for more details.

See the latest Ashes betting markets at Sportsbet.com.au

2018 Australia vs. England ODI series

Once the Ashes are done and the urn’s home is decided, Australia and England will resume hostilities in a five-match One Day International series over the last two weeks of January.

Get the best odds for the 2018 ODI series at William Hill

2018 T20 tri-series

New Zealand will join the party in February for a three-way Twenty20 series that will take in Sydney, Hobart and Melbourne before finishing up across the Tasman.

Bet on the 2018 Twenty20 tri-series at Neds.com.au

Players to watch

Ben Stokes – Recent revelations about that much-publicised nightclub brawl in Bristol could see England’s star allrounder reinstated for the first Test in Brisbane. That is bad news for the Aussies, as Stokes is a genuine match-winner who scores runs and takes wickets when his team needs them most. With him in the side, England can win it all; without him, the Ashes are gone and the one-dayers will be a struggle.

Steve Smith – Don’t sound the alarm bells just yet, but these are trying times for Australia’s superstar skipper. Questions about the quality of his leadership (both on and off the field) have coincided with some fluctuating form at the popping crease, most notably on the recent tour of Bangladesh. Smith is a beast on home soil, however, and there is no reason to expect anything but another big summer.

Joe Root – It is widely accepted that Smith and Root belong to an elite super-class of contemporary batsmen that also includes India’s Virat Kohli and New Zealand’s Kane Williamson. The England Test captain is a cool, calm and collected accumulator who racks up big runs in all formats, and one feels he will need to deliver the goods on a regular basis if the Brits are to have any joy in the Antipodes.

Mitchell Starc – After a few months on the sidelines, Australia’s left-arm spearhead announced his return with a career-best 8/72 in the opening round of the Sheffield Shield season. While Starc will be a nightmare for the English bats if he can get the red ball swinging on fast, hard pitches, his peerless limited-overs credentials make him an even tougher prospect in the ODI and T20 games.