Cricket: Who will win the Ashes?

England captain Alastair Cook and Australia captain Michael Clarke pose with the Ashes urn at Trent Bridge on July 9, 2013. Photo / Getty Images,
England captain Alastair Cook and Australia captain Michael Clarke pose with the Ashes urn at Trent Bridge on July 9, 2013. Photo / Getty Images,

England host Australia in the 311th match in the Ashes history tonight (NZT), and find themselves in the unfamiliar position of being favourites to scoop the urn.

Having triumphed in each of the last two series, England are paying $1.40 to win at the TAB, while Australia are $4.50 outsiders.

But that doesn't mean it's a done deal, and many don't agree. Here are some of the top predictions from notable cricket enthusiasts from around the world.

Ricky Ponting - Australia 'will' win

Glenn McGrath - Australia 'can' win

Ian Botham - England 'will' win 10-0.

Geoffrey Boycott - England 'could' be in for almighty shock.

Michael Vaughn - Talk of a 5-0 whitewash is nonsense, England 'will' win 3-1.

Shane Warne - Australia 2-1.

David Saker - We 'will' win comfortably.

Graeme Smith - England 'will' win.

Hulk Hogan - It 'will' be an England whitewash.

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