England will go into the 2017-18 Ashes series as holders of the urn, but Australia are strong favourites to reclaim it with home advantage.
Get the latest odds on the Ashes 2017-18 at bet365.
Michael Clarke's Australia had gone into the last Ashes series as favourites to overcome the hosts England after routing them 5-0 in the previous meeting.
However, Australia failed to overcome their issues against the swinging and seaming delivery in England and crashed to series defeat by the fourth Test match. A consolation win in the fifth and the final Test match for Australia didn't prevent England from winning the series 3-2.
Interestingly, what that means is of the 69 Ashes series played between Australia and England, both nations have won 32 apiece with five having ended in draws.
In case an Ashes series is drawn, the urn is kept with the team which has won the previous series.
England have now won four of the last five Ashes series, after Australia had romped home to nine series wins from 10 meetings before that.
Australia have generally had an upper hand at home, having lost just one Ashes series Down Under since 1986-87. And that could also be the reason why they will start favourites to win the 2017-18 Ashes at just 4/7 (bet365
England will need to do well to overcome their touring jitters, but bookmakers aren't convinced they will quite manage it with odds of 7/2 offered for them to win the series.
A drawn Ashes series is a rarity; just five of the 69 series have ended in draws, last of which came in 1972, and that outcome is priced at 15/2.
2017-18 Ashes series scoreline odds from Sportsbet:
Australia 3-1: 4/1
2-2 Draw: 11/2
Australia 2-1: 13/2
Australia 3-2: 15/2
Australia 4-1: 15/2
Australia: 4-0: 9/1
Australia 3-0: 10/1
England 2-1: 12/1
England 3-2: 13/1
England 3-1: 14/1
Australia 5-0: 19/1