KEVIN PIETERSEN was once again overlooked for an England return, that is despite hitting 355 not out against Leicestershire in the County Championship Division 2 earlier this week.
Andrew Strauss was appointed the new director of cricket at the ECB and he decided to overlook his former team-mate.
BetVictor have England priced at 3/1 to regain the Ashes this summer.
Australia are huge favourites to make it back-to-back successes at 4/9, while the draw is priced at 6/1.
Before the Ashes, England host New Zealand in two Test matches.
Former Aussie leg-spinner Shane Warne has predicted that the three lions will lose every single home test that they play this summer and BetVictor have that priced at 6/1.
For all the latest odds, specials, enhancements and much more head to BetVictor.com
The Natwest T20 Blast gets underway on Friday and Pietersen’s side Surrey are priced at 8/1 to lift the trophy.
Sussex, who will be able to call upon the services of both Mahela Jayawardene and George Bailey in the competiton, are priced at 16/1 to be crowned champions.
The Championship play-off semi-finals will be completed over the course of the weekend and Middlesbrough, who take a 2-1 lead into their second leg with Brentford, are even money to reach Wembley.
In the other semi, Ipswich drew 1-1 with rivals Norwich and the Canaries and 4/6 on to come out on top in the tie.
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