Australia v New Zealand, Second Test, MCG 26.12-30.12

Australia can wrap up the test series against New Zealand in the traditional Boxing Day year match after a dominant performance in the first test at Perth’s Optus Stadium.

The home side enjoyed a 296 run victory in the opener, with Marcus Labuschagne proving why he’s one of the best in the world right now, knocking 143 in the first innings and 50 in the second.

Australia go to the MCG favorites once again, with Ladbrokes pricing them a huge 3/10 and it’s difficult to see any other outcome with them looking almost unbeatable

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Australia v New Zealand Betting Tips & Predictions

There’s little value in backing an Australia win as it stands. They’re heavy favorites, with New Zealand priced at 5/1.

We’d expect a good batting performance from the hosts once again, while Mitchell Starc is looking incredibly dangerous picking up a nine-wicket haul in Perth.

He’s 9/4 to be Australia’s leading wicket-taker in the test and combining it with the To Win market couple be a tidy bet.

Labuschagne to score a half-century again will be heavily backed, while he’s also at 8/1 to pick up Man of the Match with Ladbrokes.

Of course, Steve Smith is a safe bet, although he failed to go beyond 50 in both innings, with the bowling of Neil Wagner undoing him on both occasions.

New Zealand will be looking to bounce back. They’re ranked second in the world in test cricket and in the likes of Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor and BJ Watling have plenty of talent with the bat.

Taylor looked assured in his 80 in the first innings of the first test but failed to reach three figures. He’s priced at 7/4 to score a first-innings 50, which could be worth a punt while the first innings 100 is 5/1.

It’s going to be a tough ask and New Zealand are going to have to show the sort of form they did against England just a few weeks ago if they’re going to challenge in Melbourne. Win and they’ll take it to a decider. Lose and the third test will seem a bit of a damp squib.

 

Where to Bet in Australia (Bookmakers)

As you’d expect, many of the best Australian bookies have a large range of cricket bets available to play. In fact, you’d struggle to find one that didn’t offer cricket betting.

Brands such as Ladbrokes, Unibet, bet365, and PointsBet all have a good range of odds, covering a wide range of different markets.

If you’re looking for a bookmaker to place cricket bets with, then look no further. Here at Aussie Free Bet you’ll find plenty, with full reviews found on our dedicated Sports Betting Sites page.

Alternatively, you can view some of our favorite betting sites to play cricket markets below:

Betting On Cricket

Bookies always offer a large range of cricket betting markets, particularly when it comes to test cricket.

That’s no different this series, with many of the best value ones added to our betting previews.

Among the most common cricket betting markets are:

  • To Win
  • To Win Series
  • Top Run Scorer
  • Top Wicket Taker
  • Player to Hit 50
  • Player to Hit 100
  • Total Runs
  • First Innings Lead

Of course, there are plenty more too. We’re always on the lookout for the finest odds for you to play and we’ll bring them directly to you!

 

Cricket Live Streams

Broadcasters are always itching to broadcast the Boxing Day test match. It’s an Australian institution with viewers all over the world.

Australia vs New Zealand second test is being broadcast on Fox Sports with the ability to stream every ball online.

Alongside this, you’ll also be able to live stream all the action on Seven West Media.

Over in New Zealand, you’ll find coverage on Sky Sport.

If you’re looking to take advantage of live streaming for the MCG test, head to the Live Streams section of our site, where you’ll find full details on how to watch ball by ball coverage.

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