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Australia v England – Second Ashes Test Betting Offers and Tips
The scorecard at the end of the first Ashes test told a very welcome story for Australia.
It was a story of key players coming up trumps when called upon, of moments of inspiration and of the hosts comfortably winning by 10 wickets.
The reality was a little different.
Yes, Steve Smith’s unbeaten knock of 141 was a captain’s innings, Nathan Lyon took responsibility with the ball and the opening partnership of David Warner and Cameron Bancroft were assured when seeing out the match but, England had their chances.
As Joe Root put it, England played good cricket for three days but they just fell short when it really mattered in Brisbane.
The England captain must now inspire a fighting performance (without any head-butts) from his players in Adelaide because they’ll surely find 2-0 too much to come back from.
There’s only been six day/night matches in the history of test cricket. Two of those came at the Adelaide Oval and Australia won them both.
That gives the Baggy Greens confidence which Darren Lehmann is keen to talk up.
The Australian coach said that his pace bowlers will continue to target the England tail with short deliveries on pitch he describes as the fastest in Australia at night.
That will worry the likes of James Anderson and Stuart Broad who are sure to be peppered but they’ll fancy their own chances of taking wickets.
If we’ve learnt anything from day/night tests it’s that the pink ball really swings at night. That should worry the Australian top order who know they need to perform given the concerns about the strength of the tail end.
Day/night cricket also tends to produce quicker momentum shifts than the traditional format.
England must capitalise on these chances when they present themselves but as there appears to be little between the two teams in terms of raw quality, England look overpriced for the win at $3.70 with Palmerbet.
Anderson and Starc to Thrive
Darren Lehmann was so happy with the form of Nathan Lyon that he compared him to Shane Warne. Ok, he was talking about the confidence flowing through Lyon but it’s some stretch to compare him to the best spin bowler of all time.
Lehmann will hope and expect that his words of encouragement continue to bring out the best in Lyon but the pitch at the Adelaide Oval is much more likely to play into the hands of the quicks.
Pat Cummins charging in under the lights is enough to put the chills up even the most experienced batsmen and he’s sure to take a few wickets. If you fancy Cummins to be the top Australian bowler you can back him at $4 with Sportsbet but it’s Mitchell Starc who gets the nod from us.
Starc was given the nickname ‘Mop’ after two he bowled two hat-tricks to get rid of the Western Australia tail in a recent Shield match and he was very good against the England lower order at the Gabba.
Conditions at the Adelaide Oval should be better for Starc so back him to be Australia’s top wicket taker at $3.20 with Bet365.
For England, you’ve got to side with Anderson.
At 35 this will be the last time the Burnley Express tours Australia but there’s life in the old dog yet.
In what should be perfect conditions, Anderson can do the business once again for his country by take the most Australian wickets at $3.50 with Sportsbet.
Top Betting Tips
England to win at $3.70 with Palmerbet
Mitchell Starc to be Australia’s top bowler at $3.20 with Bet365
James Anderson to be England’s top bowler at $3.50 with Sportsbet