Australia Vs India Cricket Test III Predictions & Betting Tips
The Australian and Indian cricket teams head into the Boxing Day Test at the MCG with plenty at stake, given the four-match series is tied at one match apiece. The Aussies restored national pride with a 146-run in Perth and will be looking to build on that in front of a 90,000-plus crowd in Melbourne.
MCG Pitch Won’t Help Bowlers
Temperatures are expected to soar into the mid-30s on the second and third days of the test, but reports a couple of days out from the match suggest the wicket won’t be too helpful for bowlers. With that in mind, Justin Langer is considering one change, with all-rounder Mitch Marsh to possibly replace batsman Peter Handscomb and help out the Aussie bowling attack.
Whatever Langer decides, the online bookies have Australia a clear match favourite for the first time this series, after the two sides were more or less even in betting before the Adelaide and Perth tests. Betfair is offering the best betting odds for the Aussies, at 2.18.
Lyon, Kohli Crucial to Opposing Teams’ Success
Nathan Lyon was named man of the match in Perth, taking five and three wickets in his team’s win. Lyon likes the MCG, where he took his first five-wicket haul on home soil in 2013. More importantly, he has taken the wicket of Indian star Virat Kohli twice this series. Palmerbet has player performance markets on several bowlers, including Lyon, who’s 1.88 to take three or more wickets in the first innings.
Despite a century in the first innings in Perth, Kohli is averaging an uncharacteristically low 44.25 in this series. Bet365 is paying 3.40 for the Indian batting maestro to score a century at the MCG or 1.53 for him to reach a half-century. It’s paying 1.72 for anyone to score a century in the first innings and 1.10 for anyone to score a century in the match.