About the Match
Aussies are struggling for form and with a lot of controversies on and off the field. After a long break, they face the hosts once again in the third Ashes test to be played from 1st August to 5th August at Manchester. While England would have enjoyed their break, Australians had plenty to ponder upon to eradicate the problems they faced in first two tests. It will be last opportunity for Australia to bounce back in the series and keep their hopes of regaining the Ashes alive. England would just have to get a draw to stop Australia and become invincible in this series.
It has been a dream start for the hosts and they’d love to carry it on for upcoming tests as well. Since the beginning of Ashes 2013, their graph has only gone upwards with little going wrong for them. Their only worry would be Alastair Cook’s form as he hasn’t been able to get going in the first two tests. Everyone in the batting order has scored runs. Kevin Pietersen is injured and is expected to sit out in this match. Their bowlers have performed well with Anderson and Swann troubling all Aussies and Broad and Bresnan helping them well. England is in rampaging mood and it would take something special to stop their winning run.
Unlike their rivals England, Australians have failed to live up to the expectations, be it in bowling or in batting. Australia would certainly bank on David Warner’s aggression as he is expected to make a comeback and breathe a new life in their dying hopes and hopes of their fans. Their recent performance against Sussex at hope would have given them some confidence as their batting did better than it did in the first two tests with Smith getting to a hundred in quick time. Steven Smith, however, is injured and his place in the doubts for the same reason. Their bowling hasn’t been as bad as their batting and in fact was the main reason for getting as close as they did in the first game. Australians must keep their spirits up and come out all guns blazing and then they can really trouble the home team.
After the first test which was full of thrills and mini-battles, second test went only one way, that is England’s way resulting in a massive defeat for the visitors. With Warner expected to come in and their batting performing well against Sussex, they still stand a chance to get back in the series. Their top seven have performed even worse than their last four in batting and if they can do that, victory would not be away. However, England bowlers have been in tremendous form and facing them would be a lot different and tougher than Sussex bowlers. The hosts have shown fascinating success in the series and have improved by every passing day. I think they’d carry their momentum in the third test too to win the match as well as seal the series.
England, 1.83 @ Bovada
England batsmen have prospered against this relatively inexperienced Australian attack. Their best batsmen have been Ian Bell who has scored heavily in both the games. He has enjoyed batting against Aussies and has looked settled and confident. With the kind of form he’s in, a milestone of 31 is certainly on the cards and in first innings of third test, I expect him to achieve this betting milestone.
Ian Bell 1st Innings Runs
: Over 30.5, 1.83 @ William Hill