We have a mouth-watering fourth Ashes Test at Old Trafford this week. England relied successfully on the brilliance of Ben Stokes in the third Ashes Test and have now levelled the series with Australia 1-1. There are two matches left to play in what is likely to be a very close context.
Australia were able to bowl England out for just 67 in the first innings. Shortly after, they were left wondering how they have lost not only the Test but also the momentum which is clearly on Joe Root’s side now.
James Anderson won’t be able to return for England due to a calf injury and this is a new that will bolster the tourists. Steve Smith’s is still battling to recover from the concussion after a Jofra Archer delivery hit him in the second Test.
Ashes 4th Test Betting Tips
England To Win
In sport, as in life, motivations and morale do play a massive role. At one point, when England were skittled out for just 67 in their first innings, most people expected Australia to wrap up the Test and go 2-0 with two Tests left to play.
What happened after will leave in England’s sporting memories for a long time. Ben Stokes become the hero who guided England to victory precisely as he did in the World Cup. England needed to chase down a record total 359 to win and keep the hopes of regaining the urn. Stokes did the job brilliantly and guided England to success.
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Surely the Headingley Ashes Test will be remembered in the next decades as Stokes’ Test in the same way in the 1981 contest we had the Botham’s Test.
After Stokes’ performance, England is coming to the Old Trafford with huge momentum. Australia, on the other hand, would have to find a way to put that defeat behind them and it won’t be an easy task. It was painful for the Aussie who just needed one wicket to win the match at one point. Those kinds of games do leave deep scars which are difficult to close in a short time. This is the reason why England will start the penultimate Ashes Test as the top favourite and can be backed at 7/5 with Paddy Power. We are backing this option as we are confident that England will deliver again at Old Trafford.
England to hit most sixes in the match
In the third Test at Headingley, we had a total of eight sixes struck. All of those came from Ben Stokes’ bat in his fantastic match-winning knock of 135 not out. With this performance, the total number of sixes in the Ashes series went up to 20. Steve Smith has also had 12 of 378 runs scored from sixes. Apart from Stokes and Smith though no other player has managed to reach 250 runs in the series. Players have struggled to establish some solid partnerships. 10 of England’s partnerships have ended before a run was scored and Australia have had only to partnerships for zero runs.
Australia have struggled at the top of the batting order. The tourists have had a combined 150 total runs and had 21 runs or less in five of the six innings played so far. England haven’t done particularly well but still better with a total contribution of 299 runs. In the last three innings, they have seen the openers combine a total of 31, 18 and 15 runs.
Jason Roy has been struggling with scores of 10, 28, 0, 2, 9 and 8. If Roy can stay at the crease for around one hour, his confidence should get back. A big score could well be on the cards with a few sixes thrown in.
Australia over 26.5 runs after 10 overs in their first innings
Australia are coming to the Old Trafford Test, having taken more wickets than England. The Aussie are leading 54 to 53 and have also managed to outscore the home site in runs scored with a total of 1,600 to 1,465.
Australia have also had better stars. England have been more cautious at the beginning of their innings and have an average of 23.6 after the first 10 overs compared with 27.5 of the tourists.
Even though Australia have let the third Test slip, they can still secure the Ashes urn without winning either of the two final Tests. Two draws will be all is needed to keep the urn Down Under so England must win at Old Trafford or at the Oval. There is a lot at stake so we may see a cautious start from the opening batsmen who will be hoping to still be at the crease passed the first ten overs.
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