Australia win at Old Trafford means that the fifth and final Ashes Test at the Oval this week will be nothing but for pride. England have the opportunity to level the series 2-2, but the tourists will bring back the urn Ashes regardless.
This will be a golden opportunity for England’s player to redeem themselves after what has been a poor series. It is also a chance to see how untested players perform on a big stage.
England have named an unchanged squad for this fifth Ashes Test. Maybe Sam Curran will be given the opportunity in this series after a year since he was named the England’s player of the series against India.
It is important to remember that primary England’s goal this year was to secure the World Cup for the first time in history. Well, they have done that. What has become clear is that the home side has struggled to switch back immediately to the five-day format of the cricket game. Our team of cricket betting experts have come up with the best cricket betting tips for the fifth Ashes Test. To find other best betting tips visit our dedicated section.
Ashes 5th Test Betting Tips
Australia to win @ 1/1
Australia will celebrate having retained the Ashes regardless of what will happen at the Oval this week. The loss of James Anderson in the first Test at Edgbaston was a great help to the Aussie. Surely the hosts will want to end the series with a confidence-boosting win. It won’t be easy as Australia have the momentum now and will want to end their tour with another Test win.
The weather could well affect this match as we are deep into September now. We have seen glimpses of this problem already at Old Trafford with strong winds. Surely this fifth Test is a great opportunity for batsmen to present themselves for the future Tests series. There are question marks around Joe Root’s captaincy, and surely a win will work towards easing that pressure. Another defeat and things might get well problematic for the current captain.
Australia have the momentum and also the world number one batsman in the name of Steve Smith. They also have the best bowler (Pat Cummins) in their squad and is our opinion that they will get the job done. Backing Australia to win the fifth and final Test at Evens with William Hill looks a solid bet.
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Steve Smith to be man of the match @ 5/1
Whatever the outcome, this is likely to be a rather long Wimbledon final. Even if the price for over 3.50 is rather short (1/2 with Betfair) it does look like a banker bet to me. All the last three finals at the All England Club finished in three sets. In those circumstances though, only one of the ‘big four’ was playing against a surprise contender.
Steve Smith has been the protagonist of this Ashes Series. He has scored 671 runs, 371 more than Ben Stokes who is following in the second position. Add to this that Smith has also missed three innings due to concussion.
Smith has celebrated the double century at Old Trafford with a bar of chocolate and predictions he can well do the same at The Oval. He has been dubbed ‘Baby Bradman’. If he gets 303 runs at the Oval he will match Don Bradman’s total of 974 in the 1930 Ashes Series played in England. Difficult, but certainly not impossible for a player like Smith.
The Aussie has been averaging 134.2 in this series, and his Test average is now 64.81. We predict Smith, who has had the lowest score so far of 82, to finish his Ashes series with more runs. He has been already awarded the man of the series and backing him at 5/1 to be the match of the match with William Hill at the Oval looks the way to go.
Ashes Series 5th Test Odds
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Stuart Broad to be top wicket taker in England’s 1st innings @ 5/2
Cricket fans didn’t have the opportunity to see James Anderson due to injury. In his absence, Archer has had good moments, but those were not enough to lead England to win back the Ashes urn. The positive news for England in this Ashes Test has been the consistency of Stuart Broad bowling. He had 19 wickets and also dismissed David Warner six times in eight innings. It won’t be surprising if Broad will get Warner’s wickets once again at the Oval.
Even though Broad has a definite impact on Warner, he has only managed to get Smith out once. That was after the former Aussie captain had scored 144 in the first innings at Edgbaston.
In several circumstances, England’s bowling has let the team down in this series. If we look at the stats, we can see that only once the home side were able to take all 20 Australian wickets in a match. That was in the third Test that England was able to win thanks to Ben Stokes’ majestic performance at Headingley.
If we exclude the Headingley Test, Broad has been England’s leading bowling in the first innings in all the other three Tests. Backing him at 5/2 with Betfred to be top England bowler at The Oval in the first innings looks, therefore, a sensible bet. Broad didn’t make into England’s World Cup squad and will want to end the summer in the best possible way even though his efforts were enough to win the Ashes urn back from Australia.
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