The Ashes 2015: England vs Australia Betting Tips

Jake Cooper | 12 Oct 2016

England vs Australia | Fourth Test, 6 August, 2015 | Trent Bridge

England will look to seal an Ashes victory when they take on Australia in the fourth Test at Trent Bridge on Thursday.

Jimmy Anderson and Steven Finn, coupled with the decision by Michael Clarke to bat after winning the toss at Edgbaston, has given England all the momentum in an extraordinary Ashes Test Series thus far.

It’s anybody’s call as to what lies ahead in the Fourth Test. This series swings backwards and forwards and is becoming increasingly hard to predict. England’s thumping victory inside three days at Edgbaston was deeply concerning for Australia, but if England’s current form continues they may be due a heavy loss in the fourth Test.

The injury suffered by James Anderson is a huge blow for the home side. He’s taken a whopping 53 wickets in just eight matches at the ground, with two 10-wicket hauls, including one against the Aussies two years ago.

His absence, however, merely adds to a list of problems which England have to solve if they are to cause an upset on Thursday.

They’ve named a 14 man squad for Trent Bridge bringing in Liam Plunkett and left armer Mark Footitt to reinforce the seam bowling stocks.

Out-of-form opener Adam Lyth has been given another chance at the top of the order, while Moeen Ali’s batting has again delayed any questions about his effectiveness as England’s frontline spin bowler.

England will be hoping for a pitch much like the one they had at Edgbaston which provided them with movement off the seam and the overhead conditions on day 1 saw the ball swinging. They are unbeaten at the venue since India’s famous victory here in 2007, while the Aussies last won here in 2001 having lost in both 2005 and 2013.

Having been unchanged from Lord’s to Edgbaston, Australia will surely be pondering changes to an XI that was beaten so comprehensively in just over eight sessions of cricket in Birmingham.

Captain Michael Clarke has scored only 94 runs in six innings this series and hit just 13 in the third Test. In his post-match interview at Edgbaston, Clarke admitted that his form was concern and that his team had effectively been playing “with only 10 men”.

It wasn’t just their batsmen who struggled at Edgbaston, Australia’s bowlers struggled to adapt to the conditions. Mitchell Starc is out of form and there are suggestions that he may be replaced by Peter Siddle whose bustling pace and lateral movement will be ideal for Trent Bridge.

England vs Australia Betting Tips

If England thought it hard work in taking a 2-1 lead against Australia then they are going to have to redouble their effort on Thursday. With the absence of James Anderson, the home side have as many holes, and possibly more, than Australia and we think that the Aussies will hit back with a victory priced at 11/10 with Betway.

If you want good value for your money, however, why not bet on Peter Siddle to be Australia’s leading wicket taker priced at 4/1 with Skybet