The Ashes 2015: England vs Australia Third Test Betting TipsJake Cooper | 12 Oct 2016
England vs Australia | 29 July – 2 August, 2015 | Edgbaston
England look to improve on their Lord’s performance when they face Australia in the Third Ashes Test at Edgbaston on Wednesday.
Australia are on the hunt for their first Ashes win in England in 14 years, but England’s thirst for victory is just as strong, particularly considering their 5-0 whitewash in Australia last winter.
England’s victory in the first Test of the 2015 Ashes was a welcome surprise to fans of English cricket, but a follow up performance that was less impressive saw the home side become a laughing stock yet again.
A rampant Australia deflated England’s first Test optimism with a 405-run thrashing in the second, re-establishing themselves as the favourites in the series. England now need to get their Ashes campaign back on track if they’re to be in with a chance of taking the urn.
England are preparing themselves for a full-on bouncer assault. While already on their way to a humiliating defeat at Lord’s, Mitchell Johnson’s fast and hostile bowling was the nail in the coffin.
“The way Mitch bowled at the end was nice to watch as a team-mate on the field,” reflected Mitchell Starc, another of the Australian Mitchell trident. “Hopefully there is a bit of pace in this deck. We will soon find out,” he added, referring to the Edgbaston pitch.
The tourists will be hoping for a lot of pace to aid their speed bowling campaign, but the suggestion is that the pitch is likely to have a more English feel to it, favouring seam bowling.
Johnson’s mercurial style makes him the most feared man for England’s batsmen to face and, not knowing quite what to expect this time out, they’ve had a change to the batting order. Yet according to Starc, this has merely fuelled Australia’s determination.
“It will shake things up,” Starc commented, “Jonny Bairstow has been in form in county cricket so we will have a talk about him in our meeting tonight and the change in the England order.
“Any time you have got the opposition changing line-ups you are in a good spot.”
Joe Root has been moved up to four behind Ian Bell, who has been promoted to three while Bairstow joins the line-up at five.
Root acknowledged the threat posed by Johnson at Edgbaston, commenting, “He comes at a different angle and has got a lower arm than a lot of the guys.
“It’s hard to emulate in practice, so whenever you have a chance to face him you knuckle down and work as hard on it as possible when you can.
“It’s wrong to single one man out. You look at Cardiff and he only go two expensive wickets, so it’s about putting him under pressure.”
England’s best hope in the third Test is that Australia may struggle in conditions where the ball does little through the air and off the seam. The tight Australian side is used to hitting cleanly through the line, with David Warner and Steve Smith most vulnerable in such English conditions.
England vs Australia Third Test Betting Tips
We think another Australia Test victory is on the cards at Edgbaston, priced at 17/20 with Betway. For solid wager with longer odds, we’re also backing Joe Root for most England runs in the first innings at 100/30 with Sky Bet.