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Five top tips to take for second Ashes Test at Lord’s

Ali Root

Ahead of the second Test, England attempt to double their series lead after resoundingly beating Australia at Cardiff

England go into the second 2015 Ashes Test at Lord’s in full confidence following their 169-run win over bitter rivals Australia, so have picked out five bets for punters to take.

England win
Not only have England won their last two Tests at Lord’s against Australia, but they have beaten them convincingly, by 115 and then 347 runs.

Despite that record and the hosts smashing the Baggy Greens in Cardiff, the bookies still don’t fancy them, so take advantage of Boylesports’ great odds of 2/1 for Alastair Cook and co to triumph in the second Test too.

Top England batsman in first innings
Joe Root is quite simply in devastating form, as his unbeaten totals by his compatriots in both innings of 134 and then 60 have helped propel him to number four in the world Test batting rankings.

The young Yorkshireman also happened to smash 180 here in the 2013 Ashes series, so back him at an enticing 3/1 with Bet Victor, Stan James, Coral and William Hill to be top England batsman in the first innings.

Top England bowler in first innings
In last year’s Ashes at Lord’s, spinner Graeme Swann managed to get an impressive total of nine wickets across both innings, including a five-wicket haul in the first, and Moeen Ali will be hoping to follow suit.

The England all-rounder was one of the stars in the first Test, as he got 77 runs in the first innings before taking a total of five wickets. Ali is a brilliant shout with Paddy Power and William Hill at 6/1 to be best bowler for his team at the ‘Home of Cricket’.

Both teams to bat on day 1
Going back to the famous 2005 Ashes series, a total of 17 wickets fell on the first day at Lord’s after Australia went in to bat first.

After seeing their current batting line-up collapse at Cardiff, if you want to take a chance on them going in first again and both teams bat on day one then take special odds of 7/2 with Betway.

Top Australia batsman in first innings
Not a lot went right for the Aussies in Cardiff this year, particularly Steve Smith, who managed just 33 runs in both innings which resulted in him being knocked off top spot in the world Test batting rankings.

The Australian vice-captain will want to rectify that and carry on his fine form before this series, so take tremendous odds of 10/3 with Sky Bet and Stan James for him to be best batter in the first innings for his nation.

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