Ahead of the third Test, England attempt to stop the Aussies' momentum after 405-run loss at Lord's last time out
Australia will go into this Ashes third Test at Edgbaston in confident mood after their thrashing of the hosts at Lord’s to level to series, and here are five top bets to take ahead of the next exciting battle.
England win third Test @ 7/2 with bet365
Although Alastair Cook and co will be disheartened following their display at Lord’s, coach Trevor Bayliss has made a couple of changes in terms of a player swap and position shuffling in a bid to shake things up.
England are unbeaten at Edgbaston in the last two Ashes Tests held there, in 2009 and 2005, and they certainly have fond memories in the latter year where they famously won by just two runs.
Jonny Bairstow is top England batsman in 1st innings @ 7/1 with Ladbrokes
The one change to England’s starting XI seems to be in-form wicketkeeper Bairstow, who comes in as a batsman and is averaging over 100 for county team Yorkshire at present.
He replaces clubmate Gary Ballance, and is a terrific price to help his nation to a good start by being best batsman in the first innings.
James Anderson is top England bowler in 1st innings @ 11/4 with 888.com
With the ball, meanwhile, England’s record Test wicket taker Anderson has a point to prove after taking no wickets at Lord’s.
Luckily for the Lancastrian, he tends to do well at Edgbaston, and took a terrific five-wicket haul here in the first innings of the 2009 Ashes.
David Warner is top Australia batsman in 1st innings @ 7/2 with Sky Bet
The fiery batsman is beginning to find his touch this series, and hit a great knock of 83 in the second innings at Lord’s to help his team to an unchasable score.
With Chris Rogers set to be targeted by England bowlers after he’ll be lacking confidence following a blow to the head and suffering from dizziness, that could allow Warner to prosper.
Joe Root hits a hundred @ 6/1 with Boylesports
Rot really is the superstar of the England team, being in such great form recently that he is up to number six in the world Test batting rankings.
The young Yorkshireman will be keen to make up for his poor showings at Lord’s, with hits of just 1 and 17, so is a terrific p[rice to score a century this time around.
Bookies’ betting tip – Root hits a hundred @ 6/1 with Boylesports