The Ashes 3rd Test tips – Ben Stokes can top score for England at 8/1

Ben can Stoke up England at Edgbaston

Ben Stokes too big at 8/1 to be top England bat

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Betting Tip: Ben Stokes too big at 8/1 to be top England bat @ 8/1 with boyle

There was plenty of speculation regarding the places of Adam Lyth, Ian Bell and the departing Gary Ballance after the Lord’s debacle although nobody questioned Ben Stokes at number six.

The Durham all-rounder is second only behind Joe Root in terms of runs scored during the Ashes series so far, with the 24-year-old having enjoyed knocks of 42 and 52 in Cardiff before an even more impressive 87 at headquarters.

When you consider that Stokes came in to bat during a moment where the Australian bowlers were tearing through the England batting order, it was a commendable achievement that he and Alastair Cook managed to launch any form of counter-attack.

Stokes is 8/1 with Boylesports to top score for England during their first innings at Edgbaston. While this kind of bet obviously depends on some fortune and the ability of others, it’s a price which looks pretty meaty considering he’s been the second-best performer thus far – especially with Joe Root at a skinnier 3/1.

Who will the 3rd Ashes Test?
Potentially the team that win the 3rd Ashes Test toss. Of the last 17 Ashes Tests in England, just one has been won by the side batting second. Australia won by an innings and 80 runs at Leeds in 2009.

So England’s hopes potentially depend on the outcome of a coin toss, with the pitches being prepared to suit the team who bats first as we have seen in Cardiff and London.

That said, the 10/3 about England with bet365 would have looked juicy going into Lord’s but the team’s performance set against Australia means that punters will surely be swerving them this time.

Winning the toss still needs to be backed up by plenty of runs and perhaps Joe Root’s century in Glamorgan masked over the deficiencies in this England team, while the bowlers’ inability to take wickets at Lord’s is clearly a problem.

Australia are 10/11 with William Hill although that price might look a gift should Michael Clarke make the right call, with Mitch Marsh and Peter Nevill seamlessly integrating into the Baggy Greens team.

Mitchell Johnson came to life with the ball at Lord’s to take three wickets in both innings and the 11/4 with bet365 looks pretty fair about the seamer who was dulled in Cardiff but looks set to now take the series by storm.

One betting strategy that we enjoyed for the Second Test was backing the draw and then laying it at a shorter price on the betfair exchange. It would appear another sensible ploy, with the odds coming a lot shorter when no early wicket falls on Day One and there’s always a rainy shower to push the draw odds in too.

Back the Draw @ 3.50 with a view to laying back on betfair
Ben Stokes top England bat 1st innings @ 8/1 with Boylesports
Mitchell Johnson top Australia bowler 1st innings @ 11/4 with bet365

Betting Tip: Ben Stokes too big at 8/1 to be top England bat @ 8/1 with boyle

All odds were correct at time of posting.

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