Bancroft To Hit Bairstow For 70 Runs

Australia's captain Steve Smith reacts as team mate Cameron Bancroft speaks during a media conference after the first Ashes test match at the Gabba ground in Brisbane
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Series Runs Supremacy

Bancroft/Bairstow

65-75

 Second Test

Bancroft/Bairstow

5-11

 

Spread betting firm predicts Aussie will win personal battle with the bat by more than half a century

Tuesday 28th November, 2017 – Jonny Bairstow may have got the first hit in on Australia’s Cameron Bancroft, but leading spread betting firm Sporting index predicts the Aussie opener will have the last laugh by scoring 70 more runs than the English wicket-keeper in the Ashes.

News of Bairstow allegedly ‘headbutting’ Bancroft dominated the headlines at the back end of the first Ashes Test, and in the process, overshadowed the Australian’s magnificent knock of 82 not out which saw the home team complete a thumping 10-wicket victory over England in Brisbane.

That took Bancroft’s run tally for the match to 87, having failed to reach double figures in the first innings. However, the Aussie still holds a 36 run advantage over Bairstow heading into the second Test, after the Englishman scored only 51 runs across two innings in Brisbane.

Ed Fulton, trading spokesman for Sporting Index, said: “All eyes will be on Cameron Bancroft and Jonny Bairstow in Saturday’s second Test given the fallout from the alleged ‘headbutting’ episode.

“Bairstow will be looking to silence the Australian media in the coming weeks by doing what he does best – scoring runs. However, batting as low as seven is unlikely to work to his advantage, and we think Aussie opener Bancroft stands a much better chance of outscoring the England wicket-keeper during the series.

“We predict he’ll score 70 more runs across the five Tests, and eight more runs in Saturday’s Day-Night Test in Adelaide.”