Cricket Betting Tips and Match Prediction - England v Australia 2nd Ashes Test

Australia players during nets
Australia players during nets
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The second Ashes Test between England and Australia will be played at Lord's in London.

England's 251-run loss in the first Ashes Test has changed the perception of both pundits and fans towards the series. While England were considered favourites before a ball was bowled in the five-match Test series, Australia have now got the edge due to their counter-attacking style of play. The England cricket betting to win this match has Australia as clear favourites at this time.

The absence of James Anderson is a body blow for England. It is not certain whether or not Anderson will be able to take part in the series any further. The technique of Jonny Bairstow is another concern.

England have already announced their 12-member squad for the second Test and it makes things quite clear about the direction in which the team is thinking. Jack Leach is an obvious replacement for Moeen Ali who looked lacklustre in the first Test. Leach provides England a left-arm option against their tormentor Steve Smith, who has not had great returns against left-arm spin.

Another straight swap would be Jofra Archer making his Test debut in place of James Anderson. England would hope that his pace will help the hosts price out a few wickets.

The only option that England will have to consider is between Joe Denly and Sam Curran. While Denly is a better middle-order batsman, if England decide to rejig their batting order and slot in Sam Curran in the lower middle-order, he can be handy. Curran can nick off a couple with the ball as well. But, given that the pitch at Lord's is dry, Denly can also fill in a few overs with his leg spin.

For Australia, it is a problem of plenty more than anything else. Both Josh Hazlewood and Mitchell Starc were benched in the first Test and one of them is expected to make the playing XI at Lord's.

Mitchell Starc looked in good rhythm in the practice match against Worcestershire and makes a case for his inclusion on a dry pitch. However, that James Pattinson plays a similar role does not go in his favour.

While the Test debut of Jofra Archer gives a reason to the England fans to be excited, their batting does not inspire the same.

Let's have a look at the probable playing XI of both teams:

England- Joe Root (c), Jofra Archer, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran/Joe Denly, Jack Leach, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes

Australia- David Warner, Cameron Bancroft, Usman Khawaja, Steven Smith, Travis Head, Matthew Wade, Tim Paine (c, wk), Mitchell Starc/James Pattinson, Pat Cummins, Peter Siddle, Nathan Lyon

Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions* - PrePlay

Who will win the toss? - Australia

Who will win? – Australia

Top Batsman (Runs Scored) –  Steven Smith (Australia), Joe Root (England)

Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Nathan Lyon (Australia), Jofra Archer (England)

Most Sixes – Dawid Warner (Australia), Jos Buttler (England)

Man of the Match –  Steven Smith

Team Scores Batting first –  Australia 350+, England 280+

Match Handicap Australia

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*NB these predictions may be changed nearer the start of the match once the final starting teams have been announced and we will be running ‘In–Play’ features, so stay tuned.

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