Cricket Betting Tips and Match Prediction - England v Australia 3rd Ashes Test
With Steve Smith likely to miss out due to delayed concussion and Jofra Archer raring to go once again, England will feel confident of winning the third Ashes Test.
You could say that Australia had the momentum after winning the first Test but with the intensity that England showed in the Lord's Test, you can't say that anymore.
England have already announced an unchanged squad for the Third Test which comes as a life line for both Jason Roy and Joe Denly. But, failing to cash in this time around could mean an end to their Test career.
Sam Curran will be on the bench like the last game. Jofra Archer, Stuart Broad, Chris Woakes and Ben Stokes will be the four pace options of the hosts along with spinner Jack Leach.
With all bowlers playing their part well, it would be tough for Australia to drop anyone. Both Pattinson and Starc are waiting in the wings and you might expect Peter Siddle to take a rest and Pattinson to play in this one. However, with the game being played in Leeds, you need a swing bowler like Siddle the most.
In fact, the last time Australia played an Ashes Test at this venue, Siddle was the tormentor and picked up a five-wicket haul in the first innings as Australia cleaned up England by an innings. It seems too drastic a step but going by the workload management theory of Australian coach Justin Langer it might be Pat Cummins who makes way for James Pattinson in this game.
Australia can also consider Marcus Harris in place of Cameron Bancroft at the top of the order, who is struggling with this technique. In fact, the Australian opening pair of Bancroft and Warner has only added 62 runs from a total of 8 innings between them on the tour.
Marnus Labuschagne, after a fighting 50 in the Lord's Test, will retain his spot in the absence of Steve Smith.
Let's have a look at the probable playing XI of both teams:
England- Rory Burns, Jason Roy, Joe Root, Joe Denly, Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes, Jonny Bairstow, Chris Woakes, Jofra Archer, Stuart Broad, Jack Leach
Australia- Cameron Bancroft, David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Travis Head, Marnus Labuschagne, Matthew Wade, Tim Paine, Pat Cummins/James Pattinson, Peter Siddle, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood
Who will win the toss? - Australia
Who will win? – England
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – Usman Khawaja (Australia), Joe Root (England)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Nathan Lyon (Australia), Chris Woakes (England)
Most Sixes – Dawid Warner (Australia), Ben Stokes (England)
Man of the Match – Chris Woakes
Team Scores Batting first – Australia 260+, England 285+
Match Handicap England
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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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