England will look to make a comeback into the 2015 Ashes when they take on Australia at Birmingham from July 29. The Ashes 3rd Test betting tips & predictions can be found throughout this article.
England won the Test in less than two and a half days by eight wickets.
Day Two Latest Update & Odds
England 4/7, Draw: 500/1, Australia: 22/1
Johnson rips through the English middle-order by picking up two wickets in the same over; Bairstow and Stokes gone to brute of deliveries. England 20-odd runs ahead as Root gets to his half-century.
England managed to recover slightly through Moeen Ali and Stuart Broad and went on to take a lead of 145 in the end. In reply, Chris Rogers fell early and despite an aggressive 62-ball 77 from the David Warner blade, Australia are still a few runs behind making England bat again. And they have lost six wickets.
Day One Update:
Australia won the toss & decided to bat first. No change in the Australia team, England bring in Jonny Bairstow for Gary Ballance while Mark Wood has suffered an injury and will be replaced by Steven Finn.
One hour into the play, Australia have lost three wickets for just 38. There was little bit more in the pitch and James Anderson, Stuart Broad and Steven Finn have done well to combine and pick up David Warner, Steven Smith and Michael Clarke. And now it’s started to rain. Following the rain break, Rogers and Voges came back well to see through to the lunch break with Australia at 72 for three.
It was after the lunch break that James Anderson ran amok in the Aussie batting order. Voges left early and was followed to the pavillion by some inept & indecisive batting. Australia were bowled out for a paltry total of 136.
In reply, England were 133 for three at stumps thanks to an ultra-aggressive Ian Bell fifty and some wayward Aussie bowling. They will now want to bat the second day to bat Australia out of the game.
How the tables have turned. From being 1-0 down in the series and enduring calls to sack a truckload of players in the squad to relegating England to a 405-run defeat in the Lord’s Test, Australia seem to have come the full circle.
Now with the series tied at 1-1, it’s interesting to see that all the noise is coming from the Australian side of the dressing room and the latest barb to be fired was from Mitchell Starc. Starc contended that if England found it difficult to bat on a placid track at Lord’s, they could just run the risk of being blown away if the pitch at Edgbaston, where they will be playing in the third Test, was a more sporting one for the bowlers.
England, on the other hand, will know the risks of going in with such a pitch but this is a new-age side which wants to play aggressive cricket. And aggressive cricket doesn’t only mean in terms of how they bat against the opposition bowlers but also the mindset they have before a game.
And England will need to go in with a mindset believing they can outdo Australia on a green, seaming surface. Without that aggression and without that thought process, England could end up being dead ducks yet again.
In terms of what happened in the previous Test, the team winning the toss and batting first won the game again. One can only hope that won’t end up being a trend through the rest of the series.
Australia retaliated through Steven Smith and Chris Rogers with the bat and then had Mitchell Johnson returning back to his really quick best over both the innings. On a slow pitch, he hurried the English batsmen and almost brought back memories from the previous Ashes whitewash.
England batted poorly after having conceded aplenty and as a result of that, have had to drop their out of form Gary Ballance. The other couple of changes have been positional – Ian Bell to bat at three despite his poor run and Joe Root has gotten himself a promotion to four after which Jonny Bairstow makes a return to the team.
Australia have a question-mark over their selection of Chris Rogers, who suffered a spell of dizziness brought about by a blow to his head. In his partner, David Warner’s words, Rogers thought the pavillion was moving around and that cannot be good news.
The good news is he seems fit now and if he can go by another day without those symptoms, he might be in for a recall. If not, Shaun Marsh will take his place. The rest of the side remains the same but captain Michael Clarke is in a dire need of runs.
Ashes 3rd Test Probable XIs:
England have made at least one change to their playing XI with the inclusion of Bairstow in place of Ballance. What remains to be seen is if they can bring in either Steven Finn or a second spinner in Adil Rashid for this Test in place of Mark Wood. Wood has shown a tendency to taper away in pace through the course of a series, but he has had a longish break between the two Tests and could still be in line to retain his place.
Australia have two question-marks. Does Rogers play and what happens to Peter Nevill. Rogers’ physical symptoms will decide on his selection but for Nevill it’s a different call altogether. Nevill stood in for Brad Haddin after he decided to take a break from the previous game because of personal issues. Both Haddin and Nevill were played in the tour game before this and Nevill kept wickets while Haddin featured as a pure batsman. Who plays?
Reports have said former stumper Ian Healy reckons it would be a harsh call to drop Haddin if he is mentally up for it.
Players to watch out for:
Joe Root (England):
After an excellent first Test that helped him win the man-of-the-match award and his side the Test, Root failed in both innings of the second Test. Now he will skip up to the number four position which puts a lot more pressure on his shoulders – will he succeed or will the pressure of playing up the order against a very strong bowling attack see him fall away?
Mitchell Starc (Australia):
Starc has challenged England to prepare green tops and if they do take the bait to help their own bowlers, the Aussie seam attack will benefit too. Starc’s ability to get it right up to the bat and get it to swing will then hold the key and if he can maintain his lines and lengths, things could get real nasty for England.
Ashes England v Australia head to head:
Australia lead the Ashes head to head 129-104 after they defeated England at Lord’s. At Birmingham, there have been a total of 13 matches played between these two sides and England lead 5-3 with five others having ended in a draw. This was the venue for one of the greatest Ashes Tests in recent memory, when in 2005, England carved out a thrilling two-run win. In 2009, the game between these two sides ended in a tame draw because of inclement weather.
Ashes 3rd Test betting tips:
Australia to win: 5/1
David Warner to be Australia’s top batsman: 10/3 – Also get double odds if Warner scores a century!
Mitchell Starc to be Australia’s top bowler: 3/1
Where to watch the Ashes 3rd Test?
Fans from England can tune in to Sky Sports to watch the Ashes series live on TV while Aussies will be able to watch it live on Channel Nine. Indian viewers can watch it live on Star Sports 1.
Match starts at 11 am local time (1000 hours GMT or 9 pm AEDT) on July 29.