Australia v England: Fourth Ashes Test Preview

Cricket
Updated Tuesday 19th December 2017, 11:46 AM


The players have not even sat down for their Christmas dinners yet and Australia have already reclaimed the Ashes, but the big question now is whether they can go on to seal a 5-0 whitewash or whether England can salvage some pride in the remaining two matches. Here’s what the bookies reckon will happen at the MCG in the Boxing Day Test:

How the Bookies See it:

Type Odds Provider Bet Now
Series Correct Score
Australia 5-0
10/11
Australia 4-0
3/1
Australia 4/1
4/1
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Form

  • Australia’s series success has been based on the form of their four-man bowling attack - Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins and spinner Nathan Lyon - and the blistering batting of captain Steve Smith. Smith scored a double century in Perth to help turn the match round and found a perfect ally in Mitchell Marsh, who backed up his brother Shaun’s hundred in the previous match with a scintillating 181 of his own.
  • England have been competitive at times in this series but suffered another couple of batting collapses in Perth. The form of former captain Alastair Cook, who averages just 13.83, has been particularly concerning, while Stuart Broad has managed to take just five wickets in three matches. Dawid Malan did make a fine maiden Test century in Perth, though, while Jonny Bairstow also justified his promotion in the order with 119.

Sports.net’s View

The momentum is all with the home team and there is almost a feeling that a repeat of the 2013/14 whitewash could be inevitable, with most bookies rating the chances of a 5-0 result as odds-on. The chances of Australia taking their foot off the pedal seem remote, but there could be a glimmer of hope for the tourists if paceman Mitchell Starc is rested in Melbourne due to concerns over a heel injury.

A number of Australia’s batsmen have also been short of runs, and they have been too reliant on captain Steven Smith. David Warner is their other standout player but he has contributed surprisingly little, apart from an unbeaten 87 in the first Test, and will be determined to make an impact. The odds on Warner being Australia’s leading scorer in Melbourne will be better after such a quiet series, so he could be worth a flutter.

Sports.net’s Top Tip

Type Odds Provider Bet Now
Single
David Warner to be Australia's top scorer
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*Please note, odds may fluctuate.


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