Each of the Ashes Tests this series has been very close with Australia taking a two nil lead, winning each test match on the final day, by two wickets and 43 runs respectively. England got themselves back in the Ashes series with a win at Headingley, securing the victory by just three wickets.
There isn’t a lot between the sides and it’s small margins that have defined each of the matches so far. The 3rd Ashes test saw England chase down 251 in the final innings and after a couple of scares, they got the target with three tickets in hand.
England have batted well enough throughout the Ashes series to give them a chance to level the series at Old Trafford, with big performances from Stokes, Duckett, Brook and Crawley. The pitch at Edgbaston and Lords were in the batsman’s favour and higher scores were present in both games.
Bowling wise; the introduction of Chris Woakes and Mark Wood in the third test was a massive boost for England as Wood took five wickets in the Australia first innings and Woakes took three wickets in both innings. They are crucial to England leveling the series as the quickness of their attack has shown to cause the Aussie batsman problems.
Looking at the Australia team in more detail, batting wise, they have similar qualities to England with Usman Khawaja having a strong series so far and Mitchell Marsh scored a big century in the recent third test and he is one player who could put pressure on England in this next test match.
Travis Head has caused England problems with key scores this series and no more than in the third test match, albeit, England were able to reach the 251 set of them in the 2nd innings. Steve Smith was a man in form in the opening two tests, and should he return to century form, then it could be a tough time for England.
The Aussie bowling attack is strong with Cummins and Starc in great form. But without Nathan Lyon the back up quality is not there. Lyon is a massive loss for Australia and this could be the deciding factor.
England have given themselves a chance to level the series in this test match and our Punters.pub view is that with Woakes and Wood in good form and the loss of Nathan Lyon for Australia, our Punters.pub bet of the day is England to win the 4th Ashes test at 13/10 with Bet365.
England can follow up the 3rd test win with another one at Old Trafford and then it’s all to play for at The Oval.