After another thrilling test match, Australia lead 2-0 in the series and know that a win or a draw in Headingley in the 3rd Ashes test will mean they retain the iconic trophy. Both test matches have been hugely entertaining and both gone right down to the wire on the 5th day of play.
Australia have come out on top in both matches and have just managed to have enough quality to fend off England, with their batting in the first test and with the ball in the 2nd test.
We did see some controversy in the 2nd test and Jonny Bairstow was stumped by Aussie wicket keeper Carey and some may say this was not in the spirit of the game, but the laws of the game rule that this was a dismissal.
Ben Stokes tried his best to deliver a match winning innings in the 2nd innings for England, but they fell short of the target and Australia bowled England out to claim the victory.
For England to get over the line in this test match, they must do better with the ball and with some changes expected with Mark Wood fit again, this may see Jimmy Anderson taken out of the fire, and this may improve England’s chances of giving them an edge.
Australia scored 416 in their first innings and then 279 in the 2nd, and this was enough to give them the victory given England could only manage 325 and 327 runs in each innings. As per the first test match, England needed to reduce Australia’s runs by 50+, which by taking key wickets of the top batsman earlier, can help them win this upcoming test.
Batting wise England are doing ok. Root, Duckett and Stokes are all in good form and can cope with the Aussie attack. Plus with no Nathan Lyons in this 3rd test, England will likely face a new challenge, but one they can look to exploit.
Stuart Broad is bowling well and with Ollie Robinson and Josh Tounge chipping in with key wickets, the addition of someone like Mark Wood can help the overall bowling unit perform a little better.
Australia will know England have to come out fighting and they can rise to the pressure given Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins are bowling well, plus Steve Smith and Usman Khawaja especially are in form with the bat. England must get these two out before they get set and hit a half century or more.
It all bodes for another intriguing test match and with England knowing it’s win or bust to regain the ashes, they will be ready to go from the first ball.
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With England knowing it’s win or bust and at least one change to the bowling line up, this can give them a boost when it comes to reducing the Australia first innings building up a lead. The crowd will once again be roaring England on and it’s so important for England to get off to a positive start and put Australia under pressure.
Both test matches so far have been won by small margins by the Australian side and England know if they cut out silly mistakes, they can win this test match and stay in the series.
At Punters.pub, we’re backing England to win this 3rd Ashes test match at 8/5 with Bet365.