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The Ashes 2nd Test Tips & Betting Preview

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The Ashes 2nd Test Tips & Betting Preview

We are just one Ashes Test deep this summer, and England are staring down the barrel: Australia seem stronger in most departments, and if Joe Root’s guys succumb to the old foe in Lord’s–a floor where they have always struggled–they could kiss the urn goodbye. Even the Edgbaston Test was a stressing wake-up telephone; England were outperformed with the ball (particularly from the turning section ) and outperformed by Australia’s supposedly shaky top-order. England have only beaten Australia double at Lord’s in Test matches as 1934, and although I’d love to dive right into why England can defy history, conquer Australia and claw themselves back into the show, it is looking as though the weather will have the last laugh. Wednesday (the launching day) looks like a complete washout, since does Saturday, while Friday’s forecast is hit-and-miss in the best. Naturally, I have no doubt England are capable of losing to Australia in 2 days (just consider the way they performed against Ireland for large sections of that suit ), but considering the quantity of rain forecast, it is tough to pass up 16/11 on a draw. Just two of Root’s games as England skipper have ended in draws–highlighting the cut-and-thrust nature of the present side–but I would expect to find another come Sunday. My very first player-based tip will be for Mitchell Starc to be top Australian bowler in their first innings. Starc wasn’t selected for the very first Test–a great move considering the result–although the Aussies are still trying to embrace a horses-for-courses strategy this show, meaning Starc’s selection for this match is really a no-brainer. In little over 54 overs bowled at the Home of Cricket in all formats, the Aussie left-armer has claimed 12 scalps; Starc is a master exponent of this Lord’s incline, bringing the ball to right-handed batsmen seeking to snare them LBW, and considering five of England’s top seven right-handers, that suggestion has plenty of promise. Even the 29-year-old ran riot against England at Lord’s in the World Cup, and that I could envisage a similar scenario this time around. Priced at a gigantic 3/1, I have Chris Woakes as best England bowler. There is one simple reason for this: Woakes has obtained 24 Test wickets at Lord’s at an average of 9.75. Those figures are completely sensational. Conditions will probably favour the seamers, therefore obviously Stuart Broad is a major player in this marketplace (90 wickets @27.22 in Lord’s) although Jofra Archer will be the greatest wildcard, but 3/1 is much too large a price for Woakes inside this second Exam. Read more: