The Ashes Fifth Test Betting Tips, Preview and Predictions
The Ashes Fifth Test Betting Tips
For many, the Fifth Test would have been one which was to decide the Ashes. For many other England fans, that was wishful thinking.
The latter turned out to be right and the Three Lions will go into the test at the Sydney Cricket Ground desperate to at least add a One to the series score
Australia naturally go into the game as favourite, with William Hill giving them odds of 4/6 to win the test. England do have hope though.
Alastair Cook had a brilliant knock in the Boxing Day test, hitting 244 not out, the highest score by any visiting player at the MCG.
England go into January 4 at 3/1 to win, a venue where they were beaten by 281 runs last time around.
They will be reliant on Cook again this test, with the opener at 4/1 to top score for his country in the first innings.
Naturally, top hitter for the Aussies will fall at Steve Smith’s feet. He’s frustrated the tourists throughout the series and has 604 runs so far at an average of 151.
He looks unbreakable and will undoubtedly pick up player of the series come stumps in Sydney.
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There looks like there will be a few changes for Sydney, with nobody quite sure how the pitch will play.
For England, Moeen Ali could be dropped for the first time after struggling throughout the series.
He’s picked up just three wickets for 135 runs a piece this series and bowled just 13.2 overs in Melbourne, a real sign he’s losing the trust of captain Joe Root.
With the bat it’s been a similar story, hitting just 136 runs at an average of just over 19.
Mason Crane has thrown his hat into the ring to replace him. The leg spinner has yet to win a cap for England but had already had success at the SCG and could help his country pick up the win.
Australia are also looking to bring a spinner in, with Ashton Agar added to the squad.
He’ll likely play alongside Nathan Lyon in a two-pronged spin attack, which could cause serious issues for Root and Co.
Mitchell Starc is also set to return to the Aussie attack after missing the Fourth Test with a bruised heel.
He’ll lead the line and is at 9/4 to be Australia’s leading wicket taker in the test, that’s in addition to the series leader with 19 wickets at 21 runs a piece.
Of course, a few big innings could see the Ashes play out a 3-0 win for Australia and a draw in the final test. The bookmakers have that priced around 7/2 as we slowly creep towards the One Day Series and the potential return of Ben Stokes, a man England have sorely missed.