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The Ashes 2019 - Series Preview

Ashes 4th Test - Preview

We’ve officially passed the halfway point of the 71st Ashes series where England are looking to tie the all-time head-to-head series 33-33, but they’ll require at least one win from the next two test matches and must avoid defeat in the other which would appear unlikely considering England’s current form in the competition. Here at 21.co.uk we’re taking a very short break from our fantastic Live Casino to ensure our customers are in the best possible position to bet on the ashes with our Cricket betting preview. For further cricket betting odds choose the 21.co.uk online betting markets for more variety, that also goes for football betting and horse racing betting.

2019 Ashes Series so far

First Test

The first test of the 2019 Ashes series saw Australia win the opening game of an Ashes series in England for the first time since 2005. England looked in control until Steve Smith stepped up to bat in the second innings with the intent of re-creating his first-innings century. Smith and Travis head gave Australia a substantial lead and England somehow now needed 398 just to draw the first test. England then capitulated and lost by 251 runs, to make matters worse they also lost James Anderson to injury.

Steve Smith to be Australia’s Top Batsmen - 2/1

Second Test

From day one of the second test, it looked very likely that barring a bowling masterclass the match would result in a draw. The first innings were even due to a knock of 92 from Smith, and some impressive bowling from Pat Cummings looked set to give Australia a 0-2 lead. However, Ben Stokes stepped up for England and delivered a match-saving century which made momentarily made the hosts favourites for the game on day five. England made a fantastic start with test debutant Jofra Archer causing havoc with is bowling, and after a very unfortunate concussion injury to Steve Smith, it looked as though the game was there for the taking. However, unfortunately for England, his replacement - Marnus Labuschagne picked up where Smith left off, and England were unable to bowl Australia out on the final day.

Jofra Archer to be England’s top 1st innings Bowler - 5/2

Third Test

The third test looked almost certain to end England’s hopes of regaining the Ashes after they were bowled out for 67 at Headingley- their lowest total since 1948, especially after Australia had been bowled out for 179 following an Archer masterclass. The Aussies then gave England the challenge of their highest ever run chase in test cricket. At lunch on day 4, England had hope due to a partnership of Jonny Bairstow and Stoke, but the England wicketkeeper and four others left it all to do for Ben Stokes and last man in Jack Leach. The hosts had one wicket remaining, and needing 73 runs for victory, Leach took on the best Australia had to offer and survived to allow England’s World Cup hero to once again demonstrate his brilliance. Stokes hit an unbeaten 135 and England won by one wicket.

Australia to lead after the first innings - evens

4th Test Preview

It might be a surprise to some, but the tenacity England have shown to come back against Australia is well documented throughout history. On paper, you would argue the Australian side are far superior, and if this series was in Australia, it would probably already be over. However, top-class individual performances from batsmen and bowlers have allowed England to at least keeping within touching distance of the Aussies so far.

It’s clear that both England and Australian batsman prefer the ODI format, and that is evident when you look at their form in both formats. The major talking point of the 4th test are the two players who return from injury as Steve Smith is now available after his concussion and James Anderson is available for England, but that’s not all as Mitchell Starc looks to make his first appearance of the Ashes after impressing and picking up 3 wickets against Derbyshire on Friday.

Squads

England Australia
England Australia
Rory Burns David Warner
Joe Denly Marcus Harris
Joe Root Marnus Labuschagne
Jason Roy Steve Smith
Ben Stokes Travis Head
Jonny Bairstow Matthew Wade
Jos Buttler Tim Paine
Jofra Archer Pat Cummins
Stuart Broad Peter Siddle
Sam Curran Mitchell Starc
Jack Leach Nathan Lyon
Chris Woakes Josh Hazlewood

Our Cricket Betting Tips

A Century to be scored - ⅘

4th Test to be a Draw - 9/2

Fall of 1st Wicket, Under 27.5 runs - ⅔

Ben Stokes to be England's Top Batsman 1st Innings - 4/1

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