FOLLOW BETTINGPRO

Ashes 2010: Australia v England 4th Test Day Three Preview

(credit: Andy roo)

Much like the first day of the fourth Ashes Test match between Australia and England at the Melbourne Cricket Ground belonged to the visitors. England had taken a lead of 346 runs by the time the time was called.

Overnight, the English side had already taken the game by the scruff of its neck by bowling Australia out for a paltry 98. Australia needed to restrict England down in their first innings; instead the English openers had got to 157/0 by the end of the first day.

Early on the second day, Peter Siddle stuck twice to get rid of both the opening batsmen. Alastair Cook had looked good to get to another century in the series but only managed to feather one to the slips while Andrew Strauss was stunned by one that bounced that little extra on to the batsman.

Then, Kevin Pietersen and Jonathon Trott got together and looked like taking the side out of trouble when Ricky Ponting got involved with the umpires in a squabble. The incident followed a UDRS referral from the Aussies which was negated by the third umpire and earned the ire of the Australian captain. Pietersen did not last too long after that but the manner in which the argument had petered out, it does look like the match referee could be looking to take the Australian captain to task.

Paul Collingwood and Ian Bell were soon consumed by short balls from Mitchell Johnson and at 286/5, it did look like the Aussies could be looking to restrict the English lead. Instead, Matt Prior benefitted from his dismissal being overturned because the bowler had overstepped and in company of Trott (141*) added an unbeaten 158 for the sixth wicket. This took the English lead to near-350 and made them favourites – 1/7 at Blue Square – to win the game and the Ashes.

With three days to go, the only way that the Aussies can recover from this situation is if the weather gods intervene. Or if they can repeat the manner in which England had batted at Brisbane. A draw is at 13/2 (BetFred), while the unlikely Australian win is at 33/1 (bet365).

comments powered by Disqus

All Cricket News

Recent The Ashes Articles

  • Piers Morgan accuses Matt Prior of back-stabbing Kevin Pietersen

    The Kevin Pietersen-sacking saga is turning into a Twitter-war between a staunch supporter of his, Piers Morgan and some of the others....

  • Are Kevin Pietersen & Andy Flower heading towards a collision course over IPL?

    Despite England coach Andy Flower issuing a clarification that any decision around any player involved in their dismal Ashes campaign will be taken at the end of the tour, Kevin Pietersen's place in the side could be in a bit of a jeopardy given his obvious inclination towards playing in the IPL....

  • Where does the England cricket team go from here?

    There has been a lot of talk around the dismal performance of the England side in the recently concluded Ashes series against Australia and whether or not there needs to be a change. ...

  • Five key performers who won the Ashes 2013-14 for Australia

    Australia managed a pummelling 5-0 result against England in the recently concluded Ashes series and their result was achieved thanks to a few key performances over the five games. ...

  • Five reasons why Australia won the 2013-14 Ashes series 5-0

    Australia registered a crushing win over England in the fifth and final Ashes Test match in Sydney to complete only their third whitewash in the history of their rivalry. ...

  • The Ashes betting odds – Australia 50/1 for 2015 whitewash

    Australia are now chalked up at 50/1 to complete a double-header of 5-0 victories in the Ashes, according to Ladbrokes....

  • Ashes 2013-14 5th Test betting - Rogers 100 at 4/5

    England look to be hurtling towards another defeat at the hands of Australia after collapsing in the first innings of the fifth and final Ashes Test in Sydney....

  • Ashes 2013-14 5th Test betting - England 7/4 to score less than 200.5

    Australia continued to fight back from difficult situations and notched up a more than respectable 326 in their first innings against England in Sydney....

  • Ashes 5th test tips - The Bettingpro.com team provide their best bets

    Bettingpro.com.au editor Gary Emmerson and cricket expert Suneer Chowdhary discuss the important betting issues ahead of the fifth and final test of the Ashes series at the SCG....

More Stories

Recent Articles

  • Phil Taylor wins Sydney Masters title

    Phil 'The Power' Taylor completed a quick fire double Down Under to add the Sydney Masters title to his Perth Masters win from last weekend. ...

  • Atletico Madrid v SD Eibar La Liga Round Two Preview Plus Betting Tips

    Atletico Madrid take on newcomers Eibar in La Liga on Saturday! ...

  • Mario Balotelli backed to become Liverpool FC great ahead of debut

    Steven Gerrard believes new signing Mario Balotelli can become a big star at Liverpool – if he wants it enough....

  • Betfred boost First Touchdown Scorer odds for NFL Week 1

    The 2014 NFL season finally gets underway this week and bookmaker Betfred is offering their “Double Delight” promotion for every game televised in the UK – starting with Thursday’s season opener between Green Bay Packers and Seattle Seahawks....

  • Next Manchester United FC Manager odds - Louis Van Gaal 10/3 to be fired before the end of the season

    Louis Van Gaal is now just 10/3 to leave Manchester United before the end of the season after a fourth successive match in charge of the Red Devils without a win. ...

  • Bet on the 2014 US Open and get a free bet from Paddy Power

    Paddy Power are offering a free tennis bet to punters betting on the final Grand Slam of 2014, the US Open....

  • Chelsea FC manager Jose Mourinho hails target Mattia Destro

    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has praised Mattia Destro amid reports the Roma striker is wanted as a replacement for AC Milan-bound Fernando Torres....

  • Liverpool FC defender Daniel Agger to rejoin former club Brondby

    Liverpool have confirmed that Daniel Agger has agreed a move to former club Brondby....

  • Hull City FC join race for Manchester United FC man Tom Cleverley

    Hull City have entered the race to sign Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley before the transfer window slams shut....

More Stories

Bookmaker offers

Breaking News


Watch LIVE Now!

Full Calendar

Streams About To Start!

Full Calendar

Share this with your friends

To:
From:
Your comments:

Ashes 2010: Australia v England 4th Test Day Three Preview

Much like the first day of the fourth Ashes Test match between Australia and England at the Melbourne Cricket Ground belonged to the visitors. England had taken a lead of 346 runs by the time the time was called.

Read more »