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Archer to help England bounce back? Get England vs Australia Ashes tips

Ben Darvill 13 Aug 2019
  • The 2nd Ashes Test between England and Australia starts at 11:00 BST on Wednesday, August 14 at Lord's 
England's captain Joe Root (credit: Nick Potts/PA Wire/PA Images)

England take on Australia at Lord's looking to hit back immediately from their poor performance at Edgbaston, while Australia will be desperate to go 2-0 up in the series with another win, taking them to within a single result of retaining the urn. Get our best bets for the second Ashes Test between England and Australia. 

England vs Australia Predictions

England vs Australia Betting Tips 


It was the worst possible start to an Ashes series for England as they were soundly beaten by an Australian side that took their chances when they were presented to them. With the Aussies barely scoring in excess of 100 for eight wickets on the first day things seemed rosy for the home side, but Steve Smith proved that time has not diminished his ability as he dragged the touring side to a competitive total. In reply England made it to 374 before Smith once again put Joe Root’s bowlers to the sword, with a sublime score of 142 backing up his 144 from the first innings. Victory was secured in the end by a comfortable margin of 251 runs, with England unable to last until tea on the final day. 

For England, defeat was bad, but their problems run deeper than a simple one-off loss. Most importantly, all-time leading wicket taker James Anderson suffered a calf injury and is out of the second Test, while the return to form of Smith coupled with the struggles of Jason Roy, Joe Denly, Moeen Ali and Jonny Bairstow are a huge worry for this England side with four Ashes Tests to come. Jofra Archer’s return to action for Sussex seconds brought 6-27 and a century to boost his own hopes of selection, but England may have to tinker more with their lineup than solely bringing in just one bowler to replace Anderson, with their batting looking all at sea against the Aussie bowling attack on the fifth and final day, with Nathan Lyon in particular looking dangerous. 


What a start to the summer of Test cricket it was for the touring side. Coming in as underdogs is not a situation the Australian national side often find themselves in, but how they enjoyed it. Smith looked unbelievable in both innings as England had absolutely no answer for his battling style as he kept the side alive with the bat. With the ball, Pat Cummins, Nathan Lyon, Peter Siddle and James Pattinson looked like a superb bowling unit as they gave England no end of problems with swing, spin and pace knocking the home team over with time to spare in the end. 

Now, all attention switches to Lord’s on W as Australia look to make it two wins in two and move to within a single result of retaining the Ashes. Mitchell Starc will likely come back into the team at the expense of Siddle, who will feel very unlucky to miss out after bowling beautifully in the first Test but, with the extra pace and aggression Starc brings on that Lord’s surface, we think he could be a potential match winner for his side. Not much else will likely change in this Aussie side with Smith likely to lead the runs scoring charge again, while England will be desperate to see David Warner dismissed early yet again, or they will have real problems on their hands if Smith and Warner both hit runs in tandem. 

England vs Australia Betting Tips 

Match Winner 

Here, we are genuinely torn about which side to go with. Australia displayed everything they needed to show in the first Test to convince us that they have more than enough to win this Ashes series. Of course, it should be remembered that so do England, but hitting the ground running in the way Australia did is important. England meanwhile had to contend with the Aussies without their best bowler and, even if it had not have been Anderson missing and instead another of their main bowlers, they would still have had to play most of the test without one of their front-line bowlers, which is incredibly tiring, something that showed on Stuart Broad’s face come the fifth day. Archer’s likely inclusion would give England a real bite with his pace, but he will be in direct competition with the more experienced and Test-savvy Starc, who will be chomping at the bit after missing out on the first Test. 

It will be incredibly interesting to see what happens to England’s batting lineup too, with Denly, Roy and Bairstow all under the microscope, while Ali’s form with bat and ball continues to evade him. Perhaps a return to the team for Ben Foakes as wicketkeeper may help to put all of Bairstow’s focus back on batting, while Stokes could be worthy of a move up the order such has been his impressive form with the bat. If England can provide a more solid base with the bat in the second Test then we think they will give Australia a lot of problems, but their temperament must be questioned, with many batsmen guilty of just giving their wickets away. If England can get off to a good start though then we are backing the inclusion of the pacy Archer along with a renewed sense of purpose in the team as they look to bounce back from what was a very disappointing start to the series. 

Top Australian Batsman 

Is it possible to go to anyone other than Steve Smith for this one? Smith’s scores of 144 and 142 were instrumental in Australia winning the match, with his total of 246 in the contest playing a massive role in Australia winning by 251 runs. It is left to the imagination of the population to muse upon what might have happened if Smith was not in the side or had gone cheaply. Despite the fact Smith does not offer massive value at 13/8 with Betfred, he looked head and shoulders above the rest, and this shows in the betting, with David Warner next favourite to top score for Australia at 7/2. Smith’s average currently stands at a ridiculous 62.96 in Test cricket while he goes at 60.84 against England along with 10 centuries and six half-centuries in 40 innings. While his average of 48.17 at Lord’s is not quite the game breaking total we are used to seeing from him, he boasts a massive high score of 215 at the ground, something he will want to emulate in the second Test. While we are not betting on Smith smashing a double hundred at the ground in this one, we do think he will score runs, with the ease at which he scored two centuries in the first Test against England’s bowling attacking simply stunning. The home side will be focussing on the best way to bowl at him and how to get him out over the next week or so, but we fear for England on this front, with Smith in outstanding form once again. 

Final Tip To Come. 

The 2019 Ashes So Far

1st Test (Edgbaston) - Australia (284 & 487/7d) beat England (374 & 146) by 251 runs 

England vs Australia Match Winner Betting Odds

England to win: 5/4 @ Betfred

Draw: 5/1 @ Betfred

Australia: 6/5 @ Betfred

England vs Australia Predictions

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