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Archer to shine once again for England? Get England vs Australia Ashes tips

Ben Darvill 20 Aug 2019
  • England vs Australia starts at 11:00 BST on Thursday, August 22 at Headingley 
England celebrate the wicket of Cameron Bancroft (credit:John Walton/PA Wire/PA Images)

Can England win the third Test and make it 1-1 in the series, or will the Aussies find a way to cope without Steve Smith and extend their lead? Read on for our best bets for the third Ashes Test.

England vs Australia Predictions

Well, what a difference a few rained off sessions of cricket makes. England went from under the boot to well and truly on top in the space of a few hours of cricket at Lord’s this week and now, with Australian talisman and serial run-scorer Steve Smith ruled out of the third Test, the Aussies are really up against it. 

With the second Test rocking back and forth like a wooden horse, England and Australia were both well in with a chance of winning the second match of the 2019 Ashes on the final day, but following Ben Stokes’ awesome century on the final day, Australia were battling to save their skin after some incredibly aggressive bowling from Jofra Archer had put them on the back-foot. That same bowling was something that had put the fear back in the Australian batting lineup as Archer continually peppered the opposition with quick and aggressive bowling that is the reason why Steve Smith has been ruled out of the third Test after he was struck on the head by a bouncer from Archer. 

The incredible debut for Archer, which saw him pick up five wickets in the match was supreme and he could have had more with the Australians finding it very tough to deal with his pace. Now, Archer will be targeting more hard-hitting bowling to push Australia further back, with the side that won the first Test now the underdog once again. With this in mind and hopefully a full five days of cricket to come, we feel backing the youngster to pick up the man of the match award is the way forward. At 7/1 we feel Archer offers great value and he is BetFred’s favourite along with Ben Stokes at the same price, while Smith is valued at 11/2, but with the batsman ruled out it means Archer is even better value in our eyes now. 

Win wise, we cannot look away from England. Joe Root’s men played things superbly on the final day as they ground out the overs to see Australia off early on before accelerating with Stokes at the crease. Root then played his declaration at a near-perfect time with the Aussies far enough behind that they would not get the required runs in that time but left with enough overs to get bowled out. While Root has struggled to really score the runs to back up his ability this series, his captaincy has been very good and he will look to dominate an Australian side that is now without their captain (with Smith the man Tim Paine always seems to be consulting before doing anything), and we feel he will do exactly that at Headingley, with England knowing they simply have to win this Test and make the most out of the fact that Steve Smith’s batting will not be an issue in this Test. Without the world’s best Test batsman in Smith around, we think it is England’s match to lose. 

England vs Australia Match Winner Betting Odds:

England to win: 4/6 @ BetFred

Draw: 2/1 @ BetFred

Australia to win: 6/1 @ BetFred 

The Story of the 2019 Ashes

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

2nd Test - England (258 & 258/5d) and Australia (250 & 154/6) ended in a draw

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