England v Australia 2nd Test: Cricket Betting Tips

By Matt Harris on August 12, 2019

The oldest rivalry in cricket takes place on Wednesday as the second Ashes Test resumes, this time at Lord’s. But who are the bookmakers backing and where should cricket bettors be placing their wagers? Here are our 2nd Test tips for England v Australia.

Australia take a 1-0 lead in the 2019 Ashes series. Tim Paine’s men have also claimed the first points of the newly-formed World Test Championship.

England, on the other hand, ultimately failed to capitalise on a sizable first innings lead at Edgbaston. With two key changes to their lineup, though, the home side will be hopeful of squaring this five-match series.

What are the 2nd Test tips for England v Australia?

England had been clear favourites for an opening win, but as we head into the second test, Australia have sneaked in front. It’s therefore currently a very tight market for Lord’s with the Aussies available at 2.37 with Betway, and the same sportsbook having Joe Root’s men just behind at 2.40. We need to mention the draw which is quoted at 4.50. With some rain in the forecast for three of the five days, this may be a distinct possibility.

England were abject on the final two days of the first test and things could start to get worse for the home side. The absence of Jimmy Anderson hindered the cause, while Steve Smith’s 286 runs over two innings took the game away. It’s not looking good, but after backing the outsiders in the first test, we’re doing so again.

Jofra Archer and the Lord’s slope need to combine to dismiss Smith cheaply. However, we think this series is far from over.

Match Odds Summary: England: 2.40 (Betway – Editor’s Pick), Australia: 2.40, The Draw 4.50.

What are the top batsman 2nd Test tips for England v Australia?

– England First Batsman Picks

Rory Burns answered critics with his first test century as England posted a healthy total of 374 on first innings. The Surrey man looked solid for most of that knock, too. He is now available at 5.50 with Betway in England’s top batsman market for Lord’s.

Joe Root is the favourite in this market at 3.60 with Bet365. Jason Roy follows at 5.50 with Bet365 again. Meanwhile, England’s middle order shows Joe Denly at 7.00, Jos Buttler at 7.00 and Ben Stokes at 7.50. Jonny Bairstow’s poor run of form, though, has seen him drift out to 8.50. All of those prices are with Bet365.

– Australia First Batsman Picks

When we move across to Australia, there is an obvious favourite to top score on first innings. Steve Smith is as short as 2.50 in places, but you can improve on that slightly by taking odds of 3.00. David Warner follows at 5.00, while Usman Khawaja and Cameron Bancroft are both quoted at 6.00.

Other, middle order options for the Aussies include Matthew Wade at 7.00, Travis Head at 8.00 and Tim Paine at 17.00.

Needless to say, Steve Smith looks too short at those odds of 3.00. The good news, however, is that there is value in other Aussie players. David Warner is our pick for this game and while the opener was out of touch at Edgbaston, he won’t be out of form for long.

We’re backing Warner to rediscover his World Cup form and 5.00 is an excellent price.

Top Batsman Odds Summary: England: Root 3.60, Roy 5.50, Burns 5.50, Denly 7.00, Buttler 7.00, Stokes 7.50, Bairstow 8.50.

Australia: Smith 3.00, Warner 5.00 (Bet365 – Editor’s Pick), Khawaja 6.00, Bancroft 6.00, Wade 7.00, Head 8.00, Paine 17.00.

What are the first innings score 2nd Test tips for England v Australia?

We’ve been unsure on our third Satta pick for this game: England’s top bowler market was our intended destination. Still, Archer, Broad and Stokes are all quoted at 3.75, meaning there’s no great value there.

Instead, we’ll finish with first innings score in this test where odds of 2.25 are being offered for the total to be under 288.5. Steve Smith and Rory Burns aside, we saw that both teams were shaky in taking their first knocks. In conditions that should help the bowlers on Wednesday, a low total therefore looks to be the likely outcome.

First Innings Score Odds Summary: Under 288.5: 2.25 (Bet365 – Editor’s Pick), Over 288.5: 1.57:.