England v Australia 5th Test: Odds and Betting Preview
Hosts England battled bravely but eventually, The Ashes were retained by a superior cricket team. Australia’s batting may have been held together by Steve Smith at times but the tourists’ seam attack also held the key to a successful defence of the Urn.
A 2-1 series lead also gives the Aussies a good start in the World Test Championship but while the Ashes may be gone, England retain hopes of squaring things up at The Oval.
What are the cricket odds for England v Australia?
The fifth and final test in this series starts on Thursday and for once, Australia will start as favourites. Tim Paine’s men are available at 2.05 with Bet365 while Betway have England down at 2.50. Betway also have the best numbers on the draw at 6.50 but with a good weather forecast for London, we should get a positive result.
Having been outplayed at Old Trafford, England somehow think that the same side can turn things around at The Oval. The hosts are struggling in a number of areas and seriously need to rebuild and while they’ve kept faith in a dogged side, the performances haven’t been good as a whole.
At the start of this series, we were looking at a 3-2 series win for Australia: Thanks to poor weather at Lord’s it will end up at 3-1 because we just cannot see England improving enough.
What are the top batsman odds for England v Australia?
England may change their bowling line up but it’s likely that they will go in with the same batting order. At Old Trafford last time out, Rory Burns top scored with 81 and the opener received support from Joe Root who made 71. It means that Root will start as favourite at 4.00 with Bet365 to make most England first innings runs at The Oval while Burns follows at 5.00 with Bet365 again.
Ben Stokes follows at 5.50 with Joe Denly at 6.50. The remaining England batters are out of ‘nick’ but you could look for a Satta on Jonny Bairstow at 7.00, Jason Roy at 7.00 or Jos Buttler at 8.00. Once again, all of those prices are with Bet365 who are the only one of our recommended sportsbooks to have declared top batsman odds.
For Australia, the run machine that is Steve Smith continues to rumble on. A double ton in Manchester makes him a clear favourite once again and the former skipper is as short as 2.10. Marnus Labuschagne is also in form and can be picked up at 5.00 while David Warner has lost his touch and is out at 6.00 as a result. Other Aussie batters include Marcus Harris at 8.00, Travis Head at 9.00 and Matthew Wade at 11.00. Once again, all of those numbers are with Bet365.
We’re going to give David Warner one last chance here. Steve Smith may be a logical option but we cannot recall seeing odds as short as 2.10 in any top batsman market. Warner may be struggling against Stuart Broad but he won’t be out of touch for too long so we’ll back him to deliver.
Top Batsman Odds Summary: Root 4.00 (Bet365), Burns 5.00 (Bet365), Stokes 5.50 (Bet365), Denly 6.50 (Bet365), Bairstow 7.00 (Bet365), Roy 7.00 (Bet365), Buttler 8.00 (Bet365).
Australia: Smith 2.10 (Bet365), Labuschagne 5.00 (Bet365), Warner 6.00 (Bet365 – Editor’s Pick), Harris 8.00 (Bet365), Head 9.00 (Bet365), Wade 11.00 (Bet365).
What are the total runs in match odds for England v Australia?
We’ll finish a great series with a market that we don’t tend to consider for test matches. Having taken a bit of a punt on David Warner in the previous section, we’ll keep things shorter this time and take Bet365’s odds of 1.90 on over 1085.5 runs in the match.
For this Satta to come in, we may need Australia to bat first but that’s a relatively low mark that only needs around 275 runs per innings for it to land. The Oval can be a quick-scoring ground so that looks a value option with which to complete this round up.
Total Runs in Match Odds Summary: Over 1085.5: 1.90 (Bet365 – Editor’s Pick), Under 1085.5: 1.90 (Bet365).