England vs Australia 3rd Test: Cricket Betting Tips
While limited-overs games will always attract attention, there are many of us who still feel test cricket is the pinnacle of the game. The ongoing Ashes England vs Australia 3rd Test series is backing up that view with some incredible battles over the course of the first two matches.
Poor weather at Lord’s denied England a series-leveling win, but the draw keeps the contest alive and it also gives the host nation their first points in the new World Test Championship. Can England go one better at Headingley or will Australia respond and claim a 2-0 lead? Here are the cricket odds for England versus Australia.
What are the cricket odds for England v Australia?
England vs Australia 3rd Test starts at Leeds this Thursday, August 22. England’s performance at Lord’s makes them clear favorites to win the match. Joe Root’s men start at cricket betting odds of 1.83 with Bet365 while Australia are available at 2.75 with Betway. The good news is the weather forecast is improving and with no rain expected over five days, we can probably disregard the draw at 7.50 with Betway.
Based on those prices, the sportsbooks had already decided that Steve Smith will take no part in this match. His concussion scare at Lord’s made the former skipper a big doubt and his absence was confirmed early on Tuesday. The result may not come down to just one man, but, having scored over 370 runs in three innings so far, Smith was vital for Australia’s chances.
Having tipped England at Lord’s, we will stay with the favorites who are improving as the series develops, while making key changes to the bowling attack.
What are the Top Batsman Odds for England v Australia?
England is finding their form with the bat too. Rory Burns followed his hundred at Edgbaston with a half-century at Lord’s as Ben Stokes made his first ton of the series. One man looking to get back into ‘nick’ is Joe Root, but the skipper remains the favorite to top score for the hosts on first innings.
Root is available at odds of 4.00, a figure puts him ahead of Rory Burns at 5.00. You can claim Jason Roy, Jos Buttler, and Ben Stokes at the same odds of 6.00. Completing the list of likely picks are Jonny Bairstow at 6.50 and Joe Denly at 7.50. All of those figures are with Bet365 who is the only one of our recommended sportsbooks to have declared top batsman odds so far.
Moving across to Australia’s version of this market and with Smith now officially ruled out, we have some longer priced options for Headingley. David Warner is struggling to replicate his World Cup form. However, you could claim the left-hander at 4.33 – a figure making Warner the new favorite, followed by Usman Khawaja at 5.00.
Cameron Bancroft will likely keep his place despite a poor run of form and the opener is available at 5.50. There are other Aussie batters worth considering. Marnus Labuschagne and Travis Head at a quoted at 6.00, plus Matthew Wade at 6.50.
We were looking for a return to form by David Warner, even before Steve Smith was ruled out. He’s endured a dismal series so far, but the hope is the quality batter will find his touch before long. Perhaps, he will step up and take greater responsibility in Smith’s absence.
Top Batsman Odds Summary: England: Root 4.00, Burns 5.00, Roy 6.00, Buttler 6.00, Stokes 6.00, Bairstow 6.50, Denly 7.50.
Australia: Warner 4.33 (Bet365 – Editor’s Pick), Khawaja 5.00, Bancroft 5.50, Head 6.00, Labuschagne 6.00 , Wade 6.50.
What are the Man of the Match Odds for England v Australia?
We’ve gone for two favorites thus far so we’ll take a longer price for our final Satta of the game. England found a World Class talent in Jofra Archer. Following a solid debut at Lord’s, we’re backing the paceman to enjoy conditions at Leeds and return some devastating figures.
We’ll list the other options below but at 11.00, Archer looks exceptional value to win Man of the Match.
Man of the Match Odds Summary: Root 8.00, Stokes 8.00, Archer 11.00 (Betway – Editor’s Pick), Broad 11.00, Cummins 11.00, Warner 13.00, Buttler 21.00.