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2019 Ashes betting preview – Second Test, England vs Australia

Ashes 2nd Test betting preview
England $2.88 at Ladbrokes
Draw $2.87 at Bet365
Australia $2.85 at Sportsbet

The second leg of The Ashes 2019 will take place at Lord’s, where the English will look to tie up the series after Australia took out the first Test.

Steve Smith has been the most influential player to grace the field thus far, steering the visitors to victory at Edgbaston with match-turning scores of 144 and 142.

Although Smith has been enormous, England were able to knock off the Aussie top order easily in both innings.

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Stuart Broad will have a new paceman bowling alongside him when Jofra Archer makes his Test debut, but whether he can transition his T20 and ODI form into the five-day game remains to be seen.

James Anderson will not play for England as he suffered a hamstring injury within his first hour of bowling in Birmingham.

Moeen Ali is also out after a miserable display in the series opener, with Jack Leach stepping in as the lead spinner.

With the hosts shuffling the deck already, the Aussies have an unmissable opportunity to take their second win of the series.

England vs Australia 2nd Test top batsman tips

Rory Burns @ $5.50 with Sportsbet
When the game was there to be won early on, Burns was enormous for England with a dogged first-innings century. It takes large reserves of patience to face over 300 balls from the Australian attack, but Burns showed exactly why he was picked to fill the void left by Alastair Cook’s retirement.

Steve Smith @ $2.50 with Sportsbet
It would be extremely dangerous to bet against a man who is playing possessed. Smith could be guarding five stumps and he would still look comfortable at the crease. If Jofra Archer and Stuart Broad cannot find any swing or bounce, Smith will go on to make another massive score.

England vs Australia 2nd Test top bowler betting

Stuart Broad @ $3.75 with Sportsbet
He looked great for England early in the Australian first innings and will come into the second Test with revenge on his mind. Watching his mate James Anderson unable to bowl will fuel Broad, which is why he is the best choice in the England attack.

Nathan Lyon @ $4.50 with Sportsbet
Watching Lyon bowl on the fifth day at Edgbaston was among the highlights of a superb Test match. He won’t be able to pencil in Moeen Ali’s wicket this time around, but the Aussie off-spinner will be hard to play again at Lord’s if there is any help at all in the wicket.

Australia vs England 2nd Test predictions

Australia to win @ $2.85 with Sportsbet

With James Anderson out for England and Jofra Archer yet to prove himself at Test level, the Aussies should put their foot down and beat the English again.

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