|England||$1.91 at Sportsbet|
|Draw||$6.80 at Sportsbet|
|Australia||$2.70 at Bet365|
A dramatic draw at Lord’s has built a great platform for the upcoming third Test of the 2019 Ashes series.
Steve Smith fought valiantly until a quick bouncer struck him in the neck, forcing him to leave the ground and sit out the final day of play
The Australian superstar will be able to play if he passes a range of tests in time for Thursday’s start at Headingley, but delayed concussion has put him in the ‘unlikely’ category.
Ben Stokes was fantastic in the second innings at St John’s Wood, making an unbeaten 115 to secure the draw for England while giving them a chance to bowl for the win.
Jofra Archer and Jack Leach almost got it done for the hosts, but fighting knocks from Travis Head and substitute batter Marnus Labuschagne saw the Aussies survive.
A win in Leeds for England would square up the series, but another victory to the Aussies would extend their lead to 2-0 with two Tests left to play.
England vs Australia 3rd Test betting predictions
Top England batsman – Jonny Bairstow @ $6.50 with Bet365
Bairstow returned to form with 52 in the first innings at Lord’s, which put him only a single run behind top scorer Rory Burns. England will be in the box seat to fire back at the Aussies and Bairstow is the man to lead the charge.
Top Australian batsman – David Warner @ $5 with Bet365
With Steve Smith in doubt, Warner will need to overcome his demons and lead from the opening ball. Stuart Broad has dismissed the Aussie opener three times in four innings, so navigating that issue is the first step – if Warner is picked, that is.
Highest individual score – Under 136.5 @ $1.90 with Bet365
The player most likely to crack 137 may be watching from the sidelines due to delayed concussion symptoms, which gives us the confidence to go unders on this tip. The most runs an Englishman has made thus far is 133 from Rory Burns – the only centurion for the hosts thus far.
Most match fours – England @ $1.80 with Bet365
The likes of Joe Root and Ben Stokes are very capable batsmen that know how to drive the ball well. With the visitors likely to be missing their best batter for this match, the English will hit more fours than the Australians.
Match result – England to win @ $1.91 with Sportsbet
With the momentum that England built over the course of the second Test, the hosts may well be the sharper side in Leeds. The Australian top order looks fragile already and will struggle to cope without Steve Smith holding everything together.
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