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Andy Ward

3rd Ashes test from the WACA: betting preview

England find themselves in the Last Chance Saloon going into the 3rd Ashes Test in Perth – but don't tell them, they'll probably start pouring drinks over each other.

While Adelaide was highlighted as England's best chance of winning a Test in this series, Perth was flagged up as the worst. The WACA has been a fortress for Australia in recent years, and while pitches have sometimes been flat and run-heavy, I think it's more likely that a more traditional Perth wicket will be prepared.

David Warner has looked in good form so far, without going on to make a big score yet. That could change in this match as Warner loves a quick track and will be keen to really stamp his authority on the series. Take 4/1 (5.0) or higher on Warner scoring a Hundred in the Match – make sure to check you're betting on the match as a whole and not just the first innings.

Stuart Broad usually weighs in with a 5-fer or two during a series and it could be his time tomorrow. With Moeen struggling and Overton perhaps flattered by his 3 wickets in the first innings last time out, the wickets could be shared between Broad, Anderson and Woakes, and Broad's edge in height and bounce could see him home as England's top bowler in the first innings. Take 5/2 (3.5) or better.

Finally for a longer shot, England's reactive coaching setup may well bow to pressure to push Jonny Bairstow up the order, and as such he might be a good pick for Top England First Innings Bat at 7/1 (8.0) or higher.


Warner To Score A Hundred In The Match – 5 points @ 5.0 or better
Broad Top England Wicket Taker 1st Innings – 5 points @ 3.5 or better
Bairstow Top England Bat 1st Innings – 3 points @ 8.0 or better

Paul Howarth

Betting preview for the 2nd Test in Adelaide

Here we are, then. Adelaide and what has become known as England's Big Chance. Different conditions, different result? God, I hope so.

If you believe the pundits, and fancy us to turn the tables on the tails-up Aussies, 11/4 will look big enough. To me, it looks about fair.

On the player performance markets, I'm going to exhibit the sort of stubbornness you usually only see in a Blackpool donkey who, after 30 years 'on the sand', gets dug in the ribs by a toddler and told to "giddy up". Dawid Malan gets my nod for a small wager on top England bat. He's available at a generous 8/1 with our frenemies at Bet365. Malan batted nicely in the first dig at the Gabba (before giving it away like a rent-boy who's lost all self-respect) and I fancy his technique will serve him better if the ball swings than, say, James "The Flash" Vince.

I don't care what the pitch is supposed to be doing in South Australia. I saw enough of Nathan Lyon in Brizzie to know he's their most dangerous bowler. He's getting exaggerated turn off the surface and appears to be threatening with every single delivery. If you shop around you might just get 5/1 in the top Aussie bowler market.

Good luck to you, intrepid punter (small "p"), and to our brave lads in Adelaide.

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All prices correct at time of writing.