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Third Ashes Test: Australia v England: Preview, Best Bets & Odds

Wed, Dec 13, 10:27am by Head Editor

Preview: Australia v England, Third Test

Date and Time: Thursday, December 14, 1:30pm AEDT

Venue: WACA, Perth, Western Australia

TV: Channel Nine

As has been the case for many touring England sides in the 135-year history of The Ashes, the visitors are under pressure to keep the series alive after just two matches.

Joe Root’s charges have been competitive throughout the opening two matches, but that hasn’t stopped them from losing both outings, which has seen their odds to retain the famous urn blowout from the pre-series odds of around $4 to $26.

The head to head odds are also heavily in favour of the hosts, with juicy odds of $4.40 on offer for England to win just their second Test in 14 appearances at the home of Western Australian cricket.

Australia’s 120-run win in Adelaide last Wednesday has seen their series odds slashed from $1.75 to $1.04, as they now have three chances to secure The Ashes trophy.

The WACA has historically been a hunting ground for the men in the baggy green, however the hosts have won just one of their last four Tests at the venue.

The record is incredibly impressive against the old enemy though, the Aussies have recorded nine wins from 14 starts against the Three Lions, who’s only win came back in 1978

Australia are expected to include all-rounder Mitch Marsh in the team, at the expense of Victorian Peter Handscomb, who has struggled for runs throughout the series, compiling scores of just 14, 36 and 12.

England are likely to name the same XI that played in Adelaide, although there has been some talk about fast bowler Mark Wood coming into the side, to play on a pitch that is traditionally the fastest track in the country.

That fast pitch will suit Mitchell Starc perfectly, who looks value at $2.88 to take the most wickets in the first innings. The left-armer already has 14 scalps this series, which sees him leading that category.

Starc’s England counterpart Jimmy Anderson is the $3 favourite to take the most wickets for the visitors in the first innings, while his skipper Joe Root is $3.50 to top the runscoring category for England.

Aussie leader Steve Smith is $3.50 to make the most runs for Australia in the first dig, and he and his side look solid at $1.53 to secure the win that will give the men from Down Under their first Ashes triumph since 2013.

Suggested Bet: Starc to take most first innings wickets: $2.88

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