Tue, Nov 21, 12:01pm by Head Editor
Date and Time: Thursday, November 23, 11am AEDT
Venue: The Gabba, Brisbane, Queensland
TV: Channel Nine
The oldest rivalry in cricket and perhaps the greatest rivalry in all of sport reignites at the home of Queensland cricket on Thursday, when Australia aim to regain the famous urn that they lost in England in 2015.
Australia’s record at The Gabba is quite remarkable. The hosts haven’t lost in Brisbane since 1988 and haven’t lost to the old enemy here since 1986. Therefore, the odds are heavily in the hosts favour, with just $1.75 on offer for the Aussies to go 1-0 up.
An England win is out at $3.80, while a draw, is out even further at $4.45. The latter is not normally at such large odds, but the weather looks good, as does Australia’s bowling attack, which means a result is likely.
That attack will be spearheaded by Mitchell Starc, who is coming off a stunning performance for New South Wales against Western Australia in the Sheffield Shield, when the left-armer became the first player in history to claim two hat-tricks in the same game.
The 27-year-old is at $2.75 to be the top Aussie wicket taker in the first innings, and equal favourite at $7 to be named man of the match.
England’s Stuart Broad is at $3.25 in that market, alongside fellow paceman James Anderson ($3.25), but the main worry for the visitors will be the loss of all-rounder Ben Stokes from the squad, after he was arrested for suspicion of causing actual bodily harm following an incident outside a Bristol nightclub in September.
On the batting front, the captains are leading the way, with Australia’s Steve Smith and England’s Joe Root both sitting at $3.50 to score the most runs for their respective nations in the first innings.
While Australia’s record hasn’t been great of late, winning just six of their last 14 Tests, their form at home has been solid, winning four of six Tests.
England have a 10-9 record over the same period, but it is their record away from home (1-5) and, in particular, their record at the Gabba, which stands at just four wins from 20 starts, which has us leaning towards the hosts.
All of the money has been for the Aussies, with Sportsbet reporting a hold of more than 70% on the hosts saluting at the Gabba.
Suggested Bet: Australia to win: $1.75
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