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

Thu, Nov 30, 8:39am by Head Editor

Preview: Australia v England, Second Test

Date and Time: Saturday, December 2, 2:30pm AEDT

Venue: Adelaide Oval, Adelaide, South Australia

TV: Channel Nine

After cruising to a 10-wicket win in Brisbane, Steve Smith’s Australian line-up head into Saturday’s history-making day/night Test at the Adelaide Oval, as heavy favourites.

The hosts have firmed into $1.63 to take a 2-0 lead in the five-match series, when they take the pitch in the 327th Ashes Test and the first in the afternoon timeslot.

The experienced England pace pairing of James Anderson and Stuart Broad will be hoping to use the pink ball and the change in conditions to their advantage, which may assist the Three Lions in overturning the price of $3.50.

Australia’s record at the Adelaide Oval against England isn’t as good as it is at the Gabba, but it is still incredibly strong, having won 17 and drawn five of the 31 matches. The last time England won in the city of churches came back in 2010, when they went on to win the Ashes.

While much of the focus in the lead-up to the series surrounded Australia’s pace trio of Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood, it was off-spinner Nathan Lyon, who was the pick of the bowlers on the opening day.

Lyon, who was employed as a curator’s assistant at this venue before his international career began, may be worth a nibble, at $5, to take the most wickets for the Aussies in the first innings.

He’ll be bowling to England skipper Joe Root, who is a $3.50 top pick to score the most runs for his side, after the 26-year-old made scores of 15 and 51 in Brisbane.

His counterpart Steve Smith was named man of the match in the opener, after taking four catches, and of course, making that brilliant 141 not out, which setup Australia’s victory.

Adelaide is expected to receive two months’ worth of rain the 48 hours preceding this blockbuster, which may cause the pitch to play a few tricks.

The rain and the fact that half of this contest will be played at night, adds a different dimension to this one, and gives England a chance, they were right in the game in Brisbane after three days, and can get a result here.

Suggested Bet: the best play is to take Nathan Lyon to take the most 1st innings wickets for Australia, at $5.


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