Whatever I say about the third Test won’t do it justice. Safe to say, I’ve only just got my voice back and if you took that script to Universal Pictures as a fiction film you’d be kicked out of the door on the basis it was far too fanciful.
You REALLY couldn’t have made it up.
The one-wicket win has certainly given the fourth Test at Old Trafford a hundred times more interest than otherwise would have been the case.
England go again at 11am on Wednesday with the Ashes series now tied 1-1 and my ante-post voucher on England to win both the World Cup and Ashes is (somehow) still intact !
Whilst England want another win they don’t really want it to be déjà vu – our nerves won’t handle that and it’s no surprise to see changes in the batting order after England were dismissed for just 67 in their nightmare first innings at Headingley.
Joe Denly is expected to open alongside Rory Burns and Jason Roy moves down to fourth, his recent batting position for Surrey.
The other big news is that seamer Craig Overton is in the XI having been called up as a replacement for James Anderson who misses the rest of the series with a calf injury.
England XI for fourth Test: Rory Burns, Joe Denly, Joe Root (capt), Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Jos Buttler, Craig Overton, Jofra Archer, Stuart Broad, Jack Leach.
The weather forecast is generally positive for Old Trafford with the exception of some rain about on Friday.
If England win the toss and I was Joe Root I’d definitely be opting to bat first with the positive weather forecast and Old Trafford always being a good wicket.
Four bets for me (below) in the fourth Test in both the top run scorer and wicket taker markets on starsports.bet
RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-100 points)
BACK JONNY BAIRSTOW TOP ENGLAND BATSMAN 2 pt at 7/1 with starsports.bet
BACK DAVID WARNER TOP AUSTRALIA BATSMAN 3 pt at 4/1 with starsports.bet
BACK JOFRA ARCHER TOP ENGLAND WICKET TAKER 4 pt at 5/2 with starsports.bet
BACK MITCHELL STARC TOP AUSTRALIA WICKET TAKER 3 pt at 7/2 with starsports.bet
PROFIT/LOSS SINCE JAN 1 2017: PROFIT 223.76 points
(excluding Ryan Sidebottom Ashes bet (c/f double and Ashes preview outright), Political Bets posted 8 August, Premier League ante-post)