High profile injuries on both sides have dominated the build up to the third Ashes Test at Headingley and the Aussies have been dealt a major blow with the news that Steve Smith will miss the Test because of concussion.
There is also the prospect of Jason Roy missing out, also due to concussion and Surrey batsman Ollie Pope is on standby to take his place if Roy suffers from delayed concussion.
The Steve Smith news has seen plenty of money come in for England with starsports.bet to draw the series after the weather impacted the second Test at Lord’s which ended in a draw. England were around 10/11 before the Smith news came through and on Wednesday night were 4/6 – which I’m told takes quite a lot of money to make such a swing.
The weather forecast looks reasonable for Headingley so we should see plenty of action – it’s looking like light showers at worst with temperatures rising during the week.
England surely have to capitalise on the Smith injury to get a win on the board, knowing that Australia will retain the Ashes with a win as they are the current holders.
Smith has knocked in 378 runs in the series so far so they are big shoes to fill. Both teams are playing cards close to their chest with starting XI’s likely to be named at the toss.
In terms of third Test bets I have to be with ENGLAND (DRAW NO BET) at 4/9. It’s a short price but with Smith out of the way it’s still a big tempter.
I’ll also take England to have the highest opening partnership at 20/21 and captain Joe Root to lead by example and be England’s top run scorer at 3/1.
RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-100 points)
BACK ENGLAND (DRAW NO BET) 15 points at 4/9 with starsports.bet
BACK ENGLAND HIGHEST OPENING PARTNERSHIP 8 points at 20/21 with starsports.bet
BACK JOE ROOT TOP ENGLAND BATSMAN 4 points at 3/1 with starsports.bet
PROFIT/LOSS SINCE JAN 1 2017: PROFIT 219.97 points
(excluding Ryan Sidebottom Ashes bet (c/f double and Ashes preview outright), Political Bets posted 8 August, Premier League ante-post, York Day One, Blue Horseshoe TOUR)