Betting Tips You Can Count On!

BettingChoice Exclusives

  • Betting Tips
  • Free Bet Offers

Australia Look To Press On

With the series already being decided with two matches to spare, England will be looking to salvage some form of pride at the venue that completed their epic Ashes series.

The home side will be desperate to convert their advantage into a 6-1 thrashing, and in doing so take on the upper hand when heading into this month’s showpiece- the ICC World Cup.

The England batting lineup, bar Jonathan Trott, has been atrocious in the shorter format.

While the visiting middle order boasts some world class hitters in the mould of KP and Bell, little has been shown this series to back it up.

Australia are looking a lot more settled unit than the test match XI and will head into this month’s sub continent contest seeking a fourth consecutive World Cup title.

The veteran Brett Lee has led the attack well all through the series, with a lot riding on him to carry his from through for the next two months.

Captain Michael Clarke finally found some form up north in Brisbane, and he too will be looking to build on this prior to leading this team to the sub continent.

Australia (probable) 1 Shane Watson, 2 Brad Haddin (wk), 3 Tim Paine, 4 Michael Clarke (capt), 5 Cameron White, 6 David Hussey, 7 Steve Smith, 8 Mitchell Johnson, 9 Xavier Doherty, 10 Brett Lee, 11 Shaun Tait.

England (probable) 1 Andrew Strauss (capt), 2 Matt Prior (wk), 3 Jonathan Trott, 4 Kevin Pietersen, 5 Ian Bell, 6 Eoin Morgan, 7 Paul Collingwood, 8 James Tredwell, 9 Chris Woakes, 10 James Anderson, 11 Steven Finn.

For the visitors, Shahzad is struggling with a hamstring injury and Chris Tremlett a side strain.

For Australia, Callum Ferguson has been drafted in as cover for Shaun Marsh, with Shaun Tait likely to get a run tonight.

The men to watch tonight will be the usual suspects.

Shane Watson is the danger man for Australia, showing his true potential earlier in the series with a vicious 160 plus score, to cap off a great summer.

For England- keep an eye on Strauss as he desperately seeks to ensure that the old foe don’t recover from what has been a nightmare summer until only a few days ago.

Cameron White has threatened on a couple of occasion in this series without converting, so he too has plenty of motivation heading into this dead rubber.

During the week White said: "We probably haven't played our best. We've done well in different aspects but never really combined the bat and ball together. That's why they are two important games because leading into the World Cup you have to be at your best."

An England batting line-up that features six of the top seven that won the Ashes on this very ground are unlikely to perform so poorly for two matches in succession- they should come right tonight.

latest articles

related articles