Australia vs England, Melbourne – Wednesday 25th December 23:00 pm
Going into the fourth test, England are playing for nothing more than pride after the Aussies claimed a 3-0 lead in the series, which meant they reclaimed the Ashes for the first time since 2006.
Australia are short favourites to win the fourth test following three solid performances and most leading firms are offering an 8/11 best price. The visitors can be backed at 7/2 with Paddy Power to record their first victory of the series.
Graeme Swann announced his retirement from all types of cricket last week which has come as a major blow to England. They have called up leg-spinner, Scott Borthwick and off-spinner James Tredwell, both of Kent into the Ashes squad.
Australia captain Michael Clarke and the in-form David Warner are the 3/1 joint favourites to score highest for the hosts in Melbourne. Warner is as short as 1/3 to finish the series as Australia’s top batsman after a string of fine displays.
Alastair Cook, who has had a poor series for his usual standards, remains the favourite to score highest in Melbourne for England and
Stan James offer 7/2 for that.
Ben Stokes scored a very impressive 120 in the first innings of England’s latest ashes defeat following his call up, so the 10/1 Ladbrokes are offering may also be worth a punt.
Mitchell Johnson is now 7/4 favourite to be Australia’s top bowler in Melbourne after playing some of the best cricket of his career since the start of the series. He has been Australia’s most clinical bowler in every match so far, taking 23 wickets in just three matches.
Paddy Power are now as short as 1/4 for the 32-year-old to win Player of the Series, with batsman David Warner second favourite at 11/4.
Stuart Broad and James Anderson are joint favourites to be England’s top bowler at 5/2 with a number of leading firms.
With the way Rogers and Warner have been batting compared to Cook and Carberry, the 10/11 odds that Stan James are offering for the Australian’s to have the biggest opening partnership may also be a tempting bet.
If England can rekindle some form, 4-1 with William Hill may be worth a bet at 7/2, whilst 3-2 is currently 16/1 with a number of firms.
Alastair Cook’s men will need to improve in all areas if they are to compete with the extremely confident Australian side though and just for England to win one test, Stan James are offering a generous 7/4. Boylesports go 13/8 for England to continue win less.
BET OF THE DAY:
Mitchell Johnson to be Australia’s top bowler in the fourth test, at 7/4 with Bet365.
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