With barely enough time to digest the dramatic draw at Lord’s, Headingley plays host to the Third test with England still yet to get off the mark in this year’s series.
Here’s our lowdown on the latest Ashes betting as we look at the latest cricket odds as England and Australia resume rivalries in West Yorkshire.
The Ashes 2019 Third Test Preview – Who wins at Headingley?
Undoubtedly, the story of the third Test is dominated by the one man who will play no part in the match at all. England’s nemesis-in-chief Steve Smith will be missing in action after being ruled out with concussion following Jofra Archer’s high-speed bouncer last weekend.
The absence of Australia’s talisman hands England a golden opportunity to level the series at Headingley. The Aussies’ star batsman has been a persistent thorn in the side of England, hitting 10 centuries against this year’s Ashes hosts in his international career to date.
Smith’s absence shifts the focus onto Jofra Archer as the potential ‘differential’ between the two sides at Headingley. Archer swept aside any concerns this Ashes series might be a bridge too far for him after a thrilling bowling performance last weekend and will surely be thrown in early by Joe Root to test any signs of frailty in the Aussies’ top order.
Marnus Labuschagne looks the most likely candidate to take on the daunting task of stepping into Smith’s shoes after his cameo role in the second Test, despite injury concerns himself. The 25-year-old looked assured enough in the second innings at Lord’s as his calm 59 helped Australia navigate a tense finish.
England have injury concerns of their own with Surrey batsman Ollie Pope a potential late call-up if Jason Roy shows any signs of delayed concussion following a net practice injury. An Ashes debut for the 21-year-old would be a remarkable turnaround in fortunes for Pope after the Surrey batsman missed three months of the season with a shoulder injury.
The Ashes Third Test – Best Bets
Ben Stokes to be Top Batsman in the first innings at 9/2
Travis Head to score 50 or more runs in the first innings at 5/2
England and Australia to draw at 34/5
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Who wins the Ashes third Test at Headingley?
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