Ashes 3rd Test betting tips & predictions – Australia need batting stability
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The batting continues to remain suspect. In the second Test, Australia (6.0 at bet365 to win at Old Trafford) had scores of 128 & 235. In the first, they scored 280 & 296. That makes it four scores of less than 300 already in the series. In contrast, England have three 300+ totals, of which one could have gone on to more than 400 as well had they not declared.
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Then we get to individual batting averages and there’s nothing in them to suggest there’s any talent there. Michael Clarke (4.0 with Ladbrokes to top-score for Australia) aside, none of their top six batsmen make even 35 an innings. That’s pretty poor and can barely inspire confidence in any of their fans.
Add the issues that have plagued them in recent times – David Warner’s (6.5 at bet365) Twitter war, Warner’s punching incident, Arthur sacking, Arthur suing CA, Arthur’s inadvertent release of in-team issues between Clarke and Watson and Warner’s brother’s tweet against Watson are among the few I can think from the top of my head.
The one other problem that hasn’t made headline news and that’s probably to do with the other, bigger issues is their unsettled batting order. Phil Hughes was hitting the nail on its head when he said the following:
“It’s quite bizarre (constant changing of batting order). At times it can be tough to get your head around the different positions but you’ve just got to get on with it and that’s the bottom line. I don’t mind where I bat but when you do bat one to six, mentally it can be frustrating. It is about opportunity as well. If you do get one position you do want to nail it down. I haven’t nailed it down and that is why they have mixed it up and given people an opportunity.”
He was originally an opener. Poor technique at the top of the order pushed him down to the number three slot in India. More of the lack of runs meant he batted at six in the first Test match. In the second game, he was up to the number four spot. Cannot be inspiring for any batsman.
What these problems have also done is to hide the side’s bowling concerns. Agreed, both Peter Siddle and Ryan Harris (both 3.5 at bet365 to be Australia’s top bowler at Old Trafford) have picked up a fifer apiece in each of their first two Tests, those around them have looked particularly lacklustre. Even Siddle himself, in a few spells, has seemed a tad under-cooked, probably brought about by being over-stretched.
James Pattinson’s injury could just be a blessing in disguise for Australia. Jackson Bird has often been a slightly slower but a more consistent, line and length bowler and his aggressive first spell for Australia against Sussex will hold him in good stead.
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