Ashes Cricket 3rd Test Match Preview, Odds and Tips

Posted by Sports News First on 14/12/2017
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Australia will start heavy favourites to reclaim the urn when they take on England in the 3rd Ashes Test, starting in Perth on Thursday.
Steve Smith’s side survived a second-innings wobble to go up 2-0 in Adelaide, thanks largely to a Shaun Marsh ton and the final day efforts of Josh Hazlewood and Mitchell Starc.
The left-armer now has 14 wickets for the series at an average of just 18.92.
Along with Pat Cummins, the new ball pair must be salivating at the prospect of running through the Poms in what will be the final Ashes Test at this iconic venue.
Some impressive Shield form has prompted selectors to include Mitchell Marsh (pictured below) in their squad and talk coming out of the camp indicates he’s a strong chance to play at the expense of Peter Handscomb, who appears to have lost trust in his technique.
Marsh averages 44 with the bat in domestic first-class cricket this season and gives selectors their craved fifth bowling option.
England have plenty of headaches at present, as much to do with their batting as from the hangovers implied by the ‘drinking culture’ amongst their squad that has been the subject of intense criticism in the northern hemisphere since Adelaide.Skipper Joe Root was the only man to pass 50 in either innings in Adelaide and, after a promising start, their batting is really under the microscope although they’re unlikely to make any changes.

Fortunately, they may strike a WACA surface somewhat devoid of the pace, bounce and carry we became accustomed to seeing here in the 70s and 80s with some solid scores accumulated in the three Shield games at the venue this season.
The most notable, of course, was the double century from Cameron Bancroft against South Australia and he’ll be keen to make runs on home soil after missing out in both digs (not entirely his fault).
The match also marks the 150th Test appearance of Alastair Cook (pictured above), who would have been disappointed not to go on with it after getting a start in both innings in Adelaide.
The former skipper fell twice to Nathan Lyon but has always been a strong back-foot player and if he can survive the new ball, this might be his time to respond to critics.
For the Australians, David Warner hasn’t really set this series alight yet but averages a massive 89 at the WACA and one suspects he’ll take the long handle to the visitors sooner rather than later.
The Verdict
Eight of the last nine Tests at the WACA have produced results although it’s worth noting that rain is predicted in the back end of the game.
Surprisingly, Australia have recorded just four wins in that period and were comfortably beaten by the South Africans here 12 months back.
Unibet Odds:
Australia $1.52
Draw $5.25
England $4.75
Tip: Australia
Top Australian Batsman 1st Innings: David Warner at $3.75
Top England Batsman 1st Innings: Alastair Cook at $5.00
Top Australian Bowler: Mitchell Starc at $3.00
Top England Bowler: Stuart Broad at $3.75