Can Australia put themselves in the box-seat to return the Urn or will England prove that they have not come to Australia for a holiday?
We have analysed both teams and our complete 2017 The Ashes 1st Test tips can be found below.
Head To Head Betting
Australia are $1.40 favourites to win this Ashes Series in betting and they are priced at $1.73 to win the First Test, while England are available at the juicy odds of $3.75.
The Aussies will go into this clash with their full-strength pace attack of Mitchell Starc, Patrick Cummins and Josh Hazlewood – the first time this trio have ever played a Test together – and they should prove to be the difference makers in this Test Match.
There has been plenty of rain in Brisbane over the past few days and that should ensure that there is plenty in the Pitch for these fast-bowlers.
The England batting line-up is very similar to that of Australia – they are reliant on their captain in the form of Joe Root and they are prone to a middle order collapse.
That is not to say that this will be easy-going for Australia and the pressure is once again on their batting line-up to succeed.
David Warner has a poor record against England and he could be exposed by the swinging ball, while the pressure will be on debutant Cameron Bancroft to see off the new ball.
Steve Smith is the obvious x-factor for Australia and the battle between him and Root will be fascinating not just in this Test Match, but throughout the series and the winner of that personal battle will likely lead their team to victory.
The fact that this Test is being played at The Gabba does give the advantage to Australia as the Aussies have a simply outstanding record at the venue.
Australia have not lost a Test in Brisbane since the West Indies beat them in 1988 and England have not won there since 1986 – although they did draw Tests at the Gabba in 1998 and 2010.
I think that you can just about take the Draw out of contention for this Test Match and if you do that it really does make the $1.73 on offer for Australia to take a 1-0 series lead appealing.
We also have an Ashes first Test Bet Blast which boosts Australia’s odds to $2.50 to win the first test available!
Top Australia 1st Innings Runscorer
David Warner and Steve Smith are locked in a battle for favouritism in the top Australian 1st Innings runscorer and they are both available at a price of $3.75.
Warner and Smith have both fared well at The Gabba in the past, but the player with the best average in Test Matches at The Gabba is Usman Khawaja and he has been in excellent form during the early stages of the Sheffield Shield season.
The $5.50 for Khawaja to triumph again in front of his home fans can’t be ignored.
Top India 1st Innings Runscorer
It is England captain Joe Root ($4) that is a narrow favourite from Alastair Cook ($4.50), Mark Stoneman ($6), Jonny Bairstow ($6), James Vince ($8) and Dawid Malan ($9).
It is impossible to go past Joe Root in this betting market.
Root remains one of the premier batsmen in the world and he has shown in the past that he is capable of scoring big runs against Australia – he won the Man Of The Series Award when they regained The Ashes in 2015.
Man Of The Match
It is Mitchell Starc ($7) that is a clear favourite in our Man Of The Match betting market from David Warner ($9), Josh Hazlewood ($9), Steve Smith ($9), James Anderson ($13), Joe Root ($13), Pat Cummins and Stuart Broad ($13).
Starc is the obvious danger man for Australia with the ball, but the conditions at The Gabba could actually favour Josh Hazlewood and he has had plenty of success at the venue in the past.
Stuart Broad was almost unplayable the last time that England played a Test Match at The Gabba and we have seen on a number of occasions exactly what he is capable of when he performs at his best.
There is every chance that he could rip through the Australian top-order with a swinging new ball.
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