2017-18 Ashes: Boxing Day Test Betting Tips

December 24, 2017 by Posted in Cricket Tips

Josh HazelwoodEngland’s worst nightmares of their Ashes down under came true in the first three Test matches, as they lost the urn at the first possible chance! While the visitors fought gamely in the first Test and were unlucky to have got a 10-wicket mauling, the second Test was another case of missing the bus when it came calling. The third Test at the WACA was a stamp of authority from the hosts who steamrolled the English into submission.

As we move to the Boxing Day Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), thoughts of a series whitewash come to mind. Can England fight the demons in their minds?

Australia – moving from strength to strength

Make no mistake, the hosts led by Steve Smith have been utterly dominant. With the bat, it has been Steve Smith leading the charge with superlative performances – one better than the other.

He received adequate support – in fact, more than adequate – in the WACA Test from Mitchell Marsh, who went on to score his career-best. The only downside for the Aussies has been the indifferent form of David Warner, but such is their domination that it hardly mattered!

The only worry for the hosts ahead of the festive match is the concern around Mitchell Starc’s bruised heel. It has been announed that he’ll be rested from the side with Jackson Bird set to swing his way back into the starting XI after spending most of the last 12 months as 12th man. There were also some concerns over the availability of Tim Paine due to family illness, but he is expected to hook up with the team in Melbourne on Christmas Eve.

England – a desperate cry for help!

Let’s be honest – England on their tours down-under crumble faster than a cookie! They did have their moments at the Gabba and the Adelaide Oval, but failed to make it count.

By the time they reached the WACA and were pummelled into submission by Smith and Mitch Marsh, the writing was on the wall. That they were left praying for rain to keep their fight for the urn for another Test, is a sad reminder of their state of affairs!

Joe Root hasn’t been bad with his captaincy, but has been let down by the batting form of his senior players, himself included! Surprisingly, the Ashes rookies came to the fore – led by Dawid Malan and James Vince, who showed that standing up to the Aussies doesn’t require exceptional technique or prior experience.

Stats

The MCG has been a venue of close fights between the two eternal rivals, though the record stands firmly in favour of the hosts in 55 Tests (W28, D7, L20). However, the Aussies have won three of the last four Tests played here.
England did manage a win in the 2010 Ashes, but the architects of that win are Alastair Cook and James Anderson, both in the midst of an indifferent Ashes series this time around.

Boxing Day Test Betting Tips

Is there something that England can do, to stop the Aussie cricket juggernaut? Hard to see that as we believe another home win is on the line.

TIP: Back Australia to win – $1.55 at CrownBet

With Starc out of contention for the match, this could be a match for Hazlewood to continue his authority on this Ashes. He bowled beautifully in Perth and now is his chance to cash in.

TIP: Back Josh Hazelwood to be the top Australian bowler – $2.85 at CrownBet

Dawid Malan looked the only likely resistor to the Aussie dominance. He is a tight, compact player which is suiting him under the bouncy conditions.

TIP: Back Malan to the best England batsman – $7.00 at CrownBet.

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