Cricket Betting: Australia vs Pakistan 3rd Test Preview

January 2, 2017 by Posted in Betting Tips, Cricket Tips

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After a topsy-turvy year of fortunes in 2016, Australia look to start the new year on a high when they take on Pakistan in the third and final Test at Sydney from Tuesday, January 3. The series is already won by the Australians, but there is still a lot riding on this match as both sides start on contrasting notes.
Australia will look to finalize their composition for the spin trial that awaits them in India later this year, while Pakistan will look to contemplate the retirement of their most successful captain Misbah-ul-Haq.

Twin-spin for the Aussies?

How quickly do things change! Not long ago, Steve Smith was apologetic about the poor performance of his team against South Africa and was searching for a turn around. And now he’s on the verge of a whitewash that should restore some parity and confidence to his side.

Their Melbourne performance rekindled thoughts of the ‘Australia-of-old’ as they forced victory out of a draw. Of course, there is still so much work to do before they can lay claim to being a top side again. Smith is still searching for a number six player after failed experiments of Mitchell Marsh and Nic Maddinson. It could mean a debut for another all-rounder in Hilton Cartwright.

Misbah swansong?

Pakistan were competitive for most parts of the two Tests only to falter at crucial junctures. From the highs of being ranked number one, they followed it up with five consecutive losses. Not an ideal way to send your most successful captain into retirement.

The consistency of Azhar Ali and Asad Shafiq is heartening for the side which is struggling to answer the lack of runs from Misbah and Younis. With pride at stake, can the visitors find a way to lift their game and ensure a better swansong for Misbah?

Odds & Predictions

It takes a courageous person to ride on Pakistan for this match – true that they have the right composition to stun the hosts, but it looks too risky a punt on current form. Australia on the other hand look red hot to finish the whitewash. It’s short odds, but backing the Aussies to win seems the safest option.

Tip: Australia to win – $1.42 at CrownBet

Nathan Lyon was under scrutiny after below-par performances in the last few matches. But he did redeem himself with a splendid spell in the second innings of the Boxing Day Test that actually brought visions of a win for Australia. And with the spin aiding him in Sydney, Lyon could be the top bowler for the Aussies.

Tip: Nathan Lyon Top Wicket Taker – $5.00 at CrownBet

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