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Australia vs England The Ashes 2nd Test Betting Tips 16/12/2021

Teams Status

England

After their heavy defeat in the opening Test, it is difficult to find positives for England but one small glimmer of hope is that the second Test is in Adelaide, where they tend to fare a little better.

Another positive was Ollie Robinson, who looked menacing all through the first Test and has all the makings of being successful on Australian pitches. Allrounder Ben Stokes also bowled sharply in the nets recently and is reportedly back to his best.

But the negatives are plenty too. How about the fact that England have not won a single Test in Australia since the 2010-11 season? Or how about the fact that they absolutely got hammered in the series opener.

Historically speaking, Adelaide’s pitch has supported spin, which is why captain Joe Root now faces the dilemma of whether or not to retain Jack Leach, who was completely ineffective in the opening Test.

Australia

Australia have been completely dominant in day-night Tests, winning each of their eight such matches, which only spells more trouble for their guests.

So confident the Aussies are that their captain has already named the line-up for the Test.  Josh Hazlewood is out injured so Jhye Richardson has been named as his replacement. He beat out Michael Neser, whose long-awaited Test debut has to wait some more.

David Warner is likely to shake off a rib bruise that he copped in the first Test, which means there won’t be a place in the side for Usman Khawaja.

What Do the Sportsbooks Say?

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Australia are the favourites for the second Test. Paripesa has Australia priced at 1.562, England at 3.8, and Draw at 7.1. Parimatch and Sportbet both have Australia available for 1.54, England for 3.65, and Draw for 6.80.


Tipster’s Angle

Tip: Joe Root total runs in 1st innings over 32.5 @ 1.87

If England are to do anything in this match or the series, their captain Joe Root has to be at the forefront. Their batting unit has not looked this reliant on one man in a number of years but unfortunately, that’s where they are now. Root has had an excellent 2021. He failed in one half of the opening Test and knows that he cannot afford the same again or often. We expect a decent flow of runs in the opening stanza of the second Test. The odds have been sourced from Parimatch.

Tip: David Warner total runs in 1st innings under 29.5 @ 1.87

Warner may have been declared fit but we think Ollie Robinson has the kind of lift and accuracy that can trouble him, especially if the injury of the opening Test is still fresh on his mind. The odds have been sourced from Parimatch.

Conclusion

England have a tough assignment in front of them but they can take inspiration from the fact that India, in fact, a depleted India, were in a similar situation earlier this year but ended up beating the Aussies on their own turf.

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