Australia vs England The Ashes 3rd Test Betting Tips 26/12/2021

December 24, 2021
Zohaib Ahmed
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Australia vs England The Ashes 3rd Test Betting Tips 26/12/2021

Zohaib Ahmed, Senior Author

The third Test of the Ashes 2021-22 between Australia and England will be played from December 26 (Sunday) at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. The match is to begin at 5 am IST.

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England were expected to struggle on this tour but few thought they’d suffer so badly. They lost both the first two Tests and neither was even close. In fact, both were pretty much lost on day one.

It’s because of that, the tourists — especially their captain Joe Root — is copping a lot of criticism, even though his own form has not been too bad.

The third Test represents their final chance to show some life and keep the series alive. If they lose here, the remaining two Tests would become dead rubber and the ignominy of going through that will be very hard for Root and Co.

Root has admitted that emotions were running high in the England dressing room following their latest defeat but he also says he expects his team to respond at the MCG.

Word is that Zak Crawley will be drafted into the side to shore up a frail batting unit, with one of Haseeb Hameed and Rory Burns making the way. The former is likelier. Some have even suggested swapping Ollie Pope for Jonny Bairstow.


You would think that the Aussies, after taking a 2-0 lead in the series and generally rag-dolling England, might want to relax a bit and struggle for motivation. But that would be wrong as newfound motivation would come from the Test Championship. The home side must be gunning for a whitewash, which would help them in the long run.

Josh Hazlewood is out injured and won’t play what is also called the Boxing Day Test. But the Aussies do not seem too worried as not only their opponents have been extremely inefficient so far this series, their replacement for Hazlewood in the form of Cameron Green has also been working out quite well.

Pat Cummins is fit and ready to return, which means one of Jhye Richardson and Michael Neser will have to make way. Since Richardson claimed five in the final innings of the second Test, Neser would likely be the one to get dropped.

What Do the Sportsbooks Say?

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Australia are big favoruties for this Ashes fixture. Parimatch has Australia priced at 1.41, England at 5.40, and Draw at 4.90. Sportsbet has Australia available for 1.44, England for 5.80, and Draw for 5.0. Lastly, Paripesa has Australia priced at 1.468, England at 6.1, and Draw at 5.05.

Tipster’s Angle

Tip: Total Runs Steve Smith Innings #1 – Over 41.5 @ 1.87

Steve Smith is just automatic at the MCG. In the last 15 years, no other Australian batter has scored more runs at this venue than him. Over 14 innings of eight Tests, he averages 91.6 at the MCG with a location-specific total of 916 runs. It’s such stats why we are backing him to do some serious damage here again. The odds have been sourced from Parimatch.

Tip: Total Runs Dawid Malan Innings #1 – Over 23.5 @ 1.87

After Joe Root, if there is any other English batter that has looked decent across the first two Tests, then it is Dawid Malan. The 34-year-old veteran has contributed double-digit scores in three of his last four outings, two of which have been battling 82 and 80. It’s needless to say that our expectations of him have been raised. The odds have been sourced from Parimatch.


Can England save the series? Our hunch is that they’d put up a better fight but eventually lose the game in the series.

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