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Second Ashes Test Preview

Following a good first day at the Gabba, England’s fans and players would have been distraught at the end of the test following a heavy 10 wicket defeat. They will be hoping to recover from that as soon as possible and will be hoping for at least a draw. Just how likely is that?

Australia go into this second test, starting in the early hours of Saturday morning, as clear favourites with Bet365 Bookmakers offering odds of 8/13. A win in Adelaide will mean Australia are just one more victory away from regaining the Ashes.

Joe Root will be hoping to build on the half century he earned in the first test, with Alistair Cook suffering from inconsistency, he will be hoping to get his first hundred of the series. He is 7/2 to achieve this.

There are further positives to take from an English point of view. In the opening test, England’s bowling was very impressive at times and they had restricted the Aussies to 76/4. Issues started to arise after that decent opening.

James Anderson and Stuart Broad are 11/4 joint favourites to be England’s leading wicket takers in the test. Both struggled to get any decent openings at the Gabba and will be hoping for more wickets.

From an Australian batting perspective, Bancroft and Warner are both 9/2 to score individual hundreds which could well end up being integral for the hosts. In terms of their bowling, Betfair are offering odds of 7/4 that Mitchell Starc will take more wickets than any of his teammates.  Starc has played on the Adelaide pitch recently for his club side and took 10 wickets over 2 innings.

Team news

Both teams are expected to be unchanged for the second test. England will be hoping to have Ben Stokes available for future tests. The England all-rounder still faces a potential criminal charge after an altercation in a nightclub. Stokes has recently flown to New Zealand to see family members and maybe get some minutes before a potential England recall.