Australia and England are set to lock horns in the second Ashes Test, starting Thursday, December 16, at the Adelaide Oval. The hosts, led by Pat Cummins, are 1-0 ahead in the five-match Test series after achieving a comprehensive win the opening Test at The Gabba in Brisbane by nine wickets.
The hosts ushered a new era under the newly appointed skipper Pat Cummins. The pacer led his team and guided his team to a 9-wicket win. They might have to alter their winning combination due to injury concerns. Pacer Josh Hazlewood has already been ruled out of the contest and is likely to be replaced by either one of Jhye Richardson or Michael Neser.
Cummins had picked up a five-wicket haul in the first innings, while left-hander Travis Head, who made the playing eleven ahead of Usman Khawaja, scored a huge century to bag the Player of the Match award.
Head had bagged a stellar 152 off 148 deliveries with the help of 14 fours and four sixes. David Warner must have been gutted after not being able to his century despite riding his luck early on. Nathan Lyon, meanwhile, chipped in with four scalps, including his 400th Test wicket, in the fourth innings.
Opener David Warner is also a potential doubt after suffering a blow to his ribs. He could be replaced by left-hander Usman Khawaja.
England suffered a huge loss against the hosts and apart from a partnership in the second innings between Joe Root and Dawid Malan, there was nothing positive for England to take from the game.
The veteran pair of James Anderson and Stuart Broad, had missed out the 1st Test. Speculations also emerged about Jack Leach, who did not have a great outing in the first Test. Rory Burns, who had been out of form returned also had a poor outing.
WAGING ODDS: AUSTRALIA (1.53) VS ENGLAND (6.50) DRAW(3.80)
Australia are the favorites and are priced at 1.53 meaning if you bet ₹100 on them and if they win the match, you’ll be making ₹180.
England are the underdogs and priced at 6.50 meaning if you bet ₹100 on them and if they win the match, you’ll be making ₹650.
The odds for a draw are placed at 23.80. Betting ₹100 on it will earn you ₹380 if the match is drawn.
If England lose the game, they will be under immense pressure to salvage the series. They need a series win to reclaim the urn, while Australia, brimming with confidence would be eyeing to pick up another win.