Mitchell Starc Fit And Australia Favourite In 2nd Ashes Test Betting
July 14, 2015
Australia’s sagging confidence was given a boost with news that Mitchell Starc has recovered from an ankle problem and bookies make the Baggy Greens favourite to win the 2nd Ashes Test at Lords.
The big left-armer was clearly suffering at Cardiff but played through the pain barrier to pick up seven wickets in the first Test match. Australia coach Darren Lehman has stated Starc won’t play unless he’s 100 per cent fit but the signs are good that the 25-year-old will lead the bowling attack at Lords.
Australia are one down in the series after being outplayed in every department at Cardiff and bookmakers are expecting a positive reaction from Michael Clark and his men at Lords. Best odds for Australia to win are $2.40 on bet365 with England top price $2.90 on 10bet.
Why Australia Need Starc For The Lords Test Match
Starc was the stand out bowler for Australia during their 169-run defeat at Cardiff despite struggling from bone spurs in his ankle. The New South Wales Blues’ paceman stormed on regardless and took five wickets in England’s first innings before finishing with match figures of seven for 174.
The Lords pitch should offer some extra pace which will help Starc and Mitchell Johnson who was unable to make a telling contribution in the first test. Johnson terrorised the Poms in the 2014/14 Ashes claiming 37 wickets and reducing Kevin Pietersen to fears he might die at the Gabba, or ‘Gabbatoir’ as the big-hitting English batsman called it in his biography.
Betting on top Australian bowler in the 2nd Ashes Test is wide open with bookies just favouring Starc at $3.50 ahead of Johnson $3.75 and Josh Hazlewood $4.00.
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