Australia Vs India Cricket Test III Preview, Betting Tips and Odds
December 25, 2018
This week’s Boxing Day Test is shaping up as the biggest in years, with Australia and India locked at one win apiece in their four-match test series. The Aussies will go into the MCG test full of confidence after their 146-run win in Perth.
- Aussies to win @2.20 with Betfair T&Cs apply Visit T&Cs Apply
- Aaron Finch & Marcus Harris to have the highest opening partnership @1.74 with PointsBet T&Cs apply Visit T&Cs Apply
- Mitch Starc to be the top Australian wicket taker at the G. @3.25 with Neds T&Cs apply Visit T&Cs Apply
Aussies Tough to Match in Betting Odds
Not since the 2010 Ashes has Australia gone into Boxing Day on level pegging with the visitors. On that occasion, England won in Melbourne to take a 2-1 series lead on their way to a 3-1 win. Australia have won five and drawn two from seven MCG tests since then, including a draw against India in 2014 and 122-run win over India in 2011.
During the 5th Test between Australia and India in 1947/48 both teams observed a minutes silence for Mahatma Gandhi on the opening day. It was also Bradman’s last Test match in Australia #ThrowbackThursday pic.twitter.com/L3gt8P0DBR— Melbourne Cricket Ground (@MCG) 19 December 2018
For its part, India’s win in the first test in this series in Adelaide was their sixth win from 46 matches in Australia. In Perth, the Aussies showed just how hard they are to beat on home soil. India may be top of the ICC test rankings, but the Aussies’ record in Melbourne has them a clear match favourite with all bookies, including Betfair, where they’re 2.20.
Australia, India to Make Few Changes
Justin Langer and the Aussie selectors have named an unchanged 13-man squad for the third test against India, with the only potential change to the starting XI being Mitchell Marsh for struggling batsman Peter Handscomb. The tourists have made a couple of changes to their squad, with all-rounder Hardik Pandya joining the side and Mayank Agarwal replacing injured top-order batsman Prithvi Shaw.
Is Test Cricket struggling? I can’t remember more of a buzz about it than the last 6 months. Our series against ??, ??. ?? vs ?? Huge interest— Stuart Broad (@StuartBroad8) December 22, 2018
Opening batsmen Aaron Finch and Marcus Harris set up the hosts’ victory with a 112-run partnership in the first innings in Perth, and Pointsbet is paying 1.74 for them to have the highest opening partnership in Melbourne. Nathan Lyon was the pick of the Aussie bowlers last match with eight wickets, but Neds has Mitch Starc 3.25 to Lyon’s 3.50 to be the top Australian wicket taker at the G.