Australia looking to find ideal combination
The pink-ball Test in Adelaide will arguably be a level-playing field for England as the swing on offer could bring the experience of Stuart Broad and James Anderson into play. England have odds of 3.71 to win the second Test match after a nine-wicket loss in the first Test. Their task is as hard as those odds sound.
Australia are without Josh Hazlewood and will probably look to rejig their bowling resources a bit for the this Test. Jhye Richardson is expected to start in Hazlewood’s place. Their promising batting show and form of skipper Pat Cummins makes for ominous signs. Australia have odds of 1.54 to win the Adelaide day-night Test.
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Australia have never lost a day-night Test match
Australia have never lost a day-night Test match after eight matches with the pink ball. They have won each of those eight games and it looks unlikely that England, in current form, will be able to stop the Aussie juggernaut.
RECOMMENDED BET: Australia have a strong record in day-night Tests and are favourites to win at odds of 1.54
Since 2012, Australia haven’t lost a Test match at home against England, winning 10 of the 11 matches with one game ending in a draw. England’s abysmal away record continued at the Gabba in the first Test as they made poor strategic calls to further dent their chances.
Players to watch out for
Stuart Broad: He was sat out shockingly at the Gabba and will be itching to prove a point to the management at the Adelaide Oval where the pink ball could aid his strengths massively. Broad is likely the single biggest threat for Australia in this Test.
Steve Smith: That Australia won the first Test with ease without Steve Smith contributing is a huge boost for them to finish the series with a 5-0 scoreline. Smith averages 41 with the bat in day-night Test matches with a hundred.
TIP: England’s batters haven’t done well in Australia, and Australia are better placed at odds of 1.48 to have the top batter.