Can England take advantage of Ben Stokes heroics?
<div><h2>England vs Australia</h2><p><strong>4 September 2019 at Old Trafford</strong></p><p>Momentum, they say, is all that counts in sport. In this <a href="https://www.oddsmarket.com/cricket/int/test-series-the-ashes/" rel="nofollow">Ashes battle</a> England are freewheeling down the hill with their feet splayed and shouting ‘weeee!’ at the top of their lungs. Australia’s chain has fallen off, they’ve got a flattie, cramp and are trying to make their way to the top.</p><p>It’s all down to Ben Stokes, whose extraordinary innings at Headingley was the greatest of all time. It’s tough for the Aussies to come back from such a disaster. In an effort to do so – to try to find some momentum – they have made some interesting team changes.</p><p>Out goes Usman Khawaja, whose laconic style at the crease doesn’t seem to fit with their sense of urgency. So, Marcus Harris, busy, organised, retains his slot as opener. Khawaja, of course, makes room for Steve Smith. Smith thought he was the only genius involved in this series until Stokes did what he did. Mitchell Starc should replace James Pattinson.</p><p><img alt src="https://images-production-euw2-753931602578.s3.amazonaws.com/5d582dcf927b95968483da5f/original-10-bet-new-customer-welcome-bonus" style="width:100%" /></p><p>England have made no personnel changes but have decided to swap the hapless Jason Roy for the slightly less hapless Joe Denly in the opening berth. You can get short of Roy’s runs in the first-inning with Betfair at 1.83 (5/6) with the mark set at 19.5.</p><p>There is a touch of value on the top Australia batsman market. We’re surprised to see Steve Smith as big as 2.75 (7/4) with William Hill when Betfair, Betway and Bet Victor go 2.3 (6/4). Smith is bang on that 2.75 mark in the last two years and given he has little to beat, with all of his comrades showing weakness apart from Marnus Labuschagne, it’s worth a follow.</p><p>We like Labuschagne but he could be a victim of his own success after being promoted to No 3. That’s a tricky spot to fill with the ball likely to still be new and darting about. We are tempted by selling his runs quote with Betfair at 29.5 (again at odds of 1.83 or 5/6 in old money).</p><p>Betfair go 2.34 (11/8) England about making it 2-1 in the series with the Aussies out to 2.75 across the board. There’s nothing wrong with those odds if they bat first. These two sides are pretty inseparable in terms of ability.</p><h2>Best Bet</h2><p><a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&a=a710bfac-73c1-4a57-b441-2caf1b9f397b&f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Cricket Betting Odds"><em><strong>Back Steve Smith top Australia bat 2.75 William Hill</strong></em></a></p></div>