Can England hit back after defeat?
<div><h2>England vs Australia</h2><p><strong>14 August 2019 at Lord’s</strong></p><p>It is fair to say that a defeat for England at Headquarters from Wednesday would almost certainly mean that they would surrender the urn to Australia. Coming back from 1-0 down is tough –they did it in 2005 – but 2-0? Impossible. Confidence and patience will have run out after a loss in London.</p><p>The series is actually simple to call. Despite Australia’s big win in Birmingham, we have seen no evidence that our assertion that these are two poor teams is inaccurate. Apart from Steve Smith, there is a dearth of quality with the bat. And both teams have strong bowling attacks. That means the toss becomes key. Win the toss, bat, make 280-odd and then let the pitch, techniques and temperament do the rest in the fourth innings.</p><p>But punting is never easy. As soon as we have solved one conundrum, another presents itself. The weather. The forecast for Lord’s over the scheduled five days is not good. Well, at first glance anyway. It shows rain on three of the five. Look closer, though, and only day one could be a damp squib with more than 80% chance of rain until lunch. The rest of the Test could be punctured by showers here and there.</p><p>This is a great test for us. Too many folks down the years have been swayed by adverse weather forecasts and reckoned the draw was a sure thing. They’re in the poor house now. In all my years of betting on cricket in England I have learnt to largely ignore weather forecasts when it comes to the match odds. And with the stalemate having taken a massive money hit, betting now at prohibitive odds of odds of just 1.83 (5/6) is a mug wager</p><p>The drainage at Lord’s is excellent. Overs are more often that not made up with later finishes. Please don’t wager the draw. Lay it if you want on the exchanges. Consideirng the weak batting line-ups and favourable bowling conditions that await, we may only need three days for a result.</p><p>Cameron Bancroft, the Aussie opener, personifies best the struggles the batters are having. He has a technique which makes him a walking wicket when the ball bends. In short, he doesn’t play straight. On the slope at Lord’s and with the ball darting about, he is in trouble. Betfred offer 1.83 that he goes under 23.5 runs. Take it.</p><p><strong>Best Bet</strong></p><ul> <li><strong>Back Cameron Bancroft under 23.5 first-innings runs 1.83 <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&a=1ba923f3-5341-4bda-b457-0138ac61ae7a&f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Top Rated Bookmaker!">Betfred</a></strong></li></ul><div style="text-align:center"><strong><a href="http://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=160&a=9feaaf7a-d7a2-4185-974a-81ad171951df&f=3" target="_blank"><img alt src="https://imstore.bet365affiliates.com/AffiliateCreativeBanners/Sports/General/Bet%20Builder/en-GB/UK/STD/970x250_2.jpeg" style="width:100%;height:26px" /></a></strong></div></div>