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The pressure is on England to respond after they were thrashed by 10 wickets in the opening Ashes Test against Australia at the Gabba in Brisbane.

Next up is the fresh challenge of a day/night Test match in Adelaide where the hosts have beaten both New Zealand and South Africa in encounters under the floodlights.

Therefore it is no surprise to see the hosts at 10/17 to win in Adelaide and take an almost impregnable 2-0 lead in the series.

The long-range weather forecast gives little hint of any major interruptions so a draw seems unlikely, meaning that if you want an outright bet of value then England at 13/5 has to be your pick.

Conditions in Adelaide, especially under the lights, are likely to favour the seamers on both sides, with the Baggy Greens, attack coming out on top in Brisbane so they are full of confidence going into the second Test.

A barrage of bouncers has been promised and while Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins will be expected to dish out that medicine, the more line-and-length approach of Josh Hazlewood could prove to be more productive.

In two previous day/night Tests at the Adelaide Oval, Hazlewood has taken a total of 15 wickets so his nagging accuracy appears the value option, with the right-armer 35/4 to be named man of the match.

For England, the vastly experienced duo of James Anderson and Stuart Broad will be expected to lead the way as the tourists aim to hit back.

Anderson has yet to claim a five-wicket innings haul Down Under so 10/1 to be man of the match is the long shot it deserves to be. Broad is an even more distant 16/1, with his two previous outings at Adelaide seeing him take a combined four wickets.

Both he and Anderson need to improve on that previous form if England are to make a real go of it in Adelaide.

With the pacemen set to dominate, the method of the first wicket to fall could tempt you in, even if it is not for 4/9 for a caught dismissal to come first.

Clean bowled at 15/4 and leg before wicket at 4/1 do offer some value on what is expected to be a track that will also give plenty of chances for batsmen to prosper.

With the bat, as usual the hosts will place a big onus on skipper Steve Smith and vice-captain David Warner.

Smith scored a superb unbeaten, chanceless century in the first Test so 23/4 for him to be named man of the match is one of the market leaders.

Warner, who ran into nice form with 87 not out in the second innings in Brisbane, is 25/4 to be man of the match, odds which might seem a little skinny due to the fact he didn’t pass 50 in the two previous day/nighters at Adelaide.

However, prior to that he recorded 145 and 102 in a match against India at the same venue so the left-handed opener does have previous at the Adelaide Oval.

Another left-hander, Usman Khawaja, missed out at the Gabba but made 145 against South Africa under the lights in South Australia just under a year ago so will be hoping to repeat that success.

For the tourists, skipper Joe Root will be expected to produce the big score which has eluded him on a number of occasions in recent times.

He is 35/4 to be named man of the match, having recorded his highest Test score on Australian soil at Adelaide four years ago when he made 87 in the first innings.

Three figures are what will be required if England are to get themselves right back into the series, with Root having converted just two of his last 13 Test half-centuries into tons.

Positive signs for England with the bat came from relative rookies James Vince, Mark Stoneman and Dawid Malan as they all passed 50 in Brisbane, but again a larger contribution will be needed if the series is to be levelled in Adelaide.

Jonny Bairstow will also be hoping to put off-field issues aside and impress so expect the Yorkshireman to come out firing. At 20/1 to be man of the match, he could be one to beat the bookie with.

With the hosts already 1-0 up and talking of a potential whitewash, it is no surprise to see Australia at relatively low odds to wrap up a big series victory.

A 4-1 triumph is only 4/1 while 5/1 for a 5-0 clean sweep shows just how much depends on the action in Adelaide.

Lose there and England are staring down the barrel of a third whitewash in their last four tours of Australia.

However, for the most optimistic of Three Lions supporters, you can show your faith by jumping in on 10/1 for the series to be drawn. However, 8/1 for England to come from behind and win the series appears to be a risky option at this point in time.

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Adrian Mills Adrian has enjoyed a journalistic career spanning over three decades, with cricket his specialised topic. He also has a wealth of knowledge on football, golf and tennis and has the stats to back up his betting advice.