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England batters have to deliver

England batters have to deliver


Defeat in Perth and the Ashes are gone, so surely England have to show something more than they have so far in two heavy losses to Australia.

Lack of runs has been the main problem for the tourists, with no-one having registered a century for the Three Lions in the heavy defeats in Brisbane or Adelaide.

That has to change if they are to leave the WACA with even the flimsiest of grasps still on the little urn.

Skipper Joe Root appears the most likely England batter to prosper, having made a defiant 67 in the second innings in Adelaide, and at 10/1 to be named as man of the match he offers some value if he is able to convert yet another solid start.

Australia captain Steve Smith leads the market for man of the match honours, but his deputy David Warner is the man to keep a close eye on.

The left-handed opener clearly enjoys the pace and bounce usually on offer in Perth, with his last three Test outings there producing scores of 97, 35, 253, 24, 60 and 112.

Therefore, at 33/4 to be man of the match he could provide better value than most if he continues to impress at the WACA.

Amongst the bowlers, pace is again expected to be dominant, but overlook off-spinner Nathan Lyon at your peril.

He has tortured the England left-handers in the opening two matches of the series and at 16/1 to be man of the match he offers something of a long shot, but one which certainly has some merit.

Overall there has only been one draw in the last ten Perth Test matches, but Australia have suffered four losses in that time – three of them to South Africa – so they are not as unbeatable as it may seem at first glance.

The Baggy Greens can give little reward at 10/21 to win in Perth and wrap up Ashes glory with two games still to play.

England are 7/2 to claim victory and reignite the series, but the draw might be the better option in the outright result market.

Recent games in Western Australia have been high-scoring affairs and should both teams bat at the slightly pedestrian pace we have seen so far, time could just run out, meaning that 4/1 on the draw may be worth a second look.

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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.