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England must show fighting qualities

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Pride is all England have to play for when the fourth Ashes Test against Australia gets under way at the iconic MCG in Melbourne.

Having fallen 3-0 behind with just two Tests to play, the tourists will be desperate to try and avoid a third 5-0 whitewash in their last four series in Australia.

However, 17/4 for the Three Lions to claim victory at the MCG still represents a massive leap of faith, with the hosts certain to want to deepen the gloom, despite fast bowler Mitchell Starc being a doubt due to a bruised heel.

With Starc possibly set to miss out, you might want to turn your attentions to his fellow paceman Josh Hazlewood, who is 9/1 to be named as man of the match and 9/4 to be top bowler for Australia.

Right-armer Hazlewood took eight wickets in Perth, only to be denied the man of the match award because of the superb double century scored by home skipper Steve Smith.

For England, their bowling attack may be changed substantially, with Craig Overton a major doubt due to injury and Stuart Broad possibly facing the chop due to a lack of form.

Young leg-spinner Mason Crane and seamer Tom Curran may make their debuts, but veteran James Anderson is likely to enjoy the more seam-friendly environs of the MCG and is worth considering at 9/4 to be top bowler for the tourists.

With the bat, Dawid Malan has been the unexpected star for England and the left-hander offers a very solid option at 6/1 to be top batsman for the tourists.

Jonny Bairstow, who like Malan scored a century in Perth, is also 6/1, while many England fans will be desperate to finally see captain Joe Root deliver a big score.

The classy right-hander is 11/4 to be top batter for his side, while 12/1 for Root to be man of the match might also tempt you.

The fall of the first wicket market is also a potential area to watch, with caught the overwhelming favourite at 2/5.

However, that has been the method of the first wicket falling in only one of the three Ashes Tests to date, so clean bowled at 7/2 and leg before wicket at 5/1 are options which are certainly worthy of consideration.

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