STAR PREVIEW England v India 3rd Test

STAR PREVIEW England v India 3rd Test

first_imgSport can be the scene of great comebacks for many reasons but even by modern standards Ben Stokes’ return to the fray is a remarkable one and it looks likely that the England all-rounder will be celebrating victory on his return to the squad.A week is a long time in sport and what looked as if it could be one of best series seen here for a good few years is quickly on the verge of becoming a damp squib, thanks to some brilliant bowling from the hosts and terrible batting from the visitors.The second test went England’s way at Lord’s despite the Test nearly being rained off, and after a cool week with constant clouds, India were caught in a perfect storm. According to @TheCricketProfessor, there were only 13 Test matches since 2006 when bowlers found more swing in one particular innings – the ball was moving at an average of 2.83 degrees through the day. Analyst Ben Jones calculated that on the second day, “No bowling attack in world cricket has found more swing in the last three years than the 1.7° England found.”!With the floodlights constantly on and the dark clouds above, there was little that could be done as England’s four bowlers tore through the Indian lineup.The worry for India is that conditions are not going to change. Trent Bridge has traditionally always been a haven for swing and the average first-innings total in the last 11 Tests is 299. Tests there tend to become shootouts – Australia were bowled out for just 60 in the 2015 Ashes when Stuart Broad took 8/15 and South Africa managed to skittle England for 205 & 133 last summer.The toss will play a big part here – eight of the last 11 Tests which have produced results at Trent Bridge have been won by the side batting first – but England (8/13 to win the test with starsports.bet) are worthy favourites with the weather set to be cloudy for the five days.Bowlers ought to have a field day and Virat Kohli will be delighted to have Jasprit Bumrah back to assist Mohammed Shami in the swing bowling department. Shami is unlucky not to have more wickets so far and is far more accurate than Ishant Sharma or Umesh Yadav.Ben Stokes replaces Sam Curran – unfortunate to lose his position after starring at Edgbaston – and there should be a good battle on for the top wicket-taker in the first innings. Woakes was bowling brilliantly once he was settled at Lord’s, but James Anderson (9/4 to take the most wickets in the first innings with starsports.bet) picked up nine wickets for 43 runs at Lord’s and his Test record at Trent Bridge – 60 wickets at 18.95 – suggests he’ll be at it again.In terms of the batting markets, it could be best to try Johnny Bairstow. He’s the top run-scorer during the series and will be protected from the moving ball thanks to his position at 5, a big bonus at Trent Bridge.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-100 points)BACK JOHNNY BAIRSTOW Top England First Innings Batsman 5 pts at 13/2 with starsports.betBACK JAMES ANDERSON Top England First Innings Wicket Taker 5 pts at 9/4 with starsports.betCLICK HERE FOR STARSPORTS.BET MARKET PROFIT/LOSS SINCE JAN 1 2017: PROFIT 131.23 points(not including Test series recommendations and Premier League ante-post)last_img

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