Australia and England draw the second test of the 2019 Ashes series to see the visitors still in the lead with three tests left to play.
England were looking to level up the scores in the second test of this Ashes series after losing to Australia at Edgbaston. Paine won the toss and chose to let England bat first. Unfortunately, though rain was predicted and the first day was a washout with not a single ball bowled.
Burns and Roy opened the batting for England once again, with the latter going for a duck. England though managed to put together a respectable score, after being 138-6 at one point. The hosts finished on 258 all out, with Burns getting 53 and Cummins and Hazlewood taking three wickets each.
Australia weren't convincing either, with Smith rescuing them with another big innings getting 92. They finished on 250 all out, with Broad taking four wickets. In England's second innings, Roy again didn't answer any of his critics and was out for two runs. World Cup hero Ben Stokes put in a fantastic innings getting 115, his first test century since August 2017. With it being on the last day, England declared on 258-5, giving them self a small chance to win the test.
Smith was hit on the head in Australias inning by a bouncer from Jofra Archer. Later tests discovered that he had concussion and was substituted out of the game for Labuschagne. England got off to a great start and got Warner out for five. In his four innings in this series, he had got four single-figure scores. Australia were 47-3 and it looked like it was on. Labuschagne came in and got 59 to put England's hopes of winning down. England got a few wickets towards the end of the day but they had run out of overs as Australia finished on 154-6.
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Australia won the last Ashes series so can retain it as long as England don't win more tests than them. A draw would see The Urn staying with Tim Paine and his team. England are at 9/4 on Bet365 to win the series, with Australia the favourites at 10/11. Given the unpredictable weather in England, a draw could be a good bet at 10/3.
Archer made his test debut this week and was fantastic. He took five wickets in total and his bowling has excited the cricketing world. He was consistently bowling over 90mph and the visitors were struggling to deal with him. Many pundits and ex-cricketers are very excited by Archer and feel he is fantastic for test cricket. He is 5/1 to be England's top bowler at the end of the five tests with Stuart Broad at 8/13. Broad is currently on 10 wickets and Archer on five.
There are question marks around whether Steve Smith will be playing in the next test at Headingley. Due to getting concusion he may have to miss the next test with it only being four days after the second. Smith is the favourite to be the Player of the Series at 4/9 on Bet365. However, if he misses the next test, this could be in doubt. Ben Stokes is his closest competition at 7/1. The all-rounder has been impressive with the bat and ball and could be a good outside chance. Just behind him is Pat Cummins at 8/1. The world number test bowler has taken 13 wickets so far and has been very good for Australia.
The next test starts this Thursday at Headingley and the weather is set to be good over the five days. This means we should get a result come to the end of this test. Many feel that momentum has now shifted towards England given the introduction of Jofra Archer. There are lots of other markets available on Bet365 to make these test matches even more exciting.