Despite the loss of Ben Stokes, England still go into the 3rd Test at Edgbaston in Birmingham as heavy odds on favourites.
The bookies make England a best price of 4/6 to win the 3rd Test and ensure that Alastair Cook’s men can’t lose the series. The draw is coming in at around 3/1, and a Pakistan victory at 9/2.
The hosts levelled the series in Manchester last week with a comprehensive 330 run win, to go into this weeks contest with the (best of 4) series all square at 1-1.
England will no doubt miss Stokes, abut his absence won’t upset the balance of the side too much, given the all round form of Warwickshire’s Chris Woakes.
Woakes is in the form of his life, and now totally looks at home at international level. He is currently streets ahead in the wicket taking charts in this series, with 18 wickets. Only Pakistan’s Yasir Shah is in double figures, he has 11 victims, with Stuart Broad and Moeen next with 7 wickets.
This just goes to underline the fact that Woakes has been the stand out performer for England all summer, and just why it took Alastair Cook so long to bowl him at Old Trafford in the Pakistani second innings is anyone’s guess. I would have thought he would be the go-to man if you’re looking for a wicket at the moment.
Woakes is currently vying for favouritism with Jimmy Anderson in the betting for top bowler in the 3rd Test, both can be backed at around 5/2 to 3/1 to be England’s leading wicket taker in this match. Top Batsman Betting in this match for England, is unsurprisingly Joe Root, at a best price of 5/2.
Pakistan shouldn’t be dismissed too lightly ahead of this match though. Edgbaston is well known for being receptive to spin, and with Yasir Shah in their ranks, Pakistan are well represented in that department.
Shah is as short as 2/1 with some bookies to be top Pakistani bowler in Wednesday’s Test, with Misbah and Azhar Ali joint favourites to be top batsman for the visitors.
If you’re trading the Test match, or looking to use any sort of betting system on the match, it starts at 11am on Wednesday, and is from Edgbaston in Birmingham. Coverage is live on Sky Sports.
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