Who Will Win Aus vs Eng 4th Test, Ashes 2017/18?
Trailing 0-3 in the five-match series and after having already conceded the urn to Australia, England will hope for some respite when take on the hosts in the fourth test of the Ashes 2017/18. The match is scheduled to be played from December 26 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Live telecast will begin at 10:30 AM local time each day.
Aus vs Eng 4th Test: Where to Watch/Live Streaming
TV channels: BT Sport, Channel 9, Sony Six
Live Streaming: Bet365, Sony LIV, SuperSport
The wicket at the MCG has been excellent for batting in recent times having produced five totals in excess of 400 in the previous three test matches. So the team that wins the toss here is more likely to make first use of the ideal batting conditions.
Read on for team analysis, betting odds, betting tips and match prediction for Aus vs Eng 4th Test....
Australia Team News & Playing 11
Wicketkeeper-batsman Tim Paine and fast bowler Mitchell Starc are doubtful starters for the Boxing Day Ashes test. While the former could withdraw himself due to personal reasons, the latter could be rested upon failing to recover from a foot injury. Peter Handscomb and Jackson Bird are the likely respective replacements.
Bulk of the scoring is expected to be done by the likes of David Warner, Steven Smith, Shaun Marsh and Usman Khawaja. Skipper Smith has hit three tons and a fifty in five test matches at the MCG which makes him the key man for Australia. If Mitchell Starc is declared unfit, it will be up to Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins to make early inroads in England's batting lineup.
Australia have now won six, lost three and drawn one out of the ten test matches they have played this year. Their innings-victory over England at Perth was their fourth consecutive win in this format of the game.
Australia Predicted Playing 11
Steven Smith (c), Shaun Marsh, David Warner, Tim Paine/Peter Handscomb (wk), Mitchell Marsh, Josh Hazlewood, Usman Khawaja, Mitchell Starc/Jackson Bird, Nathan Lyon, Pat Cummins, Cameron Bancroft
England Team News & Playing 11
England may have a changed bowling attack if seam bowler Craig Overton gets ruled out of the fourth test due to a rib injury he aggravated in the last game. This could mean a test debut for leg-spinner Mason Crane who has played two T20 internationals for his country in the past.
Dawid Malan has been the most impressive batsman for England on this tour with one century and two fifties which includes scores of 140 and 54 in the respective innings of the last test. He along with Jonny Bairstow who is the second-leading run-getter for the side in this series will be the ones to watch out for. James Anderson, Chris Woakes and Stuart Broad will be the key with the ball. Anderson has taken the most wickets for England so far in this series.
England succumbed to their third test defeat in a row as they lost the third match against Australia by an innings and 41 runs. The visitors have now won five and lost as many test matches out of the ten they have played since the start of 2017.
England Predicted Playing 11
Joe Root (c), James Anderson, Alastair Cook, Stuart Broad, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Mark Stoneman, James Vince, Dawid Malan, Chris Woakes, Moeen Ali, Craig Overton/Mason Crane
Australia vs England Head to Head
Australia have now won their last four tests played against England. The two nations have squared off in 55 tests at the MCG out of which 28 have been won by the hosts and 20 by the visitors with the remaining 7 matches all having ended in draws.
Australia vs England 4th Test Betting Odds
Australia have shortened up further in the betting markets after inflicting a crushing innings-defeat on England at Perth. The hosts are now priced at 1.63 on Betfair and 1.53 on Bet365 and are overwhelming favorites to win the fourth Ashes test at the MCG. England continue to remain big underdogs amongst the bookmakers and they have slumped to 5.9 on Betfair and 5.5 on Bet365. The odds for this game to end in a draw are set at 4.5 on both Betfair and Bet365.
Australia vs England 4th Test Prediction
Australia have been ruthless in test cricket at home having secured wins in their last seven matches. Plus, the MCG has been a happy hunting ground for them as they have won 15 out of their last 18 tests here and have not been beaten in their last 6 matches at this venue. England are clearly struggling to adapt to the conditions in Australia. They have been underwhelming on this tour and have lost matches even after getting themselves in strong positions. With the Ashes having already slipped out of their hands, it will be very difficult for them to find enough motivation for the remainder of the series. We feel the Aussie will only get stronger from here and so we predict them to continue their winning ways.
Final Verdict: Back Australia to beat England in the fourth test at 1.63 on Betfair and 1.53 on Bet365.