ENG vs AUS Head to Head
Victory in the first test was Australia’s 145th in test matches against England. England have won 108 by contrast, with 94 draws. Australia won the last series, at home, 4-1 as they ruthlessly beat the tourists to reclaim the Ashes.
In England, however, it is a different story – England have not lost a home series to Australia since 2001. Nevertheless, Steve Smith’s batting and the combined bowling efforts of Nathan Lyon and Pat Cummins mean Australia lead this current series 1-0.
ENG vs AUS Head to Head Stats
|Matches Played||ENG Won||AUS Won||Tie||No Result|
England vs Australia Betting Odds
After their dominant first test win, Australia are priced lower than England to win at Lord’s. The weather forecast means the draw is favourite, however.
ENG Bet365 Odds
- ENG to Win the Match: England are outsiders at 3.20 to beat Australia at Lord’s. With rain forecast all week, however, the draw is 2.62 with Bet365.
- ENG Top Batsman: Joe Root is 3.60 favourite to be England’s top batsman in the first innings. Openers Jason Roy and Rory Burns are 5.50 with Bet365, after Burns’ century in the first test, while Joe Denly and Jos Buttler are 7.00 and Ben Stokes can be backed at 7.50. Out-of-form Jonny Bairstow is 8.50.
- ENG Top Bowler: On his test debut, Jofra Archer is 3.75 to be England’s top bowler in the first innings, the same price as Chris Woakes and Stuart Broad – the latter two having been in outstanding form when England last bowled at Lord’s.
AUS Bet365 Odds
- AUS to Win the Match: Australia are 2.75 to beat England – lower priced than the hosts are but slightly higher priced than the draw, which can be backed at 2.62 with Bet365.
- AUS Top Batsman: Unsurprisingly given his form, Steve Smith is 2.50 favourite to be Australia’s top batsman in the first innings. He top-scored in both innings for Australia last time out. David Warner is 5.00, while Usman Khawaja and Cameron Bancroft are both 6.00. Matthew Wade also hit a century in the first test, and he is 7.00.
- AUS Top Bowler: Pat Cummins is 3.25 favourite to be Australia’s top bowler in the first innings with Bet365, while Mitchell Starc – on his anticipated return – is 3.50. Nathan Lyon also shone with the ball in the first test match, and the spinner is 4.50 with Bet365.
ENG Betway Odds
- ENG to Win the Match: England are narrower outsiders with Betway, at 2.87 to beat Australia. The draw is again favourite at 2.62 with Betway.
- ENG Top Batsman: Joe Root is 3.50 favourite to be England’s top batsman in the first innings with Betway. Rory Burns took that honour in the first test and he is 5.50, while opening partner Jason Roy is 4.75. Ben Stokes, Joe Denly and Jos Buttler are all priced at 6.50.
- ENG Top Bowler: Chris Woakes and Stuart Broad are priced slightly lower than Jofra Archer to be England’s top bowler in the first innings. Woakes and Broad, after their heroics against Ireland, are both 3.50, whereas Archer is 3.60.
AUS Betway Odds
- AUS to Win the Match: Australia are 2.80 to beat England with Betway. Again, that is a lower price than the hosts but they are not favourites – the rain forecast means the draw is favourite at 2.62.
- AUS Top Batsman: Steve Smith is a generous 3.00 to be Australia’s top batsman in the first innings of this second test with Betway. Matthew Wade, the other Australian to score a century in the first test, is 6.50. David Warner is second favourite at 4.33, while Cameron Bancroft and Usman Khawaja can both be backed at 5.50.
- AUS Top Bowler: Pat Cummins is 2.62 to be Australia’s top first innings bowler with Betway. James Pattinson is 2.87, while Mitchell Starc is 3.20. Nathan Lyon, meanwhile, can be backed at 3.60.
England vs Australia Prediction
Australia, and Steve Smith in particular, were simply too good in the first test and it is hard to see how England can turn things around. The weather forecast is dreadful, however, and the draw might be the better bet as a result.
Back England and Australia to draw the second test at 2.62 with both Bet365 and Betway
ENG vs AUS Dream11 Prediction
There are two choices for each team as wicket-keeper. Jonny Bairstow’s form has not been good in recent test matches, while Jos Buttler failed to impose himself for England in the first match either. Matthew Wade hit a century for Australia, however, and Tim Paine is good value at eight credits.
In-form Steve Smith is 10.5 credits but will be worth every single one of those if he continues the form he showed in the first match. Joe Root is the same price and needs to have a similar impact for England. Their best batsman in the first test, however, was Rory Burns and he is great value at just eight credits. Other batting options include David Warner and Usman Khawaja, though both may be a little too expensive. Jason Roy and Cameron Bancroft are better value at 8.5 credits, though both have plenty to improve on after the first test.
Ben Stokes is the main out-and-out all-rounder available for selection, while Travis head is listed for Australia. With Moeen Ali not in the squad, those two are the only two likely to feature and both are worthy of selection. Head could be swapped for an extra bowler, however.
The bowlers are expected to have the most telling impact on this series and both sides are blessed with plenty of bowling talent. Pat Cummins and Nathan Lyon starred in the first test and are each good value at nine credits apiece. Chris Woakes and Stuart Broad are 8.5 credits, meanwhile, as is expected debutant Jofra Archer. That leaves 8.5 credits for either Head or another bowler. Mitchell Starc is 8.5 credits, as is James Pattinson.
Steve Smith’s batting form makes him hard to look beyond. England had no answer to him and he could rack up some more big scores if the weather allows. Ben Stokes offers something with bat and ball, meanwhile, and Chris Woakes and Stuart Broad both enjoyed bowling at Lord’s last time out – and are no mugs with the bat either. Smith is the obvious choice as captain; Woakes could deliver as vice-captain.
ENG vs AUS 2nd Test Dream11 Team
|BATSMEN||ALL ROUNDER||WICKET KEEPER||BOWLER|
|Steve Smith (c)||Ben Stokes||Matthew Wade||Nathan Lyon|
|Joe Root||Pat Cummins|
|Rory Burns||Mitchell Starc|
|Chris Woakes (vc)|