Cricket: Ashes 2nd Test Preview and Betting Picks

Welcome to The Bet Club and our preview of the second Test of the England vs Australia Ashes series. It promises to be another intriguing battle between the old enemies Australia and England at the historic Lord’s Cricket Ground.

After a thrilling two-wicket win for Australia in the first Test at Edgbaston, both teams will be eager to gain an advantage in this crucial encounter. In this preview, we will analyze the players, the odds and provide our prediction, picks and betting tips for the upcoming Test match starting Wednesday.

First Ashes Test Cricket Review:

The opening Test at Edgbaston provided a captivating contest, with both teams displaying their skills. England posted a formidable 8/393 in their first innings, led by a brilliant century from Joe Root. Australia fought back with a solid batting performance, especially from Usman Khawaja, who scored a patient 141. In the second innings, England put up a fight, but Australia’s bowlers, particularly Pat Cummins and Nathan Lyon, restricted them to 273. Australia successfully chased down the target of 281, thanks to a remarkable innings from captain Pat Cummins.

Australia Cricket Predicted XI:

For the second Test, Australia’s team composition will largely depend on the pitch conditions at Lord’s. If the pitch favors pace and movement, Josh Hazlewood and Scott Boland are likely to retain their spots. If the pitch is drier, Mitchell Starc could come in due to his pace and ability to generate foot marks for Nathan Lyon. The rest of the batting lineup is expected to remain unchanged.

Australia Predicted XI: David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, Travis Head, Cameron Green, Alex Carey, Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Nathan Lyon, Scott Boland

England Cricket Predicted XI:

England, on the other hand, have some selection dilemmas to address. The performance of wicket-keeper Jonny Bairstow has raised questions, with calls for Ben Foakes to replace him. Ollie Pope’s disappointing outing in the first Test could also open the door for Foakes. The bowling unit is another area of concern, with decisions to be made regarding the spinner role and the pace attack.

England Predicted XI: Zak Crawley, Ben Duckett, Ollie Pope, Joe Root, Harry Brook, Ben Stokes, Jonny Bairstow, Moeen Ali, Stuart Broad, Mark Wood, James Anderson

Second Test Cricket Preview and Prediction:

Australia enters the second Test as slight favorites with odds of $2.10, while England is priced at $2.50. A draw is available at $5.00.

The match presents intriguing storylines, with top batsmen Marnus Labuschagne and Steve Smith looking to bounce back after out of charachter below-par performance in the first Test. Usman Khawaja’s impressive century adds to Australia’s batting strength.

For England, their opening partnership and Joe Root’s run-scoring form will be crucial. The availability of Moeen Ali and James Anderson, as well as potential changes in the bowling unit, could impact England’s chances.

Cricket Match Prediction:

Considering the stability of Australia’s lineup and their ability to win the first Test without significant contributions from Smith and Labuschagne, they have a slight advantage heading into this match. The outcome may depend on the pitch and the toss, but overall, backing Australia to take a commanding 2-0 lead in London seems like a favorable bet.

Best Bet: Back Australia to win the second Test and extend their lead in the series.

Player Prop Cricket Bets:

  1. Ben Stokes is a player for big occasions and he almost needs to be the top England run-scorer in the first innings if they are to have a chance in this test. Root needs support and at odds of $7.00 Stokes has a proven track record in Ashes matches and has performed well at Lord’s in the past.
  2. Steve Smith to be the top Australia run-scorer in the first innings at odds of $3.50. Steve Smith record in England is impeccable, he will be keen to bounce back after a rare double failure. He is one of the worlds best batsmen and has proven ability to perform under pressure, so I am backing Smith to bounce back. I expect him to add to his ton column in this match.

Most runs in the Test:

  • Steve Smith: $3.50
  • Marnus Labuschagne: $4.50
  • Usman Khawaja: $4.50
  • Joe Root: $4.50

Cricket Labuschagne’s ranking drop and key players to watch:

Marnus Labuschagne’s rare failure in the first Test caused him to drop from the top spot to third in the ICC rankings. Steve Smith also fell from second to sixth, (watch him bounce back) while Travis Head slipped to fourth. Joe Root currently holds the number one ranking. These top-ranked players will play crucial roles in the second Test, and their performances will heavily impact their respective teams. With Australia having 4 batsmen in the top 7 in world cricket and England the World #1, I expect this to be the key to the game and suggest including them in your fantasy teams.

Man of the Cricket Match Betting:

  • Our Best Bet Steve Smith: $8.00
  • Consider and or risk to bet;
  • Joe Root: $8.00
  • Marnus Labuschagne: $11.00
  • Pat Cummins: $11.00
  • Usman Khawaja: $11.00
  • Ben Stokes: $13.00


The second Ashes Test at Lord’s promises to be a gripping contest between Australia and England. With Australia holding a slight advantage based on their first Test victory and overall team stability, they are favored to win the match and we expect that to happen. However, the outcome may be influenced by factors such as pitch conditions and the toss. Betting on individual performances and top run-scorers can provide additional excitement.

If you are looking at a Parlay bet, then you could do a lot worse than take Australian to win, Steve Smith to hit most runs in first innings, and to also win man of the match which would see Australia home. Looking to add a little more value to this consider Ben Stokes or Joe Root for England most runs and or Pat Cummins Man of the Match props.

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