Cricket tips: Our 3 best bets for Australia v England in the fifth Ashes Test

Our tipster from down under Nick Tedeschi is backing Ben Stokes to shine.

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Another Ashes series will be in the books come the finale of this Test with the most famous battle in all of cricket reaching Tasmanian shores for the first time. Hobart will host the fifth Test and all eyes will be on how focused Australia can be and how much fight England have left.

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The Banker

Blundstone Arena gets back to the Test arena after five seasons off the scene so there is not a lot of recent data to work off, but there have been five Tests since 2010. In four of those there has been a score north of 121.5, while there has been a century in all five.

Batsman need to dig in at Hobart but there are runs to be had on a ground that can flatten out to a road if conditions dry out. The England bowling attack has shown little ability to contain Australian bats so the over looks the bet in this market.

The Value

The gritty Ben Stokes has finally found some form after missing plenty of cricket and tends to stay in good nick once he finds it. He really dug deep with scores of 66 and 60 in Sydney, spending over two-and-a-half hours at the crease in both innings. They were the kind of innings that can set a talented player back to return to form.

Stokes has four tons and nine more 50s since the start of the 2019 Ashes. He should enjoy Tasmania with his patience a virtue on a deck that typically moves around a lot.

The Long Shot

Steve Smith got thrown the ball late in the fourth Test and did a job by getting the critical wicket of Jack Leach. Tim Paine showed little interest in giving Smith an over but Pat Cummins went to him last Test and Smith gave himself a trundle in Adelaide. He may get more of a bowl after claiming the Leach wicket and the price is worth a nibble.

Australia v England best bets:

The Banker
Highest Score – Over 121.5

The Value
Ben Stokes – England Top Runscorer

The Long Shot
#WhatOddsPaddy – Steve Smith To Take a Wicket in the Match

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