Australia and England will take on each other for the fifth and final Test of the 2021-22 Ashes competition at the Bellerive Oval in Hobart.
Australia have already secured the bragging rights for the series, by winning it 3-0, but England somehow managed to draw the fourth Test in Sydney after the first three days were affected by rain. Australia, however, would want to finish the season on a high by wrapping it up with a win while the visitors would aim for a victory to end their 10-year wait in the country. Bookmakers are generous with their market picks and we should do our homework in order to finish on a high.
David Warner has an incredible record in Australia and averages 61.84 in Australia. After South Africa and Bangladesh, where he combinedly played six Test matches, Warner’s average in his home country is his highest. But there is an incredibly assertive dominance at Hobart where he averages 62.17, which is the highest for any active cricketer. In fact, he finds himself at the fifth position after Ricky Ponting, Michael Hussey, Mark Taylor, and Michael Clarke. That his dominance is well-established, let’s look at further credentials. Despite averaging only 26 in England, Warner has an average of 40.17 against the Englishmen, which is a very very good record. In the 2011 Test against New Zealand at the same venue, Doug Bracewell bowled the Kiwis to a famous victory and it was David Warner who stood tall and carried his bat through for a well-made 123. Since then he has been a fulcrum for the side and England would be wary of that when the final Test kicks off on Friday. Keep an eye out on Parimatch to bolster a big return potential.
If it is the first innings of a Test match, trust Marnus Labuschagne to plunder runs like a king. Currently, the Queenslander averages 92.33 in the first match innings and 76.52 in the first team innings. Those are some incredible numbers. In the last three years, his averages read 64.94, 67.16, and 65.75 respectively while his home average reads 70.00. In the ongoing Ashes, his scores read 74, 0*, 103, 54, 1, 28, and 29. In 8 Ashes Tests, he has a total of 639 runs at an average of 49.15 which not only talks about his insane batting form but also augurs well for the Aussies who have used it to their advantage to crush England’s dreams. Another crucial reminder of the fact that even though Labuschagne hasn’t been able to take the series by storm, he has had a false shot percentage of only 12% - the third lowest in the series after Steve Smith and Joe Root. It is the sign of a batsman who is in control of the narrative. Hence England would do well to dismiss him upfront, or else he will punish them to no end. You can also be benefitted from Labuschagne’s form by betting on him through our affiliate partner Parimatch who is providing a very interesting market for the same.
For the next five days, there are predictions of extreme rain in Hobart and for the first three days, it will be a challenge to get the ball rolling. Australia have already announced that Travis Head will make it into the squad after missing the SCG Test due to Covid and he is set to replace Marcus Harris. In such a situation, Usman Khawaja, who scored twin centuries at the SCG, will open with Warner. That is a very comforting situation for the Aussies. While we have already established why Warner would be successful in setting up the game for the Aussies. To refresh the memory, Usman Khawaja scored 137 & 101* in the SCG Test but before that with knocks of 174, 119, 74, 70, and 52*, he had set the stage in the Sheffield Shield on fire. Warner and Khawaja have gone a long back in their friendship and understands each other’s batting at a very deep level. Hence, we can be optimistic and hope that this partnership will reap dividends to make our weekend a splendid one on Parimatch.
David Warner to dominate at Hobart (Parimatch)
Labuschagne to bring home solid rewards (Parimatch)
Australia to register over 20.5 runs opening partnership (Parimatch)
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