England and Pakistan will lock horns in the second Test of the three-match series at The Rose Bowl in Southampton from August 13, Thursday.
After a rather dramatic victory in the first Test match of the series against Pakistan, England are riding high on confidence. The Three Lions now have three back-to-back Test match victories and for sure, they are in love with this positive momentum. The Rose Bowl in Southampton has hosted England four times so far in the longest format of the game and the hosts have won two of them, losing the last game they played here against West Indies in the previous series. The big news from the England dressing room - Ben Stokes will not be a part of this Test series for personal reasons and Sussex man Ollie Robinson has made his way into the 14-man squad. However, Zak Crawley is likely to get the call for the playing XI and Joe Root will be moving down to his natural position at number four. On the other hand, Pakistan will have to decide whether they will Shadab Khan or play an extra batsman in the form of Fawad Alam/Sohail Khan. The pitch at Rose Bowl is likely to aid the seamers and the wicket will be totally unlike the one at the Emirates Old Trafford. Meanwhile, why don’t you take a look at the top three team bets, which I have assorted for you to bet on for tomorrow’s encounter?
This is so obvious isn't it? I mean, can it get more easier than this? Babar Azam has been referred to as one of the best in business in almost every single format of the gentleman’s game. Everytime he walks out to bat there is this aura about him that we all love to see, the elegance and the poise makes me a better batsman than any other player in his squad at the moment. In recent times, Azam has taken Test cricket a bit seriously and indeed it has been an exquisite display of bravura from the man who looks to better his batting every single time. Coming back to the market, we need to know that Azam averages 44.74 in Test cricket compared to Azhar Ali’s 42.10. Azam averages a whopping 71.00 against England and, on the other hand, Ali averages 30.25. As a captain of the Pakistan Test team, Azhar Ali averages only 27.25 while Azam has been averaging 88.33 under the former’s leadership. In the ICC World Test Championship, Babar Azam is averaging a jaw-dropping 86.12, whereas his captain is averaging only 26.80. Now the numbers are in front of your eyes and now you just have to ensure your win by placing a bet on this market from the Bet 365 website.
Two interesting picks for this market - Joe Root and Stuart Broad, one has failed to live upto his expectations so far and the other, has exceeded all expectations just as usual. Root has not been at his very best ever since cricket resumed and if that happens in the next game, that would be the icing on the cake for England. Root maintains an average of 57.17 against Pakistan scoring 972 runs in 10 matches including one double hundred and six half centuries. When he is playing on home soil, Root averages 50.70 scoring 4310 runs in 51 matches including 11 centuries and 24 half tons. In 2020, the England skipper has 426 runs in six matches at an average of 42.60 with four fifties against his name. Moving on to Stuart Broad, who has been quite phenomenal in this calendar year and every time he has the ball in his hands, it feels like he is onto something. The second highest wicket taker of England in Test cricket has 22 wickets in the last three matches and that is an average of more than seven wickets per game. In 2020, Broad has 31 scalps to his name in just six matches at an astounding average of 14.12. Against Pakistan, the right-arm seamer has 60 wickets in 17 games and that is an average of more than three wickets per match. So, if you head over to the William Hill website now, you can have the chance to win three times your investment.
Apart from a few instances, England have looked quite solid in the last three matches and they are bringing in that momentum into this second Test match of the series. England have outclassed their opponents in almost every department and when it comes to hitting more boundaries, it seems they are winning this race too. In the last five Tests, the Three Lions have managed to clobber 303 fours and, on the other hand, Pakistan have hit 246 fours in as many matches. In the last four matches at the venue, the Three Lions have clattered 254 boundaries and Pakistan are yet to play on this ground. In the last five head to head encounters, England have 321 fours to their tally and, on the other hand, Pakistan have managed to hit 300 boundaries. As you can see, the Three Lions are ahead of their opposition in every single scenario I have mentioned in this section and as a result I would take the opportunity to let you know that Bet 365 are being extremely generous and they have offered odds of 1.61 for England to hit more fours in this forthcoming Test match. So, what are you waiting for, you should have placed that bet already!