Host England will take on South Africa in the third and final Test at The Oval from Thursday, September 8. South Africa won the first match by an innings and 12 runs, while England returned the favour with an innings and 85 runs victory in the second Test.
England named an unchanged squad for the third Test, however, Jonny Bairstow has been ruled out after suffering a freak injury after slipping at a golf course. The two teams have played a total of 155 Test matches. While England have won 65 of them, South Africa have emerged victorious on 35 occasions. A win in the third Test will ensure South Africa's first Test series win in over a decade. As we gear up for the series-decider, I have brought to you the best three betting tips from the ENG vs SA third Test head-to-head encounter.
Dean Elgar, KL Rahul and Charith Asalanka are my top three player betting tips for the ENG vs SA third Test. Have a look at it for reaping the best returns.
South Africa captain Dean Elgar failed to make an impact in the second Test. He scored 12 runs in the first innings and 11 in the second. Stuart Broad got him to edge a delivery to the third slip in the first innings, while James Anderson castled his stumps in the following innings. However, in the first match he chipped in with 47 runs in the only innings of South Africa. Anderson cleaned his stumps in the series opener as well. Already aware of the threats from Anderson and Broad, the southpaw is expected to have done his homework and enter this match with a plan to tackle the looming threats. Elgar's scores in his last four seven innings are - 11, 12, 47 26, 70, 64 and 67. He has played 14 Test matches against England and scored 889 runs - the most against any Test playing nation, at an average of 35.56. He has hit two hundreds and three fifties against the Three Lions. In England, he has played 6 Tests and scored 361 runs at an average of 32.81. Elgar has played only one match at The Oval, the venue for the third Test. In the 2017 encounter against England, he smashed 136 runs in the second innings and fought a lone battle for his team. Elgar has looked resilient in the last couple of years. He has stood his ground in crunch situations and delivered for his team. One such act was on display when India toured South Africa last year. Set a 240-run target by the visitors, he scored 96 unbeaten runs and anchored the entire innings to see his team register a 7-wicket in and level the series 1-1. He led his team to victory in the next match as the Proteas sealed the series 2-1 in their favour. We expect Elgar to bounce back with some gutsy innings in the all-important clash. If you feel the same, head over to 1XBET and grab the odds of 1.832 for Dean Elgar to score over 25.5 runs in 1st innings from the ENG vs SA 3rd Test head-to-head encounter.
Joe Root, the number one Test batter in the world, has failed to get going in the series. The three innings so far in the two matches, has seen him score 9, 6 and 8 runs. Three different pacers - Marco Jansen, Lungi Ngidi and Kagiso Rabada - have got his prized wicket so far. The former England captain is also the leading run-scorer in the ongoing World Test Championship (WTC) cycle (2021-23). The superstar of the game has scored 1767 runs at an average of 58.90. He has hit eight hundreds and five fifties in the cycle. In 2022, the 31-year-old played 11 Test matches and scored 950 runs at an average of 52.77. Five hundred and fifty came in the period. Root has scores of 9, 6, 8, 142*, 31, 86*, 5, 3, 176 and 115* in his last seven innings. The unbeaten 142 came in the second innings against India. The knock pushed India completely out of the game despite posting a 378-run target. Root has scored 9, 6, 8, 58, 59 and 27 in his last six innings against South Africa. In total, he has played 14 Test matches against South Africa and scored 1187 runs at an average of 47.48. In England, he has played 65 Test matches and scored 5601 runs at an average of 53.85. At The Oval, he has played eight Test matches and scored 649 runs at an average of 46.35. Considering his supreme form, Root should already have scored at least a couple of fifties by now, however, we expect him to deliver for his team in the important clash starting Thursday. If you feel the same, head over to 1XBET and grab the odds of 1.832 for Joe Root to score over 33.5 runs in 1st innings from the ENG vs SA 3rd Test head-to-head encounter.
On a pace-friendly wicket of The Oval, Aiden Markram would most probably find it difficult to find his feet again. The 27-year-old has scored 16, 6 and 14 in the series so far. Ahead of the series, the scores of Markram in his last six innings were 14, 42, 2, 15, 16 and 8. Since the start of 2022, Markram has scored 171 runs at an average of 15.54 in six matches. His record against England is also very unimpressive. In the three matches he has played against them, he has scored 58 runs at an average of 11.60. In England, Markram averages 12 from two matches. Overall, he has scored 2009 runs in 33 matches at an average of 34.05. He has five hundreds and nine fifties to his name in the format. But notably, Markram averages 22.00 in the 12 Test matches he has played to score 484 runs away from home. With the added pressure of winning or saving the series, Markram will have to go through a litmus test to score over 22 runs in the first innings of the match. If you feel the same, head over to 1XBET and grab the odds of 1.832 for Aiden Markram to score under 22.5 runs in 1st innings from the ENG vs SA 3rd Test head-to-head encounter.
Dean Elgar to score over 25.5 runs in 1st innings @ 1.832 (1XBET)
Joe Root to score over 33.5 runs in 1st innings @ 1.832 (1XBET)
Aiden Markram to score over 22.5 runs @ 1.832 (1XBET)