Australia vs England – 1st Ashes Test Betting Tips

Host Australia will be looking to draw first blood when they take on England in the opening Test of the five-match series starting from Wednesday at Gabba.

After losing Border Gavaskar Trophy to India at home last year, Australia will be looking to turn things around in this Ashes series. Newly-appointed Captain Pat Cummins will be hoping that the side can deliver a strong show at the Gabba.

On the other hand, England will be up against Australia without series leading wicket taker James Anderson, who will miss the match due to calf injury. Captain Joe Root will be hoping that the side can adjust to the conditions and deliver a decent show in this opening Test.

Both teams have competed in 335 Tests in the history of five-day format where Australia have an upper hand with 136 wins compared to England’s 108 victories whereas 91 matches ended as a draw. 

In the previous Ashes played in England, Australia managed to draw the five-match series.

Australia Form and Team News

The hosts will be looking to field their strongest XI for the opening game of the Ashes series against England.

In the batting department, the side will be relying on openers David Warner, Marcus Harris, Marnus Labuschagne, vice-captain Steve Smith, Travis Head and all-rounder Cameron Green to deliver the  bulk of the runs.

In the bowling department, the side will be depending on the pace trio of Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood and Mitchell Starc to provide early breakthroughs with the new-ball.

Nathan Lyon is expected to be the lone spinner for this game.

England Form and Team News

In the absence of premier seamer James Anderson, all-rounder Chris Woakes will be slotted into the playing XI for Gabba Test. 

In the batting department, the side will be relying on the likes of Captain Joe Root, Rory Burns, Haseeb Hameed, Dawid Malan, all-rounder Ben Stokes and Ollie Pope to deliver the bulk of the runs.

In the bowling department, there is one change certain for the visiting side, as premier pacer James Anderson is ruled out of the match duo to calf injury and is likely to be replaced by Chris Woakes, which means there will be added pressure on veteran pacer Stuart Broad to deliver. 

Ollie Robinson and Jack Leach will be other prominent bowling options for England for opening game of the Ashes series.

Odds by Casumo

According to the Casumo sportsbook, Australia will be clear favorites to win this opening game of the series to be played at The Gabba. For the opening Test, Australia are placed at 1.81 odds, while England at 5.10 odds.

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Our Tipster’s Angle

After analyzing the squads, Australia will be confident of doing well at The Gabba. With likes of Steven Smith, David Warner and Marnus Labuschagne in decent form this season, the home side will be keen to pile on the runs against England.

With Anderson ruled out of the Gabba Test, England will have put in exceptional performance to push Australia in the series opener.

Therefore, the prediction is for Australia to register a comfortable win over England

Tip 1- Australia’s formidable record against England at The Gabba

Pat Cummins-led unit will certainly enjoy the conditions at the Gabba. The home side will take heart from the fact that Australia has an excellent record at the venue. In 21 Tests played, Australia won 12 matches, whereas four have ended in a draw. Given their outstanding record, we can expect Australia to beat England at The [email protected]

Tip 2-Joe Root to continue his purple patch with the bat

England Captain has been in tremendous form with the bat in red-ball cricket this year. In 12 Tests played, Joe Root has accumulated 1,455 runs at an average of 66.13 with six centuries to his name. Given his outstanding performances this season, we can expect Captain Joe Root to score 40 runs or more against [email protected]


Expect Australia to beat England and go 1-0 up in the five-match Test series.

  • Australia to beat England at The Gabba- Australia @2.00
  • Captain Joe Root to score 40 runs or more against Australia- [email protected]

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