Australia To Land The First Ashes Blow By Beating England At The Gabba

England haven't won the opening Test match of an Ashes Series in Australia since 1986 and they face a tall order when they take to The Gabba (aka 'the Gabbatoir') in Brisbane on Wednesday night...

  • Australia have won 21 of their past 28 Tests at The Gabba - Drawn 7
  • Australia beat England by 381 runs when they last met at Brisbane in 2013

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Australia v England 1st Test    
Tips Australia to win    Best Bet @ 5 / 6  
Usman Khawaja top Australia batsman @ 9 / 2  

Fortress Gabba

Australia have been utterly dominant in Brisbane over the years as they haven't lost a Test at The Gabba since 1988, winning 21 and drawing seven since. The hosts are 5/6 for the win this week (Betfair) and we are all over that price as the greater pace in their bowling attack should thrive on a very quick deck.

Mitchell Starc and co. can cause havoc in this First Test and we fully expect them to hit the ground running with victory in this opening match.
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All Is Not Lost

Australia's greater experience of home conditions will count for plenty in Brisbane and Usman Khawaja is a tempting 9/2 to be top Australia batsman (Betfred) on what is his home ground. Khawaja's past four scores in first-class cricket for Queensland at The Gabba have been 40, 122, 78*, 52, and his past two Tests at this venue have yielded a total of 261 runs.

For England, Alastair Cook is 10/3 to be their top batsman (Bet 365) at a ground where he famously scored 235* en route to amassing an awesome tally of 766 runs during his side's famous series win.

Cook will have to produce something remarkable again this winter if England are to upset the odds but they face an uphill task in the opening Test.

All is not lost for England if they do lose though as conditions in Adelaide for the Second Test might be more to their liking and we do wonder whether Australia are capable of producing the goods on a consistent basis over the courses of five tests. They are far from a settled team as Matt Renshaw and Glenn Maxwell were among those jettisoned in favour of debutant Cameron Bancroft, Shaun Marsh and Tim Paine, so England can compete Down Under later in the series but defeat looms at the intimidating Gabba.
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Posted: Tuesday, 21st November 2017
Author: Chris Knight

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