South Africa's Amla To Shine Against England At The Oval Again

The England v South Africa Test Series is finely poised at 1-1 with two matches left to play and the teams meet at The Oval for what will be the famous London ground's 100th Test from Thursday morning...

  • England have won 2 of their past 7 Tests at The Oval since 2010 - Drawn 1, Lost 4
  • Hashim Amla scored 311 not out when he last played a Test at The Oval in 2012
  • Alastair Cook averages 45.20 at The Oval

Thursday - 11.00am OddsWon/LostBet
England v South Africa 3rd Test    
Tips Hashim Amla Top South Africa Batsman    Best Bet @ 3 / 1  
Moeen Ali Man Of The Match @ 20 / 1  

The Match Odds

It is England who are 11/10 favourite for victory in this Third Test and it is difficult to find any justification for that price as the South Africans absolutely hammered the hosts when winning by 340 runs at Trent Bridge last time out, while Joe Root's side have a poor recent record at The Oval where they have won just two of their last seven Tests (drawn one, lost four).

The Proteas picked up their first ever Test win at The Oval when they last visited Kensington in 2012 as they romped to victory by an innings and 12 runs, and they are 15/8 to emerge victorious again.
Match Betting:

Hashim Amla To Shine

South Africa appear to have momentum with them following their victory in Nottingham and they are further boosted by the return of fast bowling ace Kagiso Rabada from suspension this week.

The visitors will be relishing the chance to return to The Oval and Hashim Amla is surely the man to watch as he averages 211.50 at Surrey's ground. Admittedly, Amla's average is inflated by his stunning national-record 311 not out from five years ago but he is a worthy 3/1 favourite to be top South Africa batsman again (Bet 365).

Amla is ticking along nicely with 686 runs at 40.35 from his past ten Test outings overall and we fancy him to really go big following the disappointment of his failure to kick-on from promising starts with his scores of 78 and 87 in his two digs at Nottingham.

England In Disarray?

As for England, they have plenty of issues as Gary Ballance has been ruled out through injury, meaning Tom Westley comes in for his debut at number three, while Mark Wood's place in the team could be under threat following a fallow return of one wicket in the series so far.

With the batting unit faltering, there is plenty resting on the shoulders of the experienced Alastair Cook at the top of the order and he is 7/2 to be top England batsman (Ladbrokes) at a ground where he averages 45.20 in Tests.

Should England's batting fail yet again, Moeen Ali might be called upon to produce a rescue act from lower down the order and he did score 108 against Pakistan at The Oval last year. Ali's spin has taken 14 wickets in this series so far and the pitch in London does tend to be conducive to spin as matches wear on so it could be worth punt on the all-round talents of Ali to be man of the match at 20/1 (Paddy Power), albeit we are obviously relying on a significant improvement from Joe Root's men overall for that bet to land.

Posted: Wednesday, 26th July 2017
Author: Chris Knight

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