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The Ashes 3rd Test Tips: Australia set for happier visit to Headingley

Ben Stokes led England to a memorable Ashes victory over Australia at Headingley in 2019 but, four years on, the Aussies have the chance to seal a series win in Leeds, where the third Test starts on Thursday.

James Milton's 3rd Ashes Test Tips

Australia to win 3rd Test @ 6/5

Mitchell Starc Top 1st Innings Bowler @ 5/1

Marnus Labuschagne Over 75.5 Match Runs @ 5/6

Odds displayed were correct at the time of writing and subject to fluctuation.

Setting the scene…..

It is shaping up to be a glorious English summer for Australia, who thrashed India in last month's World Test Championship final at The Oval before winning the first two Ashes Tests at Edgbaston and Lord's.

The Aussies had to dig deep in both Tests against England, who let slip a winning position on the final day of the first Test and collapsed from 188-1 to 325 all out at Lord's last week.

England's batsmen are unlikely to rein in their stroke play, as they bid to overturn a 2-0 deficit, but that could be risky against Australia's top-class pace bowlers in overcast conditions in Yorkshire.

WhatEngland v Australia, 3rd Test, Day One
WhereHeadingley, Leeds
When11:00, Thursday 6th July 2023
How to watchSky Sports Cricket & Main Event
OddsEngland 8/5, Draw 15/4, Australia 6/5

Australia to win 3rd Test @ 6/5

Australia's settled game plan has been disrupted by the absence of spinner Nathan Lyon, who suffered a series-ending calf injury while making his 100th consecutive Test appearance in the win at Lord's.

However, the Aussie quicks should shoulder the responsibility at Headingley, where they bowled out England for 67 in the first innings in 2019, and the tourists can wrap up their first Ashes series victory in England since 2001.

Australia have not been at their very best in the first two Tests but stepped up at crucial moments, helped by England's poor shot selection and sloppy fielding.

The tourists have shown more application with the bat, typified by Usman Khawaja facing 775 balls for his 300 runs in the first two Tests, while England may struggle to keep their cool after Jonny Bairstow's controversial dismissal on the final day at Lord's.

James Milton's Tip:

There is not much between the Ashes rivals but England's self-destructive streak has helped Australia establish a 2-0 lead with three Tests remaining.

Steve Smith, player of the match at Lord's for his first-innings century, will be eyeing more runs in his 100th Test and Australia's fast bowlers should relish conditions at Headingley. The tourists certainly appeal at 6/5 to make it seven wins in their last eight Ashes Tests.

Mitchell Starc Top 1st Innings Bowler @ 5/1

New Zealand's Trent Boult took three wickets, all of them bowled, in his first four overs against England at Headingley last summer and that should encourage fellow left-armer Mitchell Starc.

The experienced Starc sealed Australia's win at Lord's by bowling Josh Tongue, having flattened Ollie Pope's stumps with a cracking delivery earlier in England's second innings.

After taking six wickets at HQ, the 33-year-old is expected to retain his place for the Test at Headingley, where he had a spell with Yorkshire as a youngster in 2012.

James Milton's Tip:

Mitchell Starc's searing yorkers and pacy short balls caused England problems at Lord's, dismissing Joe Root, Harry Brook and Ben Stokes in the first innings, and he is a tempting bet at 5/1 to be the Top 1st Innings Bowler on either team.

Marnus Labuschagne Over 75.5 Match Runs @ 5/6

Marnus Labuschagne started the 2023 Ashes at number one in the ICC's Test batting rankings but his series began with a golden duck at Edgbaston.

The Australian number three had more of an impact in the second Test at Lord's, scoring 47 and 30, and he had an excellent match at Headingley in 2019.

Labuschagne top-scored in both innings of that game, making 74 and 80 in testing batting conditions, and he will be keen to contribute again as Australia close in on a series victory.

James Milton's Tip:

Marnus Labuschagne scored 59, 74, 80, 67, 11, 48 and 14 in seven innings during the 2019 Ashes in England and, after amassing 77 runs in last week's victory at Lord's, he should be backed at 5/6 to make Over 75.5 Match Runs on his return to Headingley.

James Milton's 3rd Ashes Test Tips

Australia to win 3rd Test @ 6/5

Mitchell Starc Top 1st Innings Bowler @ 5/1

Marnus Labuschagne Over 75.5 Match Runs @ 5/6

Odds displayed were correct at the time of writing and subject to fluctuation.

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