England v South Africa 3rd Test Betting Tips – 27th July 2017

Publish: 24.07.2017

It’s never easy being an England cricket fan. The test team won their first match under new captain, Joe Root, with what looked like ease against South Africa. However, in just a week they turned a 211 run victory into a 340 run defeat.

In truth, the warning signs were there.

England suffered a batting collapse even in victory at Lord’s but few people predicted that they would fail so miserably with the bat in the second test at Trent Bridge.

The task for Root and his players now is to flip this test series on its head once more. That means playing proper test cricket and not giving away silly wickets when they face South Africa again, this time at the Oval.

Top Betting Tips

South Africa to win at 2/1 with Marathonbet

England first innings opening partnership to be over 29/5 runs at 5/6 with Betfred

Alastair Cook to be England’s top batmen at 7/2 with Boylesports

Hashim Amla to score a century at 4/1 with William Hill

Betting Analysis

Cricket has changed significantly over the last 10 years largely due to the introduction of T20.

The faster form of the game has greatly changed the way that batsmen approach getting runs but an overly aggressive approach is never going to work in test cricket in the long term.

With England facing an almost impossible run chase in the second innings against South Africa, several batsmen gave their wickets away in maddening fashion.

Those shocking performances with the bat have prompted the England selectors to decide that they can no longer justify playing with six bowlers. So, out goes Liam Dawson with his replacement highly likely to be the opening batsmen, Mark Stoneman.

England will hope that gives them a stronger platform to build from and Stoneman should be able to take his form in first class cricket to the international stage. So, have a bet on the England first innings opening partnership to be over 29.5 runs at 5/6 with Betfred.

While Joe Root has been wracking his brain to work out a solution to England’s woes, his predecessor, Alastair Cook, has been able to simply concentrate on his own game.

Freed from the pressures of captaincy, Cook looks happy and confident with his game and he can be England’s top batsmen in the third test at 7/2 with Boylesports.

Alastair Cook‬‏

Alastair Cook‬‏

Stoneman’s introduction should bolster England’s batting but will it be enough for them to get the better of a confident South Africa team? It’s unlikely.

The return of Faff du Plesis was a massive boost for the Proteas and they won’t be giving up their advantage in a hurry.

They’ve got a strong balance between bat and ball and look very good value at 2/1 with Marathonbet.

Like England, South Africa responded to their disappointing first test defeat by making changes to the team. But, no matter what alterations they’ve made to personnel and balance Hashim Amla remains a consistent performer.

He famously scored 311 at the Oval in 2011 and could come up trumps again so back Amla to score a century at 4/1 with William Hill.

Key Battles

If England are to have any chance of turning the tide against South Africa the batsmen will have to back up the good work of the bowlers.

There can be nothing more frustrating for an England bowler than to give maximum effort, trying to get rid of the South Africans only to get no rest as the batsmen give their wickets away cheaply.

The specific problem for England is in the middle order with the likes of Gary Ballance, Jonny Bairstow and Ben Stokes playing cricket that is not suited to test matches. Those three simply must respect their wickets and their teammates more.

The other hope that England have is that they can target specific South African batsmen. We all know that Amla and du Plessis can pull an innings together but they are a class above many of their teammates, something that England know very well.

Predicted Teams

England – Cook, Stoneman, Jennings, Ballance, Root, Bairstow, Stokes, Ali, Broad, Wood, Anderson

South Africa – Elgar, Kuhn, Amla, de Kock, du Plessis, Bavuma, Philander, Morris, Maharaj, Morkel, Olivier