Ashes 2013: 4th Test Betting Preview

Amidst England retaining the Ashes in what turned out to be somber style and Australian television accusing Kevin Pietersen of cheating the hotspot system, there is in fact a fourth test about to get underway this morning.

Although the Aussies have failed to win back the Ashes, the series can still be leveled at 2-2, meaning all is not lost at Chester-lee-street.

England have added bowlers Graham Onions and Chris Tremlett to their 13-man squad following the draw that retained the Ashes in Manchester, with the former particularly keen to find a space in a settled line-up for his home Test in Durham.

England could well name an unchanged team but Stuart Broad has taken only six wickets in the series and James Anderson looked tired at Old Trafford, so if Andy Flower is looking for fresh impetus and wants to rotate the bowling attack then Onions is likely to be the man to benefit.

Jackson Bird could make his first Ashes appearance having been named in Australia’s 12-man squad.

The tourists know that fast bowler Ryan Harris requires careful management given his injury record and in fact he has only played three consecutive Tests once before.

Bird was the only man added to the squad after Australia’s impressive performance at Old Trafford so spinner Ashton Agar will not be returning to the side.

The only other issue for Australia is whether David Warner will open again after Shane Watson dropped down the order for the second innings in Manchester after an unconvincing summer.

This is the first time that Durham has ever hosted an Ashes Test. In the four previous Tests held at the ground, England have won every time, and by an innings on no less than three occasions.

Perhaps with this in mind, England are Evens to take the 4th test – but the value is with Australia at 3/1, especially after an impressive show at Old Trafford that was hampered by the weather.

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