Cricket | Sri Lanka v England Third Test | Preview and Odds

England head in into the third Test against Sri Lanka looking to secure a 3-0 overall victory and a first whitewash  away from home in a series since way back in 1963.

Joe Root’s team look united and ready to take on the challenge – our cricket betting expert previews the third and final Test in Colombo.

Clean sweep

England have won their first series on the subcontinent since winning in India back in 2012 after securing a 57-run victory in the second Test in Kandy. Their attack minded approach is gradually paying dividends and England are now a stark contrast from the team that has fallen to defeat in Dubai, Australia and New Zealand in years gone by.

A stunning 3-0 clean sweep is on the cards when England take on Sri Lanka in the third Test of the series beginning tomorrow. Winning the toss and batting first in the two previous Test matches has proved vital to England’s success over the past few weeks and they will be hoping they can do the same in the final meeting.

Ben Foakes and Keaton Jennings put in talismanic performances in the first and second Tests respectively; Foakes hit a debut century and Jennings caught two crucial balls to turn the tides in each of two meetings. We make England  5/6 with to secure the 3-0 victory.

Changes in personnel

Stuart Broad will replace fast bowler James Anderson for the final Test in a like for like switch. The pair have 998 Test wickets between them and are England’s most successful Test bowlers of all time. You can get Broad to take the most wickets during the first innings at Evens and, if you’re looking for an outside chance, we like Broad to take over 2.5 wickets during the Test at 4/1.

Jonny Bairstow also returns in place of injured all-rounder Sam Curran and is listed to bat at number three (the third different player to do so in the series) with Ben Foakes remaining as wicketkeeper. Bairstow has not featured for England this series and will be hopeful to put in a strong performance in the final Test.

Captain Root

Should this play out as another England victory featuring a key player performance, Joe Root could may well be that player.

With a 50.82 Test batting average, Root is well placed at 5/4 to hit a half century and you can also get Root at an outside chance to record a century at 9/2.




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