Smith and Root Could Prove Pivotal for Punters as well as their Sides in the Third Ashes Test

Australia’s Steve Smith and England's Joe Root could be key players for their respective sides in the Third Ashes Test; while they may also prove pivotal for punters who back them to top score with Ladbrokes.

Onto Edgbaston we go with the Ashes all level at 1 win a piece. England embarrassed Australia in the Opener but the visitors bounced back, pummelling the Poms at the home of Cricket. Australia’s awesome performance at Lords means they’re under even money favourites to win the third Test which begins on Wednesday! The Aussies are $1.80 with Ladbrokes, England are outsiders at $4.25 while the price for a draw is $3.65.

Offer on the Third Test

Ladbrokes have a special on the next Test which punters can jump on whether you’re Australia or English. Ladbrokes have nominated a player from either team to top score for his nation and for his side to win and the bookmaker have boosted the price on both options. So what does this mean? Well it means you can back Steve Smith to be Australia’s highest scorer in the first innings and for the Aussies to win the Test at a juicy price of $7. Or you can back Joe Root to be England’s topscorer in the opening innings and for the home team to win at a massive $15.

Root and Smith are the Stars so far

Both of the scenarios above have already happened in the series! Root’s terrific ton on the opening day of the Ashes helped set up England’s 169 win in Cardiff while Steve Smiths dazzling double century in the Second Test inspired Australia’s monstrous 405 run victory. Both man are by far the best batsmen for their respective sides, Smith’s averaging 84 in the series, while Root’s average is just above 50.

It’s no surprise then that Root and Smith have a Man of the Match award each after the first 2 Tests and they’re the top 2 in betting to pick up another. Smith at $10 is the favourite while Root’s a buck more. Alongside Joe at $11 is his best mate David Warner. England’s skipper Alastair Cook is next in betting at $13 while Australia’s Captain Michael Clarke is at $17.

Ladbrokes have more than 55 markets available on the Third Test so why not wager with the bookmaker and see how you go! Whether you back a bowler to have a blinder, a batsman to bag plenty of runs or just a simple bet on the result; good luck with your punting and let’s hope you’re a winner.