Hot conditions set to scorch MCG
After dominating the match for the first 4 days some how Australia almost managed to lose the unlosable at the Gabba. Despite that massive scare though the Aussie's take a 1-0 series lead into the Boxing DayTest where they will look to wrap up the series with a win over Pakistan.
The first Test was a very strange match with Australia dominating from ball one and putting on a very good total of 429, before running through the Pakistan team for just 142 with 7 players dismissed for single figures. Setting up a 490 run chase for the Pakistan team in the 4th innings the game should have been dead and buried but not for some great resolve by the Pakistan middle order and poor bowling at times by the Australian's. You can question Steve Smith's decision not to enforce the follow on, but really a team should never be getting close chasing 490 in a 4th innings. Credit has to go to Pakistan.
Currently the betting for this match with Bet365 sits at
At those odds it is hard to get too enthused about the Aussie's given how much they struggled with the ball in the 4th innings and with 30 degree plus days predicted for the first 4 days of the Test it is going to be extremely hard conditions in the field and especially for the pace bowlers.
It might be worth holding off on bets and waiting to see which team wins the toss (and bats first) because that could be crucial to each team chances. We should see a lot of runs scored under these conditions and the Highest Score Over 128.5 with Sportsbet looks a very decent play.
Expect the spinners to dominate the wickets as well, particularly in the 3rd and 4th innings as the cracks really start to open up with all the hot weather we are going to get.
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