The Third Ashes Test at Edgbaston

As England gather their thoughts and work out a recovery strategy after their dire time at Lords, captain Alistair Cook has been talking to the media about how he wants a "fantastic anniversary" in the third test at Edgbaston.

He is referring to the wonderful Ashes series of 2005, and this week sees the tenth anniversary of the second test of that series. Also taking place at Edgbaston, it was a nail biting thriller which saw the England team ultimately victorious by just two runs. A repeat of that, as tense as it was, would probably help to settle some nerves in the England camp, where a spot of self belief would do wonders in the current Ashes campaign.

Edgbaston has been fruitful ground for England in recent years too - they have lost just one of their last ten test matches there, winning six and drawing the others. Making the most of the pitch and the always appreciative crowd to go 2-1 up would be a great step towards taking control of this series.

Despite the travails of the last test, we think England can bounce back in Birmingham. The best place to back that is at SkyBet, who are offering 100/30.

England have made several changes to their team since the last test, most notably bringing in Yorkshire batsman Jonny Bairstow as the number five, after Gary Ballance was dropped following the second test. Hopefully this will help to shore up a team who have found themselves three wickets down far too soon more often than they would like in recent years.

Bairstow is a quality batsman, but it remains to be seen if the amended England team can shore itself up. Australia looked supreme in the last test, unflustered and unconcerned as England tried and failed to bowl them out. The Aussie bowlers also ruled the roost, finding swerve and pace on the pitch where England's attack struggled.

A replication of that performance this time round would leave Australia almost certainly winners of this test and in a very strong position in the series. It's  a strong possibility, and we think it may well be worth picking up. The best place to back the visitors to win is at StanJames, who are offering a market leading 20/21.

Finally, for a longer odds bet, we're looking at the highest England run scorer.

Ian Bell has been under pressure of late, with his test performances not up to his historic standards. We think moving him to third in the batting might be the jolt that provokes him back to his best. It's taking a chance, but he's worth picking up as highest England run scorer in the First Innings at a tempting 6/1 over at BoyleSports.

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