10. England have not lost three Tests in an Ashes series since their 5-0 whitewash defeat in 2006/07. A fourth loss in Melbourne is priced at 1.73.
9. Both sides have won three of the past six Ashes fourth Tests. Odds for Australia/England to avoid the draw on the Double Chance are priced as 1.25.
8. In fact, there hasn’t been a draw in the fourth Test of an Ashes series since Adelaide in January 1991, when Graham Gooch hit 117 in the second innings for England. A draw is priced at 3.85.
7. England won by an innings and 157 runs when these sides last met at the MCC in December 2010, one of three victories by an innings during that series. They are 4.50 to win this Test.
6. Andrew Strauss and Alastair Cook put on a 159-run opening partnership for England during that 2010 Test in Melbourne, compared to Australia’s 15 in their first innings. England are 2.60 to be leading after the first innings.
5. Shane Watson scored 103 in his second innings in Perth, his second century against England in his past four Tests. Watson had previously gone 24 Tests without a ton and is 8.50 to finish top batsman.
4. From 47 Ashes Tests played on the MCC since 1882, the batting average stands at 28.81. England’s opening partnership is 1.88 to exceed 28.5 runs.
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2. After Johnson’s 23-wicket haul, Ryan Harris is Australia’s next highest wicket taker with 12. Harris has twice made nine-wicket hauls against England (In Perth 2010 and Chester-le-Street 2013) and is 15.00 to finish top bowler.