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Ashes Betting: England favourites for the series ahead of crucial Fourth Test

England cricketer Ben Stokes celebrates at Headingley
Momentum is with England following Ben Stokes' heroics
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After the extraordinary events at Headingley, England must now focus on winning the fourth Ashes Test which begins at Old Trafford on Wednesday. Max Liu has all the latest odds and news...

"Archer is key to England's hopes of winning the series and, if he hits his stride at Old Trafford, could make a mockery of his odds of [4.6] to be the top series wicket taker."

The manner in which England won the third Test of this Ashes series at Headingley ten days ago will be remembered forever. Ben Stokes played one of the greatest innings to seal one of the most dramatic victories and the momentum is well and truly with the hosts, who are [2.64] favourites to win the series ahead of the start of the fourth Test on Wednesday.

England are [2.54] to win the fourth Test, with Australia [2.8] and the draw [3.95]. But Stokes' heroics shouldn't distract them from the fact there are still areas where England must improve if they're to reward their backers.

Denly to open as Roy drops to four

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To address problems with the batting, Joe Denly will swap places with Jason Roy, moving up the order to open with Rory Burns, as Roy drops to number four.

Roy, who was integral to England winning the ICC World Cup in July, has struggled in this Test series, scoring on 57 runs in his six innings. His highest score so far is 28.

Denly made an important half-century in England's second innings of the third Test at Headingley and it's hoped that will stand him in good stead against the Aussies at Old Trafford.

Overton called up after Anderson ruled out

England's leading test wicket-taker James Anderson was ruled out of the series through injury on Friday. Jofra Archer came into the side for the second Test and impressed, taking five wickets on his debut and following that with 6-45 in the first innings at Headingley.

Archer is key to England's hopes of winning the series and, if he hits his stride at Old Trafford, could make a mockery of his odds of [4.6] to be the top series wicket taker. With fellow fast bowler Mark Wood also ruled out for the rest of the season through injury, though, England need cover and Somerset pacer Craig Overton has been added to the 13-man squad for the fourth test.

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