The Aussies haven’t lost to England all summer and they’ll be keen to keep that record in tact when the five-match ODI series between the countries starts today in Melbourne. Conversely, England will be going all out to rescue some pride and maintain their good form in the 50-over format of the game which has seen them win seven of their last eight games. After their dominant performance in the Ashes, the Aussies understandably start overwhelming favourites, however, the value on the poms cannot be ignored, especially as they have beaten the Aussies in three of the last four ODIs between the teams.
- AUSTRALIA has won seven of their last eight ODIs against England at the MCG.
- THE MCG was the only venue that England didn’t lose at in this year’s Ashes.
- OVER 540 runs have been scored in two of the last three ODIs at this venue.
- ENGLAND have lost 11 of their last 12 ODIs in Australia.
- AUSTRALIA’s most recent loss to England at the MCG was in 2007
- AUSTRALIA has lost five of their last six contested ODIs.
After dominating the English attack in the Ashes, it’s impossible to ignore the claims of Steve Smith for the Aussies. However, if you’re willing to cast your eye further, there are plenty of great value options available, including Travis Head ($6.50) and Mitchell Marsh ($8.00). The latter has enjoyed a spectacular summer, banking scores of 101, 9, 29*, 181, 43, 38*, 141, 11, 95 and 28 across his last six matches. Although the all-rounder generally bats deep, he is still worth considering given he may be the man the Aussies turn to for some late-innings hitting.
For England, Joe Root will certainly have his supporters after scoring 50+ runs in each of his last three innings of the Ashes, however Eoin Morgan may be the man to back here. The England captain scored an impressive 81* in his team’s one-day warm up match against the CA XI and knows Australian conditions well through his playing time at the Sydney Thunder.
High Bat: David Warner (Aust.)
Wickets: Mitchell Starc (Aust.)
Value picks: Cameron White (Aust.) to score 50+
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