In losing the opening ODI of their five-match series against England, the Aussies were beaten for the first time this summer by the old enemy. However, it is very unlikely the Australian camp will be panicking and they are expected to bounce back, entering the match as $1.60 favourites. That said, the $2.30+ odds currently available on the touring side will tempt plenty given England have now won eight of their last nine one-dayers and have triumphed over the Green & Gold in four of the last five matches between the pair. In any event, plenty of runs are tipped with 600+ coming from the bat in the Melbourne opener.
- When batting second, ENGLAND has won six of their last eight matches
- AUSTRALIA has lost six of their last seven contested ODIs.
- ENGLAND has won six of their last nine ODIs at the Gabba.
- AUSTRALIA last lost to England at this venue in 1999
- 600+ runs were scored the last time these sides met at this venue.
- ENGLAND have lost 11 of their last 13 ODIs in Australia.
Aaron Finch anchored the Aussie innings in Melbourne, crafting a fine century in the process. Although it’s tough to once again look past Steve Smith as Australia’s High Bat at the Gabba, Finch is a tempting proposition at $4. His good form of late has seen him post scores of 107, 2, 43 and 51 across his last four innings (all formats). Should Tim Paine fail to recover from illness, Alex Carey is another well worth considering. The keeper-batsman has been one of the standouts in this year’s BBL and his century against the Hurricanes on Wednesday night showcased his ability to hit the ball to all corners.
For England, Jason Roy will certainly have his supporters after his record-breaking knock in the series opener, however, the unheralded innings of Joe Root in that game showed why he is so tough to back against in this market. In all forms of the game, the right-hand bat has scored 91*, 83, 58*, 61 and 20 across his last five innings, and in ODI’s has lifted his average to 51.53.
High Bat: Joe Root (Eng.)
Wickets: Adil Rashid (Eng.)
Value picks: Cameron White (Aust.) to score 50+
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