Against all odds following the Ashes, England have won three straight ODI’s against Australia and wrapped up the series with two games to spare. The Aussies on the other hand look a shadow of their former selves with many wondering whether the white Kookaburra houses kryptonite. That said, had Steve Smith’s team capitalised on their strong position midway through their chase in Sydney, things could be very different. Whether they’ll be able to prevent a series clean sweep now remains to be seen, but with the enigmatic Glenn Maxwell being drafted into the squad for an injured Aaron Finch, there’s plenty interested in the juicy $1.80 odds on the Australians to win.
3 KEY POINTS
- ENGLAND has won 10 of their last 11 ODI matches
- AUSTRALIA has lost eight of their last nine contested ODIs.
- ENGLAND have won four of their last five against Australia
- AUSTRALIA has won five of their seven ODIs against England at the Adelaide Oval.
- A total of 300 has never been reached in matches between Australia and England at the Adelaide Oval.
Glenn Maxwell banked his 6th total of 25+ in this season’s Big Bash on Monday night, earning him a recall to the national set-up. The all-rounder is making light of opposition attacks with his unconventional strokeplay and should he be given the opportunity in the canary yellow, he could be the antidote to England’s ability to peg down the Aussies during the later stages of the innings. In another boost for Maxwell, he is a proven performer against the old enemy, averaging 41.16 at a strike-rate of 109.77 in his 13 matches against them.
For England, Joe Root once again shapes as the key wicket, but the attractive $7 odds on Jos Buttler and Eoin Morgan are well worth considering. Buttler enters this off an impressive century in Sydney whilst Morgan appears to be building up to a big score with totals of 41, 21, 0 and 81* so far this tour.
High Bat: Joe Root (Eng.)
Wickets: Josh Hazlewood (Aust.)
Value picks: Eoin Morgan (Aust.) to score 50+