the Aussies won the 4th ODI in Adelaide, it is highly doubtful whether their brains trust will be particularly happy. At the start of the match, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins had the poms on the ropes at 5-8. However, England ended their innings with a total of 196 thanks largely to some lower-order heroics from Chris Woakes. Steve Smith’s side then made hard work of the chase, losing seven wickets. In that respect, there aren’t too many showing much confidence in the Aussies wrapping up a comprehensive victory in the final game of the series at the new Perth Stadium. Instead, many appear to be backing another arm-wrestle or even the touring side at very juicy $2.20 odds.
- ENGLAND has won 10 of their past 12 ODI matches
- AUSTRALIA has lost eight of their last 10 contested ODIs.
- AUSTRALIA has won three of their last four against England in the city of Perth (Please note: This match will be the first-ever match at Optus Stadium. All matches above were played at the WACA)
- ENGLAND have won four of their last five against Australia
Travis Head anchored the Aussie run chase in Adelaide, recording 96 from 107 balls. It was the highly-regarded South Australian’s third half-century in five innings (all competitions) and 7th in 33 ODIs. Expected to once again feature in the side, the juicy $4.50 odds on him to put in a repeat performance should be considered. Equally, Steve Smith is out beyond $4 which could well be the bet of the day. Although the Aussie skipper has been below his best in the ODI series, it’s hard to ignore the claims of someone that scored three centuries during the recent Ashes. For the Tourists, Joe Root is tough to look past, but Jos Buttler at attractive $9 odds is sure to turn heads given his impressive century in Sydney two games back.
High Bat: Steve Smith (Aust.)
Wickets: Josh Hazlewood (Aust.)
Value picks: Jonny Bairstow (Eng.) to score 50+