Rob Handley has two picks for the series and first ODI markets.
Bangladesh v England First ODI, Friday 9:00am Sky Sports 2
An excellent summer of white ball cricket has concluded for England as they travel to Bangladesh in a much talked about series. The off field issues surrounding security have been the talk of this series and has consequently seen skipper Eoin Morgan and Alex Hales declare themselves unavailable for the tour. For the ODI’s at least, Ben Duckett is likely to open the batting who looks to be developing into a world class operator and genuine contender for Hales’ opening spot.
A captains role must never be under estimated, especially one who has led their nation into a new era in the shorter former of the game. Whilst his form is indifferent, Morgan’s presence and dynamism as a captain will be missed. Jos Buttler is untested as a captain, though we have heard on several occasions he is a well-respected and popular member of the dressing room who arguably, is the most talented batsmen we have, so wining the backing of his team mates shouldn’t be an issue.
As you scan down both teams on paper, you can’t ignore the strength in depth in all departments England have comparatively to the hosts. Couple this with a recent series win in the equally as difficult UAE and a price of 2/5 for England to win the series looks a banker. I wouldn’t discount the home side completely, so a 2 -1 England series win is the bet for me at 15/8.
The first game should be an interesting encounter and I hope England stick with their principles by giving youth a chance. You expect spin to play a massive part in all the games in Bangladesh and the hosts do possess a top quality spinner in Al Hasan. His track record against all the larger sides is impressive and goes at 4.29 per over in ODIs, making him my pick to top the Bangladesh bowling in the first ODI.
For those looking for something with a bit more value, Sam Billings to top the England batting Sam Billings to top the England batting is as long as 10/1, which is certainly worth a smaller investment at that price. The Kent youngster has bags of IPL experience for his age and is known for his innovation at the crease, which gives him every opportunity to succeed in sub continental conditions.