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While England are set to battle it out with Australia over a seven match ODI series down under, there is a bigger picture to all of this. England are looking to build upon the success of a successful Ashes campaign on Australian soil, and build some momentum in the one day game. There is the matter of the World Cup coming up in February, which takes place across India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, and England will be brimming with optimism ahead of that. That is why there is an added importance to the series against Australia, who are the topped ranked one day team in the world. England have already announced their squad for the tournament, and the biggest surprise really is that Matt Prior has been called in as opener. The wicket keeper has been penciled in as Andrew Strauss’s partner at the top of the order, something which has been tried before. What is a little surprising really, is that Prior was left out of the one day squad for the matches against Australia, and so he has headed off to join them, as the selectors have put faith in them. His promotion comes at the expense of Steven Davies who has been the one day rear guard behind the stumps as well as opener. It has been almost a year since Prior has been in the one day international team. To be honest, which is what cricket punters need to look at, is that neither Davies nor Prior really look as if they are great solutions for England as ODI openers. It is a little surprise that no-one else has been able to stake a claim at the top of the order, and that the England selectors really are taking a big risk here. Chris Tremlett is the only other player on the current touring squad, to miss out on a place at the 2011 Cricket World Cup.
Prior did have a good Ashes series, putting in some impressive knocks, but having been moved around the ODI batting order before, he really has only modest averages at best. There was the option of using Eoin Morgan as wicketkeeper and drafting in another specialist batsman, but the England selectors went the other way. Luke Wright’s inclusion has raised a few eyebrows as well, as he hasn’t quite lived up to the top all rounder billing that was expected from him when first drafted into the international set up. In the bowling department, Stuart Broad, who missed most of the Ashes because of injury, has been named in the squad as he is expected to be fully fit again for the World Cup, and James Tredwell has been drafted in as England will take three spinners with them. First choice spinner Graeme Swann will go to the World Cup, even though he has picked up a bruised knee which is keeping him out of action for a couple of weeks. The addition of three spinners in the one day squad, is simply a tactical move, with spin being expected to play a big part in the conditions out in the sub-continent. It means though that England will only have four recognized seam bowlers for the tournament, Broad, James Anderson, Tim Bresnan and Ajmal Shahzad.
England haven’t won the World Cup yet, and must be in with one of their best chances now. They have been in the final twice before, losing to Australia in 1987 and against Pakistan in 1992. Even though the Australians have not been in the greatest of form, they have won the last three tournaments, and somehow they always turn into a different side where there is a gold trophy being dangled in front of them. They are worth a bet, simply because they are not in great shape at the moment, are stretched out a little bit in the betting odds. They are generally dangerous once the tournament starts, no matter what has gone on in the build up. But, they are not the favourites to win the competition, and that is because of India. Naturally being out there on their home turf, they are going to find the conditions extremely favorable. They are also a strong side, with good variety in their bowling and very strong and exciting batting line up. In many ways they will be the ones to beat, but more often than not, India simply do not perform when it comes to the big moment. They have gone in as tournament favourites before and have simply not lived up to expectation when the big event itself has rolled around. They have won the World Cup once before, back in 1983, and the fans will be hoping that the long wait will come to and end.
England are in a fairly tough group along with India and South Africa, but with four teams progressing through from the group stage, England really should be in the knockouts. England open their tournament on February 22nd against the Netherlands, and also face the West Indies, Ireland and Bangladesh in Group B. Browsing around the bookmakers, England are second favourites at the moment, and that is because of the strong 2010 they had, not losing a ODI series since 2009 (against the Aussies). So, can England fulfill some of their potential? They did it unexpectedly when they won the Twenty20 World Cup last year, and this would put a huge mark on their standing in world cricket. For too long they have been languishing in the lower regions of the ODI rankings, but maybe they can turn it around. They have a strong chance, and simply because of the price which they are at, they do represent some good value.
2011 Cricket World Cup Outright Odds
India: 7/2 at Paddy Power
England: 5/1 at Bet365
Sri Lanka: 5/1 at Totesport
South Africa: 11/2 at SkyBet
Australia: 6/1 at SportingBet
Pakistan: 10/1 at Unibet
New Zealand: 20/1 at Bet365
West Indies: 25/1 at Unibet
Bangladesh: 51/1 at Boylesports
England's World Cup squad: Andrew Strauss (capt), James Anderson, Ian Bell, Tim Bresnan, Stuart Broad, Paul Collingwood, Eoin Morgan, Kevin Pietersen, Matt Prior (wk), Ajmal Shahzad, Graeme Swann, James Tredwell, Jonathan Trott, Luke Wright, Michael Yardy
England’s cricketers have come back to down to earth in the past couple of matches, after the euphoric high of their 3-1 series victory in the Ashes against Australia. After a thrilling win in the first of two Twenty20 matches against the hosts, England lost the second encounter, ending their unbeaten streak. Prior to that defeat, England had set a world record of consecutive Twenty20 wins. Now the One Day International series is in swing, and a century knock by Australia’s Shane Watson, was enough to see off England’s first innings total. That was the first of seven ODI matches between Australia and England, and while the victory in the first match will have given the Aussies a hope of winning something, they are really struggling to hold on to their number one ODI ranking status. The ODI’s may not have as much importance as the Test Matches of course, but they do offer some great entertainment, and more than that, there are bigger fish to fry this year, which these matches will prepare both sides for. In the not too distant future, England and Australia will be heading to the World Cup, which starts on February 19th, so while both sides will want victories and to build momentum, there may be one eye on that World Cup. England are currently second favourites to win the Cricket World Cup priced at 5/1 with Bet365, and that has to be worth a dabble.
Australia started the ODI series against England as favourites, and while that may be a surprise to many, especially English fans, they are still a major threat in that format of the game. Certainly their 2010 wasn’t covered in glory, but they are still the number one ranked team in the world. England? Well they are the fifth ranked team, even though their form in the ODI format has been much better than that of Australia, and England have won all five of their last ODI series. That is some impressive form, and with good knocks from Andrew Strauss and Kevin Pietersen, England could not hold on to their total of 249, and the Aussies took the win with the first ball in the 50th over. So, it was a close contest, but opener Watson’s knock of 161 was the highlight of the match. There was no James Anderson in the England bowling attack, and of course are without the injured Stuart Broad. The England attack led by Tim Bresnan and Chris Tremlett, really never made enough of an impact, and even Graeme Swann was largely ineffective, although he was economical. Swann will now be out of action for a couple of weeks with an injury. While this is a long run of games for both Australia and England, especially with the World Cup in mind, the conditions in Australia are completely different to what the tracks will be out in India and Sri Lanka in February. But there is a good contest for places in the England world cup squad now, and it should be an exciting proposition to see them in action, to see if they can back up their Twenty20 victory in beating the world last year. There is a genuine call for a top all rounder in the squad, something they are lacking.
Australia v England 2nd ODI Match Odds
As for the ODI International series against Australia, you may see players being shuffled around, as the England selectors get a look at some of the players who are knocking on the door of a World Cup spot. Will this make England more competitive on the pitch, enough so to take down Australia? Well, there is the general consensus that Australia will be wagging their tail here. The pressure of winning back the Ashes has gone, and having to perform on the Test stage, with all the problems surrounding their selection and captain Ricky Ponting, so they have a chance to cut lose. They are not in great form, especially with the bat, but there is a big opportunity here for them, and they should be backed to take it. They are the home side naturally, who will be perfectly suited to their own conditions. The fast bouncy pitches play into their hands, and if they can find their aggressive swagger again, then they will be OK. There really shouldn’t be too much to chose between them, and while England are brimming with confidence, and have some players in great form, but the Aussies have to give their home fans something to cheer about. Beating England in the ODI series, even though it is really long and enduring will be the perfect tonic for them. The wounded beast is well worth a punt, and remember their 6-1 hammering of England in the ODI following the Ashes in 2009.
Next Three ODI Dates….
January 21st, 2nd ODI, Hobart
January 23rd, 3rd ODI, Sydney
January 26th, 4th ODI, Adelaide
Australia v England ODI Series Outright Winner
Australia v England ODI Series Correct Score
England take on Pakistan in the fourth ODI of the series on Monday, amid more rumours of spot fixing directed at the tourists, after they snatched victory in the third match. England now hold a 2-1 lead over Pakistan in the series, as they suffered a batting collapse which let Pakistan grab an unlikely win. England were chasing down a very modest total of 242 and after some wobbles from the top of the order, Eoin Morgan looked to be steering England to a victory, with the hosts needing just 41 with ten overs left to spare. However, Pakistan pace bowler Umar Gul found some remarkable inspiration for his country, as he skittled out England’s remaining defence with 4-6 in just three overs to wipe out England’s chance of taking an unassailable three nil lead in the series. Morgan was top scorer for England with 61 and his was the key wicket to fall, as he had steadied the ship along with Luke Wright and seemed to have done more than enough to get England comfortably to the finish line. It wasn’t to be however, as a devastating bowling spell from Gul ripped victory away from England. It now sets up an interesting fourth encounter, and all parties involved are keen to see the series play out to a conclusion, despite the new rumours of fixing, which were reported when certain scoring patterns were noticed.
England have recalled the fit again Ian Bell to the one day squad, and he showed some good form for Warwickshire on the weekend as he cracked off a century. Bell will be an important part of the Ashes Tour, the next focus for England after the Pakistan series has been completed. The Ashes Tour starts in November, and if Bell gets thrown straight back into International duty, which will probably be at the expense of Ravi Bopara, it will help him get settled into his role again. A Bell for Bopara swap will probably be the only change to the side which takes to the field at Lords on Monday, starting a 1.30pm. While the chance of a clean sweep has gone, England are still strong favourites in betting to grab the series. As shown in the third match, it really has taken something special and remarkable from Pakistan to snatch a victory, and this now will be a good test for England, ensuring that they are not complacent and reminding them that they need to work hard for victories. For the individual match betting, England will remain as favourites as well, simply because they are much stronger in their home conditions. Likewise they are still worth backing for a good series win, because if they take the fourth ODI, then Pakistan probably won’t have a lot of fight left for the last one. After all of the allegations on the tour this summer, Pakistan have shown a little more competitiveness, but England really have the edge over them.
England v Pakistan 4th ODI
England to win: 4/9 at Bet365
Pakistan to win: 9/5 at SportingBet
England v Pakistan ODI Series Outright Score
England 4-1: Evens at 888Sport
England 3-2: 11/1 at Blue Square
Pakistan 3-2: 6/1 at Bet365
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England step back into action on Friday in the third ODI cricket match against Pakistan. The hosts are leading the five match series by a comfortable 2-0 scoreline, after a century from captain Andrew Strauss helped England home in a more competitive second match. Pakistan looked a bit more lively in the second ODI, but still England had plenty enough in the tank to keep on track for a series whitewash. Strauss lasted until the 45th over when he fell on a wonderful 123, and it was his partnership with number three Jonathan Trott which really got England to their target of 295. What was nice to see from an England perspective was that all eight batsmen who were called upon made some contribution to the tally, with each of them making it into double figures. Being set a challenging target by Pakistan, who came out in more of a fighting mood, England set about their task with a sense of professionalism which seems to have pushed their short format game along very well over the last twelve months. So big has the improvement been for England, that they are actually second in the ODI rankings now, behind Australia, which looked unthinkable a couple of years ago.
There is more of a freedom with which England are playing at the moment, and they don’t looked scared or hesitant to go after shots. This is credit to the selectors and the players who have been called upon. As with any sport, a winning team can always look to improve themselves, and uncharacteristically, England were pretty poor out in the field in the second ODI. One of the visible benchmarks of England’s growth as a force in one day cricket has been their great fielding. It could have been a factor which cost them the second ODI were it not for an impressive run chase, and it is something which they will have to work at, and highlights just how dangerous a pitfall complacency can be. They won’t be let off so easily when they head down under for the Ashes tour. Thankfully England’s bowlers are continuing to shine in the home conditions, with Jimmy Anderson and Graeme Swann again putting in great shifts. So what next from a cricket betting perspective on this series? Because it will be a major shock if Pakistan win the last three ODI’s it is a safe bet for England to win the series, the only question is by how many?
England v Pakistan ODI series betting is leaning firmly towards the possibility of England making a complete clean sweep of things. Ladbrokes are pushing the best price on a 5-0 series victory for England at a price of 11/10. Probably one of the most popular score lines to take in your cricket betting is England 4-1 which is best priced at 13/8 at Stan James. If you think we are about to see some kind of resistance from the tourists, then an England 3-2 series win can be taken for 6/1 at SportingBet. For the optimists who like their sports bets long, then Pakistan to win 3-2 is out at 33/1 which sums up the reality of that actually happening. So while betting on England to win the series outright is not going to bring you any rewards at this point (hence the necessity to always get your outright bets down as early as possible), there are still plenty of options to make the most of your cricket betting on England. England are 2/5 at 888Sport to win the third ODI, while Pakistan are 5/2 at BetFred to gain their first win of the series. After those options, you can start delving a little deeper into the submarkets. There have been some impressive batting performances from England over the summer, and confidence and form plays a big part in England Top Batsman bets. Andrew Strauss is favourite at 4/6 with ExtraBet to top score in the third ODI, with Jonathan Trott 7/2 at Ladbrokes. But don’t discount the efforts of Steven Davies who is 5/1 at Ladbrokes and Eoin Morgan 33/1 at William Hill who is due another big knock. Plenty of options to go with.
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England pick up their dreams of a One Day International cricket series clean sweep against Pakistan, and cricket betting reflects the great chance they have, as the second of the five matches takes place at Headingly on Sunday. England dispatched Pakistan in the first ODI at Durham in a shortened match because of rain, after being put into bat first after losing the toss. A wonderful contribution with the bat from Steven Davies, who hit 87, backed up by Jonathan Trott’s 69, steered England to a fairly comfortable victory. Another fine bowling performance from England, then helped restrict the Pakistan batting attack after setting the visitors a target of 275 to win. After all their troubles off the field, the tourists are rapidly looking as if they can’t wait for the tour to be over. Just to put things into perspective, England are in no way shape or form a great, world beating side. They are good, but just not that good, and even then Pakistan can’t raise their game to really threaten much of a challenge to the hosts. Just one test victory against England on the tour so far, is all they have to shout about, and after this first display in the ODI series, there could be a great chance for England to finish on a real high here, ahead of their winter tour to Australia to contest the Ashes.
For cricket betting, Pakistan simply don’t have the tools needed to really compete here, especially in the English conditions. There is talent in the team, but collectively they look to be all over the place. They haven’t helped themselves at times with poor fielding, and lackluster batting, and while they did something to redress those problems in the first ODI, they still fell some way short of being competitive. The more defeats come, the more their confidence will wane. The Pakistan side has been weakened because of all of their troubles, and they are still not there as a team just yet. While that should bring some stability to your cricket betting and the outcome of this ODI series, it should also continue to bring more cheer to English cricket fans. What it will also do for cricket betting, is alter the Ashes betting, even though England should be clear second favourites for that one. The more they win here against Pakistan, the shorter their odds may get for the defence of the Ashes. But, back to business here, for the ODI series, it will be worth looking at England for pulling off a strong series victory against Pakistan. England are still constantly showing signs of improvement in the shortened format, and the biggest developments will come from the batsmen. That is because there is a competition for places, and that means that should work to the advantage of England.
2nd ODI ,Sunday, September 2010
3rd ODI, Friday, September 17
4th ODI, Monday, September 20
5th ODI, Wednesday, September 22
Second ODI Outright Betting Odds
England to win: 3/10 at Bet365
Pakistan: 5/2 at SkyBet
England v Pakistan ODI Series Betting
England: 1/10 at Totesport
Pakistan: 23/1 at BetFair
England v Pakistan ODI Series Correct Score Betting
England 5-0: 13/8 at SkyBet
England 4-1: 7/4 at Paddy Power
England 3-2: 4/1 at Ladbrokes
England rest Pietersen and Swann but remain strong in betting
England look to continue their fine form as they start their one day international series against Bangladesh. After taking the world by storm in winning the ICC Twenty20 World Cup, England then backed up their success by beating Australia 3-2 in their ODI series recently. England stretched out to a 3-0 lead over their old rivals from Down Under, before being pegged back. That victory gave England a record of 4 wins out of 6 one day matches this year, a marked improvement in their game. England’s batting in the short forms of the game have come on leaps and bounds, ever since the selectors were brave enough to shake up the team and kick out some of the old guard. In have come some exciting players which has injected some new life into the England cricket scene. The next challenge for Andrew Strauss and his men, in this busy year which will culminate in taking on Australia for the Ashes at the end of the year, is to keep all levels of concentration high against Bangladesh.
Bangladesh have never beaten England at any form of the game, and this should be an ideal opportunity for the home side to make another clean sweep. England can afford to show no complacency at Trent Bridge on Thursday, if they are really going to push forward and develop into a ruthless world beating team. This is more of a test of mental ability over technical, as in the latter department, England should win hands down. The only questions about whether England will win this or not, will be if England can stick to their task and not be over-confident, and how potent Bangladesh star Tamim Iqbal performs with the bat. England beat Bangladesh 2-0 in a Test series at the start of the summer, but out in Bangladesh, despite making a clean sweep in the one day series, England found the going tougher than expected. They were strong enough to win the matches, but they were made to work a lot harder for the victories than they would have thought.
Bangladesh have changed their captain, with Mashrafe Mortaza stepping up to take charge of the national side. Batsman Tamim Iqbal is regarded as being the biggest of threats to England, as his fine form with the bat shows a lot of promise in being able to attack the England bowlers. But the conditions should suit England a lot better back in the UK, which should give them an extra edge over their superior quality already. Bangladesh are much more of a threat in the shorter formats of the game than they are in the Test matches, and that is because they can get quite inventive with their shots. Bangladesh will try and utilise their variety of spin, but they should not have as much penetration as the English bowlers, certainly not under conditions which will suit seamers. But Nottingham should be pretty dry, even under floodlights, and it should certainly favour the batters, which could see England run up a big score.
Although England have been enjoying a lot of success, their team in the ODI is far from being settled enough to consistently be at the top. England coach Andy Flower is resting Graeme Swann and Kevin Pietersen, who have been two of England’s main performers, along with Eoin Morgan who was named man of the series against Australia. Luke Wright’s position should be under threat as he did not make any great real contribution to the cause against England, while they will probably stick with him and give him the chance to rebuild some confidence and form. With Swann rested, James Tredwell will be a lone spinner, and Michael Yardy will likely prop up the batting at number six. The exciting Craig Kieswetter could also do with a very good knock to re-establish his worth in the squad.
Bangladesh: LLLLL (have lost their last 13 ODI matches)
England (probable team): Andrew Strauss (capt), Craig Kieswetter (wk), Ian Bell, Paul Collingwood, Eoin Morgan, Michael Yardy, Luke Wright, Tim Bresnan, James Tredwell, Stuart Broad, James Anderson
England to win - 1/8 at Totesport
Bangladesh to win - 6/1 at SkyBet
Top Bangladesh Batsman: Tamim Iqbal: 3/1 at Ladbrokes - A genuine world talent.
Top England Batsman: Ian Bell: 5/1 at Bet365 - Ian Bell has made changes to his game in order to affirm himself as a one day player, and coming back into the side after missing out against the Aussies, should mean that he is very hungry if he comes in at number three. Great form for the Lions, and every chance he can back it up against Bangladesh.
England head into the second of three one day internationals against Bangladesh, with their unbeaten record still in tact. Bangladesh fired themselves into a strong position at the start of the first ODI, with a thrashing 125 from opener Tamim Iqbal. It was a feisty start, which looked as if England might be under the cosh a bit, but once the England bowlers improved around the 10 over mark, there looked to be only one winner. Needing a target of 229 to win, Bangladesh’s bowlers never really put the England batsmen under enough pressure.
Stand in captain Alastair Cook, with Andrew Strauss resting back home, hit another fine knock. He scored regularly to reach 64 from 68 balls, and the experience of Paul Collingwood guided the England crew home with a fine 75 off 100 balls. New boy Craig Kieswetter hit a rapid 19 off 26, before being stumped. Kieswetter’s inclusion came at the expense of Joe Denly after all, and not fellow wicketkeeper Matt Prior.
There may well have been calls, and justifiable ones to include two spinners in the attack, with James Tredwell awaiting his chance at full international level. But only front line spinner Graham Swann was selected, and enjoyed the conditions in the sub-continent, taking 3-32. England used a total of seven bowlers, which may highlight the fact that there is room for improvement, especially in the front line pace attack. Still, England look strong and will have to face some more spin in the second ODI on Tuesday.
Second One Day International
England to win: 3/6 at Bwin
Bangladesh to win: 5/1 at BetFred
England to win: 1/66 at Totesport
Bangladesh to win: 20/1 at Bet365