Australia v England ODI Series Betting – Cricket Odds and Preview

Australia underwhelming as odds-on favourites for the ODI series with England

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Don’t make the mistake of directly translating Test form to limited-overs cricket if considering a bet on the upcoming one-day series between Australia and England.

Home advantage does seem to play an increasingly influential part in international cricket nowadays but it’s not as obvious a trait in ODIs as it is in the Test arena. Australia, for example, are general 7/2 favourites for next year’s World Cup in England but that’s just ridiculous! The Aussies may have felt hard done by in last year’s Champions Trophy with two of their three matches producing no result. But England were all over them when the rain intervened, though there will be no Ben Stokes to terrorise the Aussie bowlers in the next few weeks.

That said, I can’t have Australia at a best 2/5 with Marathonbet. As in Test cricket, the hosts’ lower order is vulnerable and England have some very smart and experienced ODI bowlers. Liam Plunkett, David Willey and Mark Wood will all vary pace and line and Australia certainly won’t find it as easy to score runs as they did in the Ashes series. Adil Rashid will find the dry wickets to his liking and so will Moeen Ali, who is very much a confidence player and the type to get on a roll with ball and bat if he starts well.

Despite the continued absence of Stokes, there are some very big hitters among the England ranks including Jason Roy, Alex Hales and captain Eoin Morgan, who scored a quick-fire 81 in his team’s final warm-up game. Jonny Bairstow and Joe Root were two of England’s more consistent batsmen in the Ashes and Jos Buttler is always capable of producing a match-winning innings so I’d rather have a risk the 11/4 about England with Ladbrokes.

Australia have lost Chris Lynn from their ODI squad and have dropped Glenn Maxwell. They’ve surprisingly recalled veteran Cameron White, three years after his last international cap, and that suggests a lack of options for Steve Smith. This is a team that has consistently underperformed over the last 18 months and have only won five of their last 15 completed one-day internationals. They are only ranked equal to a much-improved England by the ICC and they’ll periodically rest their established quick bowlers during the ODIs in readiness for their tour of South Africa, leaving the likes of Andrew Tye and Jhye Richardson to make their debuts in the international arena.

England are 7/2 with Ladbrokes to win the ODI series 3-2.

 


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