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ICC Champions Trophy Cricket Betting 2017 Winner Odds & Predictions

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The start of the ICC Champions Trophy Cricket Betting will bring a lot of excitement from forth because England are going into the tournament as a frontrunner. Not only are they a side in form, but they are hosting the tournament as well which runs from June 1st through to June 18th. So will England be able to live up to the hype or will they be facing extra pressures of being the hosts as well as the favourites, as that is something which can undo even the best sides in the world when they are facing that situation? Of course, there are some serious challenges going to be thrown their way with the likes of Australia, South Africa and India going well, so it is going to be a big couple of weeks for English cricket.

ICC Champions Trophy Cricket Betting Odds

England 11/4, Australia 3/1, South Africa 7/2, India 9/2, New Zealand 9/1, Pakistan 20/1, Sri Lanka 33/1, Bangladesh 50/1

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ICC Champions Trophy Cricket Betting Previews

Group A: England, Australia, New Zealand, Bangladesh Group B: India, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka England The home side goes into the tournament fresh off the back of a ODI series win over the top-ranked side in the world, South Africa. So that’s not a bad way to warm up and Eoin Morgan’s side is going to be running with some confidence. They have good reason too because they have been playing some tremendously consistent cricket for a long time now and there is a great camaraderie within the squad. They will have the boisterous home support on their side though but that can be a double-edged sword because the pressure of playing at home intensifies everything. Look at England rugby’s failed campaign at the 2015 World Cup as hosts. Four years ago England finished as runner-up to India in a shortened match following rain. England lost their nerve when it mattered most, but the current squad looks tougher with a bigger mental fortitude. England are stacked with batting power with the likes of Eoin Morgan, Joe Root, Moeen Ali Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes in there. There is going to be a battle between the struggling Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow for a place in the side. England’s bowling isn’t quite up to their batting power but it’s solid enough. England’s Joe Root is a 10/1 joint second favourite at Boylesports to finish as the Top Tournament Batsman. Australia There is probably no better bowling line up in the ICC Champions Trophy Cricket Betting than what the Austrians can roll out. They have some serious pace and power and with the potential swing from damper pitches, that could make a huge difference, especially against the sub-continent sides who prefer it a little bit drier to bring their spin into play. Australia warmed up with a win over Sri Lanka and then an interesting clash with Pakistan was rained out. The depth in batting perhaps isn’t there as much as England’s is, but their pace attack with the likes of Mitchell Starc and James Pattinson can do some damage to many batting line ups. Vice Captain David Warner is 8/1 joint-favourite at Bet365 to finish as the top batsman for the tournament. They will be a threat on their day. Australia's big clash with their old rivals England comes on June 10th. South Africa What makes South Africa interesting is that they are much better than the form that they showed against England in the recent three-match ODI series. They have batting power in abundance and you just have to look at the top of their order with Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock and AB de Villiers up there. That’s an enviable start to your batting line up. There was something off as a whole from the South African performances against England, maybe just finding their way on the grounds, but they were pitches suited to batting and it’s a surprise that the Proteas didn’t hammer out more runs. Indeed at times, they seemed impatient and just threw away their wickets in some circumstances, as if they were frustrated. Their batting will get them pretty close to the title though, at least, it should. Quinton de Kock is a great 12/1 punt to finish at the top batsman. India You would normally look at India and picture them needing some nice dry tracks for spin. However, with their current balance in the squad, they aren’t going to worry too much what kind of surface they are going to play on because they are very flexible and adaptable. They also have the incentive of going out and defending the title which they won four years ago. You look at key players like captain Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh and MS Dhoni and there is tremendous experience there and as well as bringing fire cracking spin through the likes of Rohit Sharma they are going to be a major threat and at 9/2 with Boylesports in ICC Champions Trophy Cricket Betting they are well worth a punt. They put two big wins on the board over New Zealand and Bangladesh just as a warning sign that they are ready for this. The rest New Zealand even though they no longer have Brendon McCullum, much like Australia will be competitive, but they Black Caps are going to have a rough battle against the Aussies and England in Group A. Sri Lanka are probably going to struggle as well with conditions not particularly in their favour while Pakistan will most be playing off pride more than posing a serious threat of getting their hands on the title.

ICC Champions Trophy Cricket Betting Key Dates

England v Bangladesh - June 1st Australian v New Zealand - June 2nd India v Pakistan - June 4th England v New Zealand - June 6th England v Australia - June 10th India v South Africa - June 11th Semi Finals - June 14th/15th Final - June 18th

ICC Champions Trophy Cricket Betting Prediction

England have to be worth a flutter as the home side, because they look confident and composed at the moment. Their series win over South Africa is a testament to that. But India look such a powerful and well-balanced side at the moment as well that they are likely going to get very close to the title and they are running without the same kind of expectations that England will be because the English have the pressure of being hosts too. If South Africa can perform mentally better than they did in the ODI against England, they have the batting to take it. So this is going to be close all the way, but our tip would be just to go for a full toss on India at 9/2 with Boylesports to defend their title.

ICC Champions Trophy Cricket History

2017 is the eighth edition of the ICC Champions Trophy and seven nations have qualified for each tournament (Australia, England, India, new Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa and Sri Lanka. Of those seven teams, the only two sides not to win it are England and Pakistan. England have been to the final twice (2004, 2013) while Pakistan have yet to make it that far. Australia and India are the only two nations to have won it twice, while New Zealand, South Africa and Sri Lanka have each won it one. West Indies have won it one before as well, but they failed to qualify for the tournament for the first time in its history this go around. Just one host nation has won the tournament before, with Sri Lanka being declared co-champions with India in 2002 after both the initial day of the final and the reserve day were both rained away.

England v South Africa 3rd ODI International – 29th May 2017

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Well, England have the ODI series in the bag after a dramatic win over the Proteas at the Rose Bowl on the weekend. After a relatively comfortable win at Headingly in the first ODI, England were almost pushed to their limit in the second match of the series, with South Africa getting within touching distance of their chase of England’s 330-6 total. South Africa needed just the seven runs off the final over of the match to tie up the series, but some brilliantly composed bowling from Mark Wood gave away just the four runs to give England the dramatic victory and the series. Now they round off the ODI series against South Africa, who are the top-ranked ODI side in the world on Monday and changes have been made to the squad.

England v South Africa Third ODI odds

South Africa 4/5, England even money The hosts have called up Steven Finn, Tony Roland-Jones and Liam Dawson for the third one-day international against Southampton as Moeen Ali, Ben Stokes and Chris Woakes all get rested. There are injury concerns about Stokes ahead of the Champions Trophy, who picked up a knee problem in the first game against South Africa and was limited to just three overs bowled in the second. This Lords clash is the final game before England start up their Champions Trophy challenge on Thursday when they take on Bangladesh. With their series victory over the Proteas on the board in the format, they will go to the Champions Trophy as 11/4 outright favourites at Ladbrokes for the title. But first things first, they are 21/20 underdogs for the Lord's match against South Africa on Monday, and that’s reasonable given that they are likely to take things easy with the series in the bag. England won’t want to risk injury, while on the other side of things, South Africa will be looking for a flourish which will see them regain a bit of confidence and form ahead of the Champions Trophy. Again you have the power trio of AB de Villiers, Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock all at 10/3 in the Ladbrokes Top South African Batsman market with Faf du Plessis at 4/1. England’s batting remains the same apart from Stoke, with Joe Root as 10/3 favourite to top score for them with Alex Hales and Jason Roy at 7/2. With England’s bowling department weakened a little bit though, there is a decent chance the the Proteas will perform. Register an account with online betting site Ladbrokes and earn a free £50 bet as a welcome bonus from them. Just follow our links to get signed up and then after making your initial deposit, place your first stake on the new account and the bookmaker will match the value of it up to the maximum value of a £50 free bet. Just register using the promo code F50 and there is a limit of one free bet per customer.

England v South Africa Second ODI Cricket Betting Preview & Odds 27th May, 2017

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England opened up a 1-0 series lead in their ODI duel with South Africa on Wednesday. England put a decent score up in the match at Headingley, with a top score of 107 from captain Eoin Morgan carrying them to a 339-6 total batting first. With South Africa, the top ODI side in the world and carrying four of the world’s top eleven batsmen in their ranks though, there was always the threat of the tourists putting on a serious chase. The Proteas were looking comfortable early on in their response with Hashim Amla and Du Plessis cracking off half-centuries and they looked well poised at 145-1 at one point. But then tourists pretty much just started giving their wickets away and England’s bowling attack obliged. Going into the series, there were questions about whether or not England’s attack with the ball in hand was strong enough to match up to their batting. But they came through pretty well at Headingley and now with the advantage under their belt they have been cut to a price of 4/5 at Ladbrokes to win the second match up on Saturday in Southampton. South Africa are a quote of even money at Ladbrokes to land the victory. They can, of course, expect something of a fightback from the Proteas in this one, because they do have the batting power to pull themselves back into this Series. So on the road to the Champions Trophy this year, this is another step in England’s progress. Will they be able to hold their nerve if they come under pressure of some stern South African resistance? England’s run of form at the Rose Bowl too may edge something towards the South Africans as well because England have lost five of their last six matches played there. The track will be very batsman-friendly which will play into the pocket of the tourists as much as England. You can take a quote of 4/5 at Ladbrokes on any player scoring a century in the match while you have an abundance of options in the batting markets. Jos Buttler is a tempting 7/1 punt to finish at Top England Batsman for the second ODI while you have Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers and Quinton de Kock at 10/3 joint-favourites to top score for visitors. The latter looks a fantastic punt for the track that he will be playing on. You are likely going to be looking a very strong batting scores in this one and over 300 in the first innings looks more than likely to happen. Will England be able to now, with an advantage on the board, step on the gas and really put their opponents to the sword? If the latter happens, if they are ruthless enough to pull off the win in the second match then their Champions Trophy stock would rise. Register an account with online betting site Ladbrokes and earn a free £50 bet as a welcome bonus from them. Just follow our links to get signed up and then after making your initial deposit, place your first stake on the new account and the bookmaker will match the value of it up to the maximum value of a £50 free bet. Just register using the promo code F50 and there is a limit of one free bet per customer. Ladbrokes run 5-team (or bigger) accumulator insurance as well on selected matches on the Match Betting Market where you will get MONEY BACK as a free bet up to £25 if one team lets you down.

England v South Africa ODI Cricket betting preview and odds – 24th May 2017

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England’s target this year in the ODI cricket scene is to go on the hunt for the Champions Trophy. But first in their build up towards that, they have a big, big ask ahead of them as they play host to the top ODI side in the world at the moment, South Africa. This will really open England’s eyes as to their status and perhaps ability to land this year’s Champions Trophy. England (4/5 for the match win at Coral) have the scoring power of course through Eoin Morgan, Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler who have all been carrying form through the IPL season and throw top-ranked batsman Joe Root in there and you have some powerful hitters. But it is perhaps in the bowling department where England could find themselves struggling against a very good batting line-up that the Proteas have. England’s pace bowlers in the ODI game aren’t always as accurate as they need to be and they will be in danger of being picked off. South Africa are on a seven-series winning streak (two-team series only) and so they are a major, major force. Not only do they have AB De Villiers who is the top-ranked ODI batsman in the world, but also the top bowler in Imran Tahir. The Proteas bring with them four of the top eleven batsmen in the world and that is where they can hurt the hosts. South Africa have a lot of strength in depth through the middle order and will make England toil, and after good victories over Sussex and Northamptonshire, they are a very tempting 11/10 punt at Coral to go and land this first ODI game in the series. There is a lot of batting power through both teams and it is worth looking for both teams to hammer out over 300 runs in their respective innings in what should be a competitive battle at Headingley. This is a three-match series. There are a couple of sound-looking wagers in the batting. Joe Root is a great 10/3 option in the Coral Top England Batsman market, but Ben Stokes is a big 7/1 punt and he was a top scorer at Headingley last year against Pakistan. Naturally, AB de Villiers is going to be heavily backed in the Top South African Batsman market. In the Top Batsman market at Coral, De Villiers is a 7/1 joint-favourite alongside Hashim Amla and Joe Root. Prediction: South Africa are well worth a punt here. They have three of the world’s top seven batsmen going for them in this one and Amla is eleventh in the world. Joe Root is the only English batsman in the current top fifteen and England’s bowlers may just fall short in this match against that kind of batting power. Back the tourists to grab the opening match of the series. Online betting site Coral offers a Bet & Get Club for their customers. Each week from Monday through Thursday, if you make the qualifying stake amount of £25 across any sport in their sportsbook, then on Friday you will claim a free £5 bet back to use that weekend! You can opt into this great promotion each and every week and start amassing those free bets just from your regular betting! The offer is open to new and existing customers. Register an account with online betting site Coral and also enjoy £20 worth of free bets as well from them!

Ladbrokes offer England 11/8 to whiteash West Indies in ODI Series

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After winning their two warm up matches, England go into their ODI opener against West Indies on Friday. This is a three-match series for the tourists, and Eoin Morgan’s tourists are favourites to take the series. They are a long 1/4 odds on price to actually go and win the ODI Series, which doesn’t offer much meat on the bone for punters, so it is over to the Series Correct Score market at Ladbrokes where you can find some better value. England are 11/8 to win the series 3-0 and that’s not a bad offering really, but England are missing players like Alex Hales, David Willey and Reece Topley (plus more) who are all on the sidelines. So the tourists won’t be at their strongest, which is which is why the 3-0 series return is a longer price perhaps than it would have been. A more moderate England 2-1 correct score in the series is running at a price of 5/4 with Ladbrokes. West Indies are 3/1 outsiders to win the series and are as big as 20/1 to make the clean sweep of the tourists over the three games. This is an important build up for England ahead of the ICC Champions Trophy in June and they will want to lay some big groundwork for that, even if it is through some of their back up players. Having quality in depth is never a bad thing. Joe Root and Jason Roy and 5/2 joint favourites to be England’s top run scorer in the series, while Adil Rashid is 3/1 favourite to pick up the most wickets for the tourists. England are 4/11 odds-on favourites to win the opening match of the series on Friday with the hosts at 9/4. Register an account with online betting site Ladbrokes and earn a free £50 bet as welcome bonus from them. Just follow our links to get signed up and then after making your initial deposit, place your first stake on the new account and the bookmaker will match the value of it up to the maximum value of a £50 free bet. Just register using the promo code F50 and there is limit of one free bet per customer.

England v New Zealand ODI Cricket betting odds and preview

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The battle that will ensue for New Zealand v England One Day cricket betting is going to be fascinating. While the tourists are perceived to have all the power and quality, they have struggled to really exert any dominance over the Black Caps in the One Day International format. Therefore, this could be a pretty close series between them. New Zealand v England One Day International cricket betting is just a three match series and while England are shading things as favourite, their record against the Kiwis isn’t so strong that they backed with total confidence, certainly not at the short odds of 2/5 that online bookmaker Sportingbet have pencilled them in as. It may not be as straightforward as that. It is always worth looking back at some history to gauge your betting options and we see that England lost their last ODI series in New Zealand 3-1. That was right back in 2008 though, but also in that same year, England hosted the Black Caps on home soil as well and lost that series 3-1 as well. So do the Kiwis have a slight edge here? Let’s not forget that they are on home soil and there wasn’t much to split the two sides in the short Twenty20 series. The last One Day International match between New Zealand v England was back in 2009 in Johannesburg. The outcome on that day? England were stuffed by a big 4 wicket win for the Kiwis. Just to weigh up the apparent problems that England have had against New Zealand in the one day format, over the last twelve ODI meetings between them, England have only taken two victories. So this means that there could be some value in backing the home side here, especially as online bookmaker Sportingbet have them out as 2/1 favourites. That equals value. England did beat India (out in India) in their most recent ODI series 3-2, and that should give them confidence, despite their indifferent record against the Black Caps. New Zealand though have won just two of their last nine One Day Internationals, but those two wins came in their last three matches. They were also against the powerful South Africans in South Africa. So there is some danger there ahead for England, who have to be cautious, mostly of the New Zealand batting. Overall in the One Day International New Zealand v England head to head, England have won 288 matches against New Zealand’s 277, so nothing much to choose between them. Two of the three grounds that England will be visiting in the three match series, Auckland and Napier, they came away unbeaten from both in their last visits there. New Zealand v England ODI cricket betting could be closer than many may think, and therefore a 2-1 Correct Series Score is viable whichever way you want to split it, either at 8/5 for England or 3/1 for New Zealand. Online bookmaker Sportingbet offer a risk free £50 bet for new customers registering an account as a welcome bonus. The bookie also provides superb live in play betting coverage for all your cricket betting action.

India v England ODI Cricket Betting Odds and Preview

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There is yet more India v England cricket betting coming back as the two nations head into a five match ODI series. England of course famously won the Test Match series and earned themselves a dramatic draw in the two match Twenty20 series out in India. After heading back to Blighty for their Christmas break, the England side have travelled all the way back out to the subcontinent to take on the Indians again. England v India ODI Series Dates: 11 Jan: 1st ODI, Rajkot (d/n) 15 Jan: 2nd ODI, Kochi (d/n) 19 Jan: 3rd ODI, Ranchi (d/n) 23 Jan: 4th ODI, Mohali (d/n) 27 Jan: 5th ODI, Dharamsala However, England’s preparations didn’t get off to a flier, as they were crushed in a warm up by India A. England of course are writing off that result as irrelevant as they were very rusty with the bat, making the Indian bowlers look good. England just didn’t get their shot selection right on the day and could be a warning sign for the stiffer tests to come against the full Indian side. But is it just a bad game that a rusty England side got out of their system? They also didn’t have Alastair Cook in the side, who largely dominated the Indian bowlers in the Test Match series. England have one final warm up match before taking on India in the first international on Friday. India themselves have come under some pressure themselves after losing a recent ODI series 2-1 against rivals Pakistan. They showed some pretty poor form with calls for captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni to be replaced. Batsman Vierender Sehwag though has been dropped from the Indian side for the first ODI against England. England’s bowling attack though is very raw, very inexperienced as Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann and James Anderson will all be missing from the attack. So the focus of the England attack will have to come from Tim Bresnan and Steven Finn. England also have a terrible recent record in ODI matches in India. Following a 3-3 draw back in 2001/02, the two sides met in 2008 and 2011 in ODI series in India. Both series ended in favour of India, whitewashing England 5-0 on both occasions. They are priced at 10/1 with online bookmaker Unibet to repeat that. England v India ODI Series Betting Odds at online bookmaker Unibet India 4/7, England 11/8 England v India ODI Series Correct Score Odds at online bookmaker Unibet India 3-2 at 9/5, England 3-2 at 9/4, India 4-1 at 15/4, England 4-1 at 7/1, India 5-0 at 10/1, England 5-0 at 16/1 Get yourself a risk free £20 bet for India v England cricket betting at online bookmaker Unibet. The bookie offers a risk free £20 bet for new customers, as the first stake on your new account is covered up to the value of £20 should it happen to lose. Unibet provide superb live in running betting coverage through their live betting portal too.

India v England Cricket Betting Odds – ODI Series

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No rest for England’s cricketers as they are back in action, as we take a look at India v England ODI cricket betting. After a total demolition job by England against India on home soil, it is the one day squad which have hit the sub continent to take on India on their home soil. England whitewashed a beleagured India side in the Test Series, before making a 3-0 sweep of the five match ODI series as well (with one match being rained out and another tied after rained out in a confusing D/L method result). Just to rub salt in the India wounds, England also won the one Twenty20 match between them, so it is a fair assumption that England will be pretty confident about their chances of winning the current ODI series in India. Just to show the strength that England have in their side at the moment, Captain Alastair Cook has to seriously consider a place in the side for Jonny Bairstow. The youngster cracked a match winning innings on his England debut in Cardiff against India in the fifth ODI, knocked off a century in England’s second warm up match on the sub-continent, ahead of the ODI series against India. That century came in just 53 balls and Bairstow could well step in to replace a middle order batsman, probably Ian Bell. But England have huge batting potential, with Cook himself, Kevin Pietersen, Jonathan Trott, Craig Kieswetter and the impressive Ravi Bopara sitting in the line up. England do not have a full strength squad in India, as they have left behind Eoin Morgan, Stuart Broad and James Anderson. But this is a great opportunity to again prove a great strength in depth for England, and it seems that whoever they have called upon, has stood up to be counted, and that is the big value of competition for places in a successful side. Naturally the conditions in India will be suited to the home side, and that could make this series a lot closer than the one in England. England won’t see as much bounce as they would expect back at home, because the Indians like their tracks a bit slower, with less bounce. There will of course be the factor of spin as well, which is more effective out in the sub-continent, and England will have to lean a lot on Graeme Swann, and back up spinner Samit Patel. India of course have to rally some kind of response in front of their home support, and that is something which could be a factor as well, momentum. If India get up a head of steam the volume of support from the home fans will create an intimidating atmosphere for the England players. India will be a totally different prospect and you cannot ignore the talent which they have in their side, and transplant them back into conditions in which they are comfortable, they will be just as competitive as England. There will be some big names missing from the India line up of course, with Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh, Zaheer Khan and Munar Patel all noticeable because of their absence. Still, it is a good chance for India as well to rebuild their game, rebuild their confidence, of which, a lot should be gained by taking down a very strong and confident England side. It could easily be argued that India will start as favourites to win the series, and you cannot ignore the factor of the conditions. India are strong at home, have always historically been, because they play with higher bats for extra power on their own tracks, but how quickly will they, or can they, respond to the horror show in England over the summer? The last time England were out in India for ODI series, it was they who were whitewashed, five nil under the captaincy of Kevin Pietersen. England just did not generate the power in their shots then on the slower, flat wickets. They were not adventurous or brave, and clearly not confident. But the current England set up has certainly moved on a long way from there. This is why there is a great chance for England to punish the Indians even further. The India bowling attack does not look very strong at all, and if England don’t go out, trying to knock around simple runs, but instead go big for the ropes, then there is no reason why the batting power of England can’t see them through. They are being led by Cook who has lost only two ODI matches as England captain out of thirteen. The force really is with England, and have steadily improved upon their away performances over the past few years. India v England ODI Stats There have been 35 matches played in India between these two, with England winnings just 13 of them. Since 2000, in 21 meetings between the two nations (in India and neutral venues), England have only won four matches, with a poor batting average of 27 (compared to a batting average of 37 in England). In 18 ODI matches between England and India since 2007, England have won seven and India eight. So pointers are that this should be competitive, but England have a massive opportunity to rewrite the stats with some impressive victories. India v England ODI Series Betting Odds India to win: 8/11 at Victor Chandler England to win: 6/5 at Bet365 India v England Correct Series Score India 3-2: 2/1 at Bet365 England 3-2: 5/2 at Totesport India 4-1: 7/2 at Bet365 England 4-1: 7/1 at SportingBet India 5-0: 14/1 at Bet365 England 5-0: 25/1 at Totesport Top England Batsmen (Series) Jonathan Trott: 10/3 at Bet365 Alastair Cook: 3/1 at Bet365 Kevin Pietersen: 9/2 at Blue Square Craig Kieswetter: 5/1 at SkyBet Ian Bell: 7/1 at Blue Square Ravi Bopara: 10/1 at SkyBet Jonathan Bairstow: 12/1 at Paddy Power Top England Bowler (Series) Graeme Swann: 11/4 at Stan James Tim Bresnan: 7/2 at Bet365 Jade Dernbach: 4/1 at Boylesports Steve Finn: 13/2 at Bet365 India v England ODI Fixtures: October 14th, 17th, 20th, 23rd and 25th.

England second favourites in Betting Odds for Cricket World Cup

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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


Australia v England ODI Cricket Betting Preview, Tips and Odds

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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

Australia to win: 10/11 at SkyBet
England to win: Evens at Bet365

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 to Win: 3/5 at SportingBet
England to Win: 6/4 at Totesport

Australia v England ODI Series Correct Score

Australia 4-3: 2/1 at Bet365
England 4-3: 11/4 at Stan James
Australia 5-2: 11/4 at Paddy Power
England 5-2: 8/1 at Totesport
Australia 6-1: 9/1 at SportingBet