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First ODI: Australia v England: Preview, Best Bets & Odds

Fri, Jan 12, 1:23pm by Staff Writer

Australia vs England 1st ODI Preview

Date and Time: Sunday January 14, 2:20PM AEDT

Venue: MCG, Melbourne

TV: Channel Nine

The Ashes may be over but the Poms aren’t heading home just yet as we move from the five test series to a series of five one day internationals, red ball to white ball and whites to coloured clothes.

Whilst Australia may recorded a 4-0 Ashes victory, England will enter the ODI series with a new captain, many new faces and a formidable record in one day cricket over the past year.

These new faces include captain Eoin Morgan, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid and Big Bash stars Jos Buttler and David Willey.

However, star all-rounder Ben Stokes will not be a part of the squad, due to the ongoing investigation of his street violence incident in Bristol, England last September and is replaced by Dawid Malan.

Australia will head into the one day leg of the summer buoyed by their Ashes performance and will be keen to extend England’s winless tour to date.

With world No. 3 ODI batsman David Warner leading the batting line up and deadly pace duo Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood sharing the new ball, beating the reigning world champions at home will be no easy feat for the English.

The one day series kicks off this Sunday at the Melbourne Cricket Ground which coincidently saw the two sides kick off the 2015 World Cup. That game saw the Aussies win by 111 runs, 9/342 to 231, with opener Aaron Finch top scoring with 135 (128) and Mitch Marsh taking 5/33 from 9 overs.

The bookies and punters expect a similar result come Sunday with Australia a clear favourite at $1.52, with England $2.55.

However, English fans can take comfort in the fact that Pakistan recorded a comfortable six wicket victory in Australia’s most recent ODI at the MCG last January, with Pakistan chasing the small total of 220 all out with 14 balls to spare.

David Warner leads the Australian top run scorer market at $3.60, closely followed by test captain  and world No. 1 test batsman Steve Smith at $3.75. Hometown hero Aaron Finch is at $4.33 with Travis Head the only other batsman offering single digit odds at $5.50. If you fancy a top order batting failure and value, you can get new ODI keeper Tim Paine at $26.

For England, test captain and world No. 7 ODI batsman Joe Root is at $3.60, with Jonny Bairstow, Alex Hales and Jason Roy all at $4.50 and captain Eoin Morgan at $6.00 leading the market. If you believe the short form game may see a return to form with the bat for all-rounder Moeen Ali, you can get him at $13.

With the ball, Mitch Starc leads the Australian top wicket taker market at $3.00, followed by Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood at $4. If you think Mitch Marsh will bowl as well as he did against England in their 2015 World Cup fixture, you can get him at $10.

England’s top wicket taker market is led by world No. 9 ODI bowler Liam Plunkett at $3.50, followed by leg spinner Adil Rashid at $4. The remaining regular English bowlers are spread between $4.50 and $7, which is what you can get for Moeen Ali.

Given it’s the first game of the series and one day cricket has been off schedule for quite some time for both countries, it may be worth approaching the first game of the series with an open mind. It could be a game of middling contributions throughout the order where a Mitch Marsh or Tim Paine fifty is good enough for top score or where we see some big scores and an opener cracks a ton.

I feel it is a good time to explore the wealth of betting options available for this match up. Jason Roy has had a nightmare of a Big Bash for the Sydney Sixers, scoring 62 from 6 innings with a high score of 21. That being said his past two ODI innings were 84 (66) and 96 (70). He is a clean striker of the ball, opens the batting and may be due for a slice of luck. I am backing him to rebound into form and continue his streak of half centuries at the MCG on Sunday.

Suggested Bet: Jason Roy to score a 50 @ $3.27 (Team B – Batsman B to score 50).

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