Wed, Feb 2, 11:13am by Kevin Pitstock
Fresh from winning the Commonwealth Bank One Day International series against England at the Gabba on Saturday night, Australia will be looking to go 5-1 up against the tourists in the 6th ODI at the SCG today.
Having won the series 4-1 on Saturday with a commanding 51 run win at the Gabba Australia outwardly are pumping up their chances of going for a 6-1 record in the series.
However, whether it is test matches, or ODI’s Australia have a terrible habit of allowing upset wins by the touring cricket teams, once the series has already been decided.
Whether Australia just take the foot off the gas once the series is in the bag or whether something more sinister is at play, is not for us to speculate, but the history speaks for itself.
For that reason we like England to provide an upset result in today’s one dayer at the SCG.
Australia is expected to have the services today of Shaun Tait in place of Brett Lee, and Callum Ferguson comes in to the squad at the expense of injured batsmen Shaun Marsh.
The English team will still be without the services of Chris Tremlett and Ajmal Shahzad is likely to miss todays game as well.
Sportsbet Australia have Australia at $1.70 and England at $2.12 in the head to head markets. We are all over the $2.12 and with the match being broadcast live today, we will be getting more on live in the run.
In other markets, Sportsbet Australia have Shane Watson at $3.75 to high bat for Australia. Newcomer Callum Ferguson is $4.75 and Gabba high batter Michael Clarke is $5.50. There is not a huge amount of value around the top order in this market, and given we are backing an England upset, budding all-rounder Steven Smith at $12.00 or John Hastings at $26.00 look to represent good value.
5th ODI high bat Kevin Pietersen is a $4.50 favourite to high bat for England today at Sportsbet, while despite their record 53 run last wicket stand partnership, James Anderson is $151.00 and Steve Finn is $101.00. Given we’re tipping an England win, those two may not get much of a chance today and we’re on in form Matt Prior to post the high score at $5.00.
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