Australia vs England 3rd ODI Preview & Tips

January 21, 2018 by Posted in Cricket Tips

Australia vs England

England are enjoying the transition to coloured clothes as their ODI domination continued unabated in the second ODI at the ‘Gabba. They chased down 270 with such ease that you can’t stop gushing about the quality they possess in all departments. The four-wicket victory margin may suggest a close encounter, but it was anything but that!

The Gillette ODI series now moves to the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) on Sunday, January 21 as Steve Smith and his team keep searching for answers to their ODI slump.

Australia – how can they end the slump?

Australia once again had Aaron Finch (106 from 114 balls) to thank for their score of 270/9. It was an innings that threatened to promise much more at 209/3, only to falter at key moments. Their inability to control the middle overs is now officially an albatross, with Mitchell Marsh (36 from 43 balls) and Cameron White (15* from 21 balls) struggling to lift the run-rate.

Smith went ahead with an additional batsman on a slower-than-normal ‘Gabba pitch that aided the spinners. With Joe Root (2/31) and Moeen Ali (1/31) putting the brakes, Australia struggled to get going at any stage.

England – a clinical side performing consistently

Morgan got his tactics spot on – with the bowling changes, field placements, and team selection. The chase was never going to trouble them on this flat pitch, even though they lost Jason Roy early.

There were performances from everyone else, as Alex hales (57 from 60 balls) and Jonny Bairstow (60 from 56 balls) laid a perfect platform. At 227/6, it could have become a tricky chase for the visitors, but Root (46* from 58 balls) once again held anchor and together with Chris Woakes (39 * from 27 balls) guided them to another easy win.

Stats

Australia have never come back from a 2-0 deficit to win a five-match series and have won just one of their past ten ODIs.

At the SCG, Australia have a 11-10 record against England in 22 encounters, which includes four consecutive wins against their eternal rivals coming into this match.

Key players

Australia’s inability to keep up with their opponents in the middle overs is a huge concern. The Australia middle-order will now be in focus more than ever. Can the troika of Smith, Marsh, and Travis Head find a way to be competitive?

Chris Woakes likes to go about his business quietly and has done that with clinical efficiency in both the games. His all-round contribution in the ‘Gabba win (1/37, 39* from 27 balls) underlines his importance in this line-up. Will he continue in the same vein?

Betting Tips

England look good to continue their domination with another win and we’re happy to back England to win at $2.20 at Ladbrokes.

The visitors also look good to make more runs in the first 15 overs at odds of $1.90 at Ladbrokes.

Root’s consistency has been the difference between the two sides as he looks good to continue his run glut. Back him to score at least 36 runs at odds of $1.83 at Ladbrokes.

* Tips are author’s opinion and provided for informational purposes only. Please gamble responsibily.

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