One-day internationals take on an added spice in a Cricket World Cup year and Melbourne will set the scene for Australia’s clash with England.
The Aussies have their tails up following their four-run Twenty20 win on Friday, but England have already proven their dominance over a poor Australian squad in this series and punters should take as much of the 5/6 for England to win the first ODI as they can.
In the first of seven ODI’s between the two old adversaries, the slate has been wiped clean as both sides look to take their strongest form into the upcoming Cricket World Cup.
But England’s dominance in the Test series will have had a big effect on the Australian’s temperament, and England can build on the confidence that the Ashes victory has instilled in them.
Ian Bell’s form means he is back in contention for a regular first team spot, and having spoken of his desire to play in the World Cup, Bell will not relinquish his role easily and he is 4/1 to be England’s top runscorer in the first ODI.
Andrew Strauss will come back into the fold after missing the T20 games and the Test captain is 7/2 to be England’s top runscorer, although a bet that may offer punters that little more value is Eoin Morgan at 5/1 to be England’s top runscorer.
Morgan averages 45 in ODI’s since making the switch from Ireland to England and it’s well known that the Aussies fear the Irishman in this shortened format.
Shane Watson continues to prove his strength with the bat and is 7/2 to be Australia’s leading runscorer in the first ODI.
Although the potential return of Mike Hussey to the team means the 6/1 available for Mr Cricket to be Australia’s leading runscorer looks the better value.
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