First the Ashes were prised back, then a brief T20 score was settled, but having gone 2-0 down to Australia in the ensuing ODI series, a full house looked beyond England.
Until now that is. Eoin Morgan’s men have dug deep into the reserves to peg Steve Smith’s tourists back to 2-2 and the wind is now very much in England’s sails.
Despite this obvious momentum, Australia’s status as the current kings of the 50-over format ensure Ladbrokes cannot split the sides for the decider at Old Trafford on Sunday – giving both a 10/11 chance of victory.
However, revisiting the scene of their recent 93-run win over the same opposition can only have a positive effect on the Three Lions’ chances of completing the comeback.
There is no doubting one of the chief reasons England have given themselves a chance at yet another ODI series win as underdogs this summer, having beaten World Cup finalists New Zealand also, is the way the skipper has led from the front.
After a personal nightmare at the World Cup, Morgan’s been inspired with the bat in this series, topping the overall run charts with 277, at an average of 69.25.
Coming in at four Morgan has proven the perfect anchor for his side’s innings and at 1/4 to be crowned as England’s top series runscorer, the left-hander looks a great punt at 7/4 for another half century.
Ably supported by James Taylor who is next in the runs charts, England’s diminutive right-hander’s form and century at Old Trafford last time, make the 5/6 about the number three eclipsing Smith in the matchbet stakes another good shout.
Meanwhile, just one wicket shy of Adil Rashid for the series, fellow spinner Moeen Ali offers top value at 4/1 to lead the Aussie scalp count at a ground where he picked up half of his six wickets to date.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.
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