The winners of the past three Ashes series haven’t fared so well in the limited-overs matches that have followed.
Having ended up second best to England for the third Test series on the spin, Australia’s 10/11 to claim victory in the first T20 clash between the two may appeal to many, though that’ll only be the few who haven’t consulted the form book.
The Aussie’s have a substandard batting line up. This is a major problem in all forms of cricket, but in T20 it’s disastrous. In the 19 matches they have partaken in since 2010, they’ve won a meagre four.
In addition to this, they’ve suffered defeat in all five of the games they’ve played against any opponent on these shores. The closest they’ve come to avoiding defeat was when no result was possible from their date at Old Trafford after the 2009 series.
All of this considered, it seems bizarre that they share a 10/11 match betting price with England here and it should most definitely be avoided.
A bet that could tempt, however, is the 6/4 that says captain Stuart Broad will take over 1.5 wickets in the match. He haunted Australia’s beleaguered batting line up throughout the Test series and is in great T20 touch too, picking up seven wickets in his last three outings.
He’s never taken a wicket in a completed T20 with the Old Enemy yet and will be desperate to set that straight here so expect him to be the Australian scourge once again at the Oval.
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