Australia dominated the test match series to reclaim the Ashes from England and the teams now move into the 50 over format with the first of 5 ODI’s taking place in Melbourne on Sunday.
Australia dished out a 4-0 hiding (with 1 match drawn) in the test matches where skipper Steve Smith was in stunning form with the bat. Both teams have a number of different personnel on view for the ODI’s so let’s begin with the squads.
Australia Squad: Steve Smith (capt), David Warner, Pat Cummins, Aaron Finch, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Chris Lynn, Mitchell Marsh, Tim Paine, Jhye Richardson, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Andrew Tye, Adam Zampa
England Squad: Eoin Morgan (capt), Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Alex Hales, Joe Root, Sam Billings, Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, David Willey, Liam Plunkett, Tom Curran, Mark Wood, Jake Ball, Dawid Malan
As far as current form is concerned Australia have plenty of scope for improvement. They went down 4-1 in India in September / October. Earlier this year they failed to make it out of their ICC Champions Trophy group with 2 no results followed by a 40 run (D/L) defeat to England in Birmingham.
England were beaten semi finalists (to Pakistan) in the Champions Trophy and since then they have recovered to run out 4-0 winners at home to West Indies in September.
We have series betting available with Australia 2/7 to come out on top and at the time of writing England could be backed at 2/1. In the “correct score” market Australia to win 3-2 is favourite at 16/10. Click here for the outright markets.
Head to Head
Overall the teams have met 137 times with Australia winning 80 and England 52 with 2 ties and no result was possible in the other 3
Of 66 matches on Australian soil the Aussies have won 44, England have won 21 and no result was possible in 1 game
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Note: Prices correct at the time of posting but are subject to change
Bet: Pre Match Handicap, Australia -3.5 Wkts \ -18.5 Runs at 5/6
We go with Australia to extend their dominance into the one day format with a winning margin that covers the handicap.