England v Australia 2nd One Day International

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Cardiff is the venue for the second ODI between England and Australia on Saturday and England are 1-0 up with four to play.

England won a low scoring series opener at the Oval on Wednesday by 3 wickets and in the latest series betting they are now priced at 1 / 9 (from 1 / 3) with Australia drifting to 5/1 (from  22/10) Click here for the series markets

Australia started the first ODI as underdogs and despite winning the toss and opting to bat first on what looked a good deck, they were bowled out for 214 with 3 of their 50 over allocation going to waste. Glenn Maxwell made 62 batting at number 6 and Ashton Agar was second top scorer with 40 but the Australian top order failed to fire. Moeen Ali and Liam Plunkett both took 3 wickets for England with Ali the more economical.

At the interval England were overwhelming favourites in the “in play” betting markets but they were quickly in trouble at 38/3. Joe Root (50) and Eoin Morgan (69) put the hosts back in the driving seat and although further wickets were lost England got home with 6 overs to spare.

Australia hit 4 maximums to England’s 1 but the visitors need to get that top order making runs if they are to hit back in the series.

Head to Head

The most recent head to heads in this format came in Australia in January this year and England came through with a 4-1 series win.

The last series on English soil came in 2015 and Australia edged it 3-2

Overall the teams have met 143 times with England winning 57, Australia 81 and there have been 2 ties and 3 no results.

As host country England have won 30 of 64 meetings, Australia have won 30 with 2 ties and 2 no results.

Betting – Click here for all markets

Match Result

England 11/20

Australia 15/10

Note:  Prices correct at the time of posting but are subject to change

Bets: Top Away Batsman, Shaun Marsh at 7/2

Marsh looked good in making 24 before being bowled by Moeen Ali at the Oval. He is a key man batting at number 3 and gets our vote to top score for Australia.

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