A mid-week warm-up to a summer of sport sees England take on New Zealand in their final ODI and the Lions take on Western Force in their first game down under with a double win for the British cricket and rugby sides priced at 4/6 with Paddy Power.
In Perth, excitement is building around the first outing for an O’Driscoll and Tuilagi partnership and with the Lions as 1/100 favourites the stage is set for the two players to steal the show.
If they perform well BOD and Tui could cement their places as first choice starting centres and Paddy Power are giving odds of 4/1 that they’ll start in every test match. With the first test now just over two weeks away the build-up begins in earnest and the touring side are currently 4/6 favourites to win the first test and 8/13 to win the series outright.
Back in the Northern Hemisphere - Nottingham to be precise - England take on New Zealand in the third ODI having lost the first two.
However, despite looking likely to be missing bowlers Broad and Finn, the men in red are 8/13 favourites in the game. Skipper Alastair Cook and Jonathan Trott are equal 3/1 favourites to score the most runs for England whilst 189-man Martin Guptill is 11/4 favourite to score the most for New Zealand. Attention will soon switch to the ICC Champions Trophy with England 9/2 to win it behind South Africa who are the favourites at 7/2.
Paddy Power cricket and rugby betting expert said: "With the Lions and England both in action on Wednesday we’re predicting a super mid-week slump in productivity across Britain.
"It’s starting to get serious for both sides in the build-up to a summer of whacking the Aussies in the rain (probably)."
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