England will be smarting from their recent encounter and defeat by Scotland in their ODI in Edinburgh at the weekend. Australia, on the other hand, will be fairly buoyant after their two warm up matches against Sussex and Middlesex, as they look towards the ODI series against England.
The first match of a series is always important, as both teams will be seeking to stamp their authority on the series. England will also be looking to put their defeat against Scotland behind them and to be building their confidence up towards a home World Cup this time next year and Australia will be looking to put their 4-1 ODI series drubbing, by England in January, behind them.
Recent form will suggest a win for Australia; however, neither side goes into the first ODI with huge confidence. Australia are still recovering from ‘sandpaper gate’ as well, and, no doubt, the England fans will be reminding them of that from the stands and England will trying to rebound from their visit to Scotland.
England are currently ranked number one in the ODI World Rankings and they defeated Australia 4-1 in a five-match series held in Australia, in January, after the Ashes, but form and ODI ranking have no place when the old enemies meet up.
Let’s have a look at the two squads –
England - Eoin Morgan (Middlesex) Captain, Moeen Ali (Worcestershire), Jonathan Bairstow (Yorkshire), Jos Buttler (Lancashire), Tom Curran (Surrey), Alex Hales (Nottinghamshire), Liam Plunkett (Yorkshire), Adil Rashid(Yorkshire), Joe Root (Yorkshire), Jason Roy (Surrey), Ben Stokes (Durham), David Willey (Yorkshire), Chris Woakes (Warwickshire), Mark Wood (Durham)
Australia - Tim Paine(c), Aaron Finch, Ashton Agar, Alex Carey, Travis Head, Nathan Lyon, Glenn Maxwell, Shaun Marsh, Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson, D Arcy Short, Billy Stanlake, Marcus Stoinis, Andrew Tye and Michael Neser
The top online cricket betting companies have the home side favourites to win the first ODI, and the series, but I fancy a few upsets in this series for the World Ranked Number 1 ODI country England. I think Australia will win the opener, at the Oval, and for all the latest cricket betting tips and match predictions, visit our popular cricket betting section.
Other ODI Matches - England v Australia
13 June – 1st ODI, Kia Oval (1pm)
16 June – 2nd ODI, SSE SWALEC, Cardiff (11am)
19 June – 3rd ODI, Trent Bridge (2pm)
21 June – 4th ODI, Emirates Riverside (2pm)
24 June – 5th ODI, Emirates Old Trafford (11am)
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