England vs Australia Betting Tips & Predictions
England vs Australia betting tips & predictions for the first ODI are placed here. England will take on Australia in the first of five ODIs at the Oval in London on June 13 and it will be the first look of the Aussie side since their tour of South Africa fell apart so spectacularly earlier this year.
Steven Smith and David Warner were among the players banned from that series which means this Aussie squad will be without two of the best ODI cricketers in a long time and the tourists will need to adapt under a new captain and coach.
Darren Lehmann resigned from his position as coach after the team’s shenanigans on their tour of South Africa and Justin Langer has taken over with a promise of a better on-field behaviour.
England’s one-day form has propelled them to the number one position in the ODI Rankings but they are coming off a defeat at the hands of Scotland who smashed them for 370 batting first.
The number one side had a chance to chase it down but were bowled out six runs short with an over to spare in what was a rib-tickling encounter. Australia have been quick to claim advantage, saying the result helps their side but on paper, England still remains a better side in these conditions.
Head To Head
Australia have a 81-56 win-loss against England in ODI cricket, which gives them a ratio of 1.45 against their arch-rivals in the history of this format. The issue, however, is this has fallen to 0.57 against England since the end of the 2015 World Cup – i.e. they have won just four of their 11 games v England.
For a team that has won more matches than they have lost against every other team since the start of ODI cricket, England isn’t the only team they have struggled against since the 2015 World Cup. Against South Africa, they are 1-6 on head to head.
England rely heavily on their batting depth which had Adil Rashid coming in at the number 10 spot in their game against Scotland. Rashid has a first-class average of 33 and is a good leg-spinner who can hold his place in the side.
It’s their bowling that could be an issue with Mark Wood being the leader of the attack and the likes of David Willey and Liam Plunkett all capable of being taken for runs given the lack of pace on very flat surfaces.
As mentioned earlier, Australia’s off-field discomfit during their tour of South Africa has claimed Smith, Warner and Lehmann and with Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood ruled out due to injuries, it will be a very different side that takes to field for this series.
Led by Tim Paine, Australia will rely on the batting experience of Aaron Finch and will hope that the likes of Travis Head, D’Arcy Short and Glenn Maxwell can add the necessary batting firepower to the team.
The bowling is inexperienced but the freshness should help as Billy Stanlake, Jhye Richardson and Andrew Tye will all be in action.
Despite England’s shock defeat to Scotland, they will start as our favourites as the number one team in the ODI world right now, as also because they are playing at home and against a team which has a new look about it. This is not to say that Australia won’t win a game in this series but England start heavy favourites to go 1-0 up.
Over 579.5 RunsTotals Runs in Match
High-scoring games have become a norm in England in the last few years. Since the previous World Cup, teams have scored at 5.98 RPO in England on an average which is the highest in any country which has hosted at least four ODIs. To give a perspective on how high that is, in the period between 2011 and 2015, i.e. the four years preceding the aforementioned period, the scoring-rate in England was down to 5.23 RPO and no team batted at more than 5.6 RPO.
What this translates to is this could be another of those very high-scoring encounters with more than 579.5 runs scored in the game.