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England v Australia 1st ODI Preview and Predictions - Rivalry renewed in five-match series

Rippa Staff 11 Jun 2018
  • England have won 7 of their last 10 ODIs against Australia.
  • England have won 17 of their last 21 ODIs at home, losing just 3.
  • Australia have lost 12 of their last 14 away ODIs, winning just 1.

It’s the return of the old rivalry as England and Australia lock horns in a five-match ODI series starting with the first one at the Kennington Oval in London on Wednesday, June 13.

All eyes will be on the conduct of the Australian side, who are trying to write a new chapter overriding the taint of the ‘ball tampering saga’ in their recent South African tour. England have no such worries, although they would want to prove that the loss to Scotland was nothing more than a minor blip. 

Both sides undoubtedly will have one eye on the next year World Cup and the strategies towards that, but how will the series unfold?

Match Preview


It was a surprise to many that Scotland shocked top-ranked England in the one-off ODI by six-runs. What it did was to open the Pandora box for the hosts. Questions remain over the balance of the side in the absence of all-rounders Chris Woakes and Ben Stokes, while concerns persist over the ability of their middle-order to collapse at a short notice.

The form of Jonny Bairstow (three centuries in three matches) is a blessing, while the lack of runs from captain Eoin Morgan is a worry. Bowlers remain short of confidence and overall England do not have the same invincible aura that you tend to associate with top-ranked sides.

Does that mean Australia start as favourites? Far from it, because at the moment all that matters to Justin Langer is to enter a new era flying under the radar. The obsession with demeaning the opponents could be a thing of the past as this Aussie side wants to set new benchmarks in good conduct.

What they also do, is set some alarm bells ringing in the English camp. The side that has an exciting combination of Marcus Stoinis, Travis Head, Billy Stanlake and Kane Richardson should pose some difficult questions for the hosts.

That may, however, not be enough for the visitors as England look far more settled than their counterparts. Despite the setback in Edinburgh and the repeated absence of their all-rounders, England should start the series with a win in what promises to be a close affair.

History & Statistics


  • England have won 7 of their last 10 ODIs against Australia.
  • England have won 17 of their last 21 ODIs at home, losing just 3.
  • England remain unbeaten in 12 day/night ODIs at home, winning 10.
  • England have won 6 of their last 8 day/night ODIs at this venue.
  • Australia have lost 12 of their last 14 away ODIs, winning just 1.

Key Players


Adil Rashid has picked up at least two wickets in four of his last five ODIs against Australia. With the Aussie middle-order yet to convince, this could be another chance for the wrist-spinner to bag some wickets.

Any player facing Stanlake would vouch that it feels like receiving thunderbolts from a tree top. His height helps gain ungainly bounce adding to the disconcerting pace that he can generate. Stanlake would relish hopping the English batsmen.

Tips


Back England to score the most sixes in the match at odds of $1.93 (CrownBet)

This could be another chance for Bairstow to add runs to his kitty. Back the England opener to score a fifty at odds of $2.62 (William Hill).

Back Rashid to be the top bowler for England at odds of $4.00 (Ladbrokes).


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England v Australia 1st ODI Preview and Predictions - Rivalry renewed in five-match series

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