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England v Australia 4th ODI Preview and Predictions - England target series whitewash

Rippa Staff 20 Jun 2018
  • England have won 9 of their last 11 day/night ODIs.
  • England have won 10 of their last 12 ODIs against Australia.
  • Australia have lost 12 of their last 14 ODIs – the worst run by any side since the Champions Trophy in 2017.
  • England are winless at this venue in three day/night ODIs, losing two.

England pocketed the series – not that it was in any doubt – with a mammoth 242-run win, to take an unassailable 3-0 lead and now have a whitewash in their sights.

As the series moves to Riverside Ground in Chester-le-street for the fourth ODI on Thursday, June 21 there is no doubt that England still have the edge over Australia.

Match Preview


It was a drubbing in Nottingham for the visitors in the third ODI, that was piloted by Jason Roy’s 82 off 61 balls and Jonny Bairstow’s 139 off 92. The duo added 159 for the first-wicket in under 20 overs to set the stage for a big score.

The ‘big score’ soon became ‘mammoth’ as Alex Hales joined Bairstow in plundering 151 runs for the second wicket in under 15 overs. Hales scored 147 off just 92 and continued the carnage with Eoin Morgan, who added 67 off just 30 balls.

Australian bowlers could never get hold of things and no matter of change – in length, line and personnel – could stop the bleeding. Jhye Richardson picked up 3/92 to help stop the score from reaching 500.

It was the lone saving grace for the Aussies on a day that none of their batsmen could find the same scoring range as their counterparts. For the first 12 overs, they did keep up with the scoring rate. Barring Travis Head (51 off 39) and Marcus Stoinis (44 off 37), the Australian batsmen failed to get going to fold out at 239 in 37 overs.

England spinners once again had the visitors on a leash, with the spells of Adil Rashid’s 4/47 and Moeen Ali’s 3/28 proving to be the difference. David Willey chipped in with two wickets and the visitors stooped to their heaviest-ever loss in an ODI.

It is a sad reflection of this current side that Australia remain miles away from being a challenger to England’s dominance. The hosts retain their fearless, innovative, and powerful approach to the format that has brought them so much success in recent times. It will be a huge surprise if Australia can make a comeback from this heavy loss. 

History & Statistics


  • England have won 9 of their last 11 day/night ODIs.
  • The last home day/night ODI that England lost was in 2015, after which they remain unbeaten in 14, winning 12.
  • England have won 10 of their last 12 ODIs against Australia.
  • Australia have lost 12 of their last 14 ODIs – the worst run by any side since the Champions Trophy in 2017.
  • England are winless at this venue in three day/night ODIs, losing two.

Key Players


After his brutal innings in the third match, Alex Hales will be confident of pushing his name to stay in the playing XI once Ben Stokes returns. With Stokes missing the series, the remaining two games loom as the potential chances to showcase his worth.

The experience of Shaun Marsh is so very vital for Australia and it was his innings in the second match that took them closer to a win. If they want a quick turnaround from this poor current form, Marsh needs to play another sensible knock.

Tips


Back England to win the match at odds of $1.50 (William Hill).

Back Hales to score a over 34.5 runs at odds of $1.72 (bet365).

Back Shaun Marsh to score over 0.5 sixes at odds of $3.50 (Ladbrokes).


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