Australia vs England – Second ODI, Brisbane – Friday, 17th January 03:20 GMT
As the second One Day International in Brisbane is upon us, it is clear to see that England are struggling with confidence more than ever in this series.
Australia won the first ODI by six wickets; knocking England’s 270 total off in just 45.4 overs. England Captain Alastair Cook managed a mere four runs as the pressure on him continues to mount.
England finally won their first game of the tour by 176 runs against Prime Minister’s XI in Canberra on Tuesday, however Cook was out for one run with the second ball he faced. Jos Buttler top scored with 61 runs.
The Aussies are 2/5 to take a 2-0 lead in the ODI series, whilst England drift to 5/2. Coral offer the best price of 1/8 for the hosts to win the entire series after taking the early lead and the visitors are currently 13/2. For the unusual draw, punters can get odds of 33/1.
Australia are 13/8 to win the series 4-1, which is the most favoured option, however they are now as short as 2/1 to achieve consecutive 5-0 whitewashes.
Aaron Finch scored a fantastic 121 runs in 128 balls as he lead Australia to a fine position before finally losing his wicket. He is 8/15 to be Australia’s top batsman again in Brisbane. David Warner had a fantastic test series with the bat and scored a decent 65 runs in the first ODI, therefore he represents fine value at 6/1 with William Hill.
England’s top order struggle with the bat continued into the first ODI, with Cook and Joe Root only managing single figures and Ian Bell being bowled out just shy of a half century. Gary Ballance top scored with 79 off 96 balls and he is now the 10/3 favourite to top score for England in the second ODI.
Ian Bell is currently 7/2 to be top England batsman, whilst Jos Buttler represents good value at 16/1 to score more runs than any other Englishman in Brisbane.
Steven Finn has been sent back to England and is unlikely to take part in any further ODI’s in Australia, due to reports that he has fell out of love with bowling and needs to rediscover his form.
Ben Stokes is the 4/1 joint favourite to be top England bowler, whilst Chris Jordan and Stuart Broad are both around that price which further indicates the struggles in all areas for England. Four different bowler’s all took one wicket each in the first test.
Test series superstar, Mitchell Johnson is set to return for the second ODI, whilst all-rounder Shane Watson will be rested for the next three one-day matches.
Clint McKay took three wickets for 44 runs in the first ODI and is the 7/4 favourite to be Australia’s top bowler in the second ODI. Mitchell Johnson returns at odds of 9/2 with Stan James to be top bowler, which represents fantastic value for the man in stunning form of late.
BET OF THE DAY: Mitchell Johnson to be top Australian Bowler at 9/2 with Stan James.
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