Published: 09:54 28/06/2012
England begin the five-match ODI series against Australia at Lords on Friday with a three-year unbeaten home record on the line against its fiercest rivals.
It was the Aussies who last inflicted home defeat on the one day side when cruising to a 6-1 series victory following England’s Ashes win in 2009. Since then England have improved their limited over set up and are on a run of six successive ODI series wins in Blighty.
England strike bowler, James Anderson admits the home team is facing its stiffest examination against the world’s leading exponents of the 50-over format.
The Lancashire player told his local radio station: "Every time you play against Australia, it's a big series, we always hate losing to them and they're the number one one-day side in the world at the moment.
"It's a really good test for us because we've been playing some really good one-day cricket in England."
The series promises to be a nail-biter and bookies can’t split the two rivals. It is possible to back both teams at even money to win the series, Skybet is offering evens England and Sportingbet go the same price Australia.
Anderson is 23 wickets away from Darren Gough’s record as leading England one-day wicket taker and will hope to be significantly closer to Gough’s 235-wicket haul by the time the series closes on his home ground at Old Trafford on 10th July.
Ladbrokes bet 7/2 for Anderson to be top England bowler in the ODI series where he faces strong opposition from Graeme Swann, Steve Finn and Stuart Broad who are available at the same odds.
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