England v South Africa
Royal London ODI series, third match (of three)
Sunday July 24, 2022, 11am
Jos Buttler and co are aiming to put right at Headingley what they got wrong against India in Manchester last weekend.
But a landslide win at Old Trafford on Friday against South Africa in a shortened game has tied this 50-over series up at 1-1, heading across the Pennines to Headingley.
I have to say, I always expected England to win the series. I thought, despite the poor form against India, they would do it more comfortably than this. But I do think the best-priced 4/7 shot with Ladbrokes will come in.
Headingley not immune to runs in limited overs cricket
If you look at the scores in this season’s Vitality Blast at Headingley, it is clear that this is an excellent pitch for one-day batting.
So I think this will be a high-scoring series finale.
I therefore quite like the Evens that bet365 are offering on the highest individual score in the match to be over 100.5.
There have only been two centuries in the last five one-day internationals which England have played; India’s Rishabh Pant and South Africa’s Rassie van der Dussen.
It is about time England broke that pattern and added one to that list at just the right time.
Bairstow and Root to shine on home soil
The form of Yorkshiremen Jonny Bairstow and Joe Root through the last fortnight of 50-over cricket has been mixed.
Bairstow has got three starts, including a 63, without going on amidst a couple of low scores, while Root has had four low scores added to an 86. But I can see them putting on a show in front of their home fans to lead England home.
I put this bet up earlier in the series, so hopefully, it’s second time lucky.
Ladbrokes are offering 6/4 on Bairstow and Root - a pair who have shared almost 10,000 ODI runs between them - to score a combined 100 in England’s innings.
#OddsOn runs at Headingley
Returning to the subject of runs, I like the look of Betfair’s #OddsOnThat selection of a total of 600 plus runs in the match, a total of 14 sixes and a combined 150 runs in the first 15 overs of each innings.
This is only England’s second ODI at Headingley since May 2019, them also playing a low-scoring World Cup group match against Sri Lanka, which they lost.
The first of those against Pakistan brought totals of 351-9 and 297 all out.
If you look at scores in the Vitality Blast this season at Headingley, there were seven totals of 200 plus posted, including a high of 238-5.
* Odds correct at the time of writing but subject to change.