- Australia v England
- One-Day International series, Game One (of three)
- Thursday November 17, 2022, 3.20am (UK)
- Adelaide Oval
It hasn’t been a great month to be an Australian cricket fan!
First you get beat by England in a warm-up series, then you fail to get out of the Super 12s stage of a home World Cup and then you see your arch-rivals go and win the trophy.
Can Australia at least salvage a minuscule amount of pride over the next week?
Australia, under new leadership in terms of captain Pat Cummins, are favourites to win this series at 4/7, owing much to England’s circumstances and not quality.
Let’s face it, England are a miles better white ball side than Australia when both teams are at full strength. Two pieces of silverware reflect that. But England are missing some players.
Brook, Livingstone, Wood and Root are all in the Test squad for next month’s series in Pakistan and are unavailable as a result. Stokes has only just retired from ODIs.
And some of those in Australia may not be at their freshest, let’s say. Buttler, Ali, Curran, Malan, Rashid and Woakes all fall into that category.
If pushed, I would say Australia are understandable favourites and will probably win, but I’m not overwhelmingly confident on that and will therefore steer clear of the series and match results - 4/7 and 4/6 respectively on Aussie success - and look elsewhere for value.
This series, by the way, is serving as preparation for the next 50-over World Cup in India this time next year.
#OddsOnThat selection on runs and wickets for starters
There have only been eight one-day internationals played at Adelaide since the start of the 50-over World Cup Down Under in early 2015, and innings totals have been varied.
The last game between India and Australia in 2019 produced a pair of 290 scores, a clash with Pakistan and Australia in 2017 produced two 300 plus totals, while there have also been a few low scoring games.
So I would be keen to play safe for starters and take Betfair’s 5/4 on both teams to post 250 plus totals. I think there is more than enough batting quality on show to secure that bet.
Sticking with Betfair Sportsbook, I would also be keen to take their 9/4 #OddsOnThat selection on leg-spinners Adam Zampa and Adil Rashid to take two wickets apiece.
I really rate Zampa who claimed five wickets in his last three games at the T20 World Cup, while Rashid’s explanation follows…
Dilly Ding, Dilly Dong
Adil Rashid, or Dilly to his mates, is a confidence bowler. I’m sure Claudio Ranieri would agree!!
Rashid is rarely someone I would side with on the back of a lean spell in terms of game time, but he’s riding the crest of a wave at the minute having got better and better as the T20 World Cup progressed.
He was outstanding with 2-22 in Sunday’s World Cup final against Pakistan. Sam Curran may have claimed player of the match with a cheap three-wicket haul, but for me Rashid was the one who broke the game open by striking with his first ball and later getting Babar Azam caught and bowled.
I would, therefore, be keen to take the 4/1 Betfair are offering on him to be England’s top bowler in this fixture.
He also knows Adelaide well having played Big Bash cricket there earlier in his career.
Go Head on with Travis
It sounds like left-handed Adelaide native Travis Head will replace retired Aaron Finch at the top of the order alongside David Warner, and he’s been in solid but far from spectacular form of late.
In his last innings, 11 days ago, he hit 55 for South Australia opening the batting in a 50-over Marsh Cup win.
He is a juicy 9/2 with bet365 to be Australia’s top batter in this match, and whilst it’s a completely different format he does have a liking for batting against England. In last winter’s Ashes, he posted two hundreds and a fifty in six innings.
That is a price I would be taking.
* Betting odds correct at the time of publication. All odds are subject to changes.