- Australia v England
- One-Day International series, Game Three (of three)
- Tuesday November 22, 2022, 3.20am (UK)
- Melbourne Cricket Ground
This series was always likely to be a bridge too far for Jos Buttler’s England for a number of reasons, including the jam-packed schedule making some serious firepower unavailable.
Another reason is that Australia have thrown much more at this three-match ODI series, one they couldn’t really afford to lose after a horrible period.
I haven’t advocated betting on Aussie wins in the first two games due to a lack of value, but having seen just how comfortably they’ve come out on top, I’d be taking the 7/12 on offer here with vbet.
It has been a bit of a challenge betting on this series because of the rest and rotation in play. From the first two games, we’ve had a couple of bets voided due to Adil Rashid and Jos Buttler sitting out one fixture apiece.
But let’s crack on and hope the coaches and captains play ball and select our picks!
Spin it to win it
Four bets for you here, and they’re identical bets on the respective leg-spinners, Adam Zampa and Adil Rashid.
Mitchell Starc bowled well in Sydney on Saturday for four wickets, but I remain steadfast in my view that Zampa is the best bet to be Australia’s top bowler.
The leg-spinner has claimed 15 wickets in his last eight internationals, striking in seven of those. He has taken seven in this series so far.
I’m keen on the 10/11 Ladbrokes have on him to take over 1.5 wickets in the match.
The same company (Ladbrokes) also have Adil Rashid at 1/1 to take over 1.5 wickets in the match. He impressed in the T20 World Cup final with 2-22 and claimed 3-57 in Saturday’s ODI at Sydney having been rested for game one. The Yorkshireman is in rhythm and form.
Betfair Sportsbook are amongst those companies who have him at 10/3 to be England’s top bowler for the second game running.
Returning to Zampa, I would also be taking the 7/2 bet365 have on him to be Australia’s top bowler, something he has been in the opening two fixtures of this series.
Smith looks to have clicked back into gear, opening up 11/2 shot
Steve Smith has had a flat spot in his career of late. Let’s face it, he doesn’t have many, but minimal game time in the T20 World Cup allied to a few low scores represents significant disappointment for the usually reliable run-getter.
Anyway, that is exactly what he’s been in this series so far, reliable. He’s posted scores of 80 and 94 not out.
There are a trio of bets I like on his success, all with bet365.
The first is the 13/8 shot on him to score a fifty, the second a boosted 4/1 on him to be Australia’s top bat and also 11/2 on him to score a century in the match. Take your pick or spread your stakes - the choice is yours.
He needs 104 runs to reach 5,000 in ODI cricket, and I can see him getting to this milestone in the series finale.
* Betting odds correct at the time of publication. All odds are subject to changes.