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Spin to the fore in Sydney

Spin to the fore in Sydney

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A superb victory in the first ODI in Melbourne has given England a perfect platform from which to push for a series victory over Australia.

Another win in Sydney on Friday would give the tourists a 2-0 lead with three games to play, but their chasing down of more than 300 at the MCG has done little to shape the outright odds their way.

England are 6/5 to win in Sydney and surely offer plenty more value than the hosts do at 4/7 to level the series at 1-1.

Jason Roy was the undoubted star in Melbourne with an England record score of 180, but Joe Root also impressed with 91 not out to guide his side safely home with seven balls to spare.

The Test skipper is surely due a big score and even at 3/1 to be top team batsman he is a decent option, with Roy at 7/2 one to consider if you think he can repeat his fireworks at the MCG.

For the hosts David Warner will have similar targets to Root and, having made a century against Pakistan the last time an ODI was played at the SCG, the left-hander at 7/2 is certainly worthy of strong consideration.

Turning to the bowlers, Sydney traditionally offers more help for the spinners than other grounds Down Under and both sides have leg-spinners who will be relishing the potentially favourable conditions.

For England, Adil Rashid was expensive at the MCG in claiming two wickets, but he should fare better in Sydney so 7/2 to be top team bowler definitely has merit.

An alternative would be paceman Liam Plunkett, also expensive in the series opener as he claimed three wickets, with the seamer 33/10.

For the hosts Mitchell Starc is an injury doubt due to heel problems, so among the fast bowlers Pat Cummins at 7/2 is probably the safest option.

However leg-spinner Adam Zampa has taken five wickets in his last two ODI appearances in Sydney, so 4/1 for him to be top team bowler could be the way to go.

Somewhat surprisingly for a one-day international there were no run outs for either side in the series opener, that must surely change in Sydney.

It is hard to separate the two sides when it comes to fielding prowess, but England at 51/20 may just shade it in the value stakes.

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Adrian Mills Adrian has enjoyed a journalistic career spanning over three decades, with cricket his specialised topic. He also has a wealth of knowledge on football, golf and tennis and has the stats to back up his betting advice.