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England aim to finish the job

England aim to finish the job


Australia enter the last-chance saloon of the SCG in Sydney on Sunday, having been soundly beaten by England in the opening two one-day internationals.

Victories in Melbourne and Brisbane have given the tourists a 2-0 lead in the five-match series, meaning another win in Sydney would wrap up the series with two games still to play.

Despite their successes, England are still 11/10 to triumph at the SCG, which must surely be worth a second look given the comprehensive nature of their two wins so far.

Australia are 5/8 to keep the series live with a win in Sydney and they will surely make changes after getting things badly wrong in Brisbane, where they went in without a frontline spinner.

Leg-spinner Adam Zampa is almost certain to return and having taken five wickets in his last two ODI appearances at the SCG, he looks decent value at 4/1 to be top team bowler.

Paceman Jhye Richardson should also get the nod after an encouraging debut in Brisbane, taking two wickets in a losing cause and at 9/2 to be top team bowler, he is a worthwhile option.

For England Chris Woakes enjoyed a fine game with both bat and ball at the Gabba on Friday and he is 33/10 to be top team bowler for the Three Lions, while leg-spinner Adil Rashid also has to be considered.

He has been expensive in the opening two games, but has also taken wickets at important times and he is 33/10 to lead the way for England at the SCG.

With the bat, Joe Root has been in imperious form in the one-dayers and has yet to be dismissed and even at 3/1 he still has some value to be top England team batsman.

Jonny Bairstow has also been in good touch and will want to go big after giving his wicket away soon after passing 50 in Brisbane – at 7/2 he could be a solid choice.

In contrast to the tourists, the Baggy Greens batting has largely failed to fire, with the notable exception of opener Aaron Finch, who hit back-to-back centuries in Melbourne and Brisbane.

The powerful right-hander is 11/4 to be top team batsman for the hosts, while fellow opener David Warner is 7/2 and he has previous at the SCG – having smashed 130 against Pakistan in his last ODI appearance in Sydney.

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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.