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England set sights on final success

England set sights on final success


Having won the series with two matches to play, England suffered a reverse in Adelaide and will be keen to put that right in the final ODI against Australia in Perth on Sunday.

Their top order was blown away last time out and although there was a fightback from 8-5, there was no real way of racking up a match-winning total.

The tourists will be keen to do better in Perth, but with the Aussie paceman having smelt blood, the top order can expect another heavy barrage.

Therefore further down the order Jos Buttler at 13/2 to be top team batsman could be a decent option, having smashed a century in the third ODI in Sydney.

Chris Woakes is another to watch, with the all-rounder having made an outstanding 78 last time out, although at 25/1 to be top team batsman again, he is very much a long shot.

He is also a respectable 33/10 to be top team bowler, but it is hard to look past Adil Rashid even at 11/4, as the leg-spinner continues to pick up wickets in the middle overs.

For Australia, fast bowler Pat Cummins was outstanding in Adelaide as he took four wickets and conditions in Perth should suit his express style, so 33/10 to be top team bowler is certainly worth considering.

With the bat, Aussie skipper Steve Smith has been struggling for form in the series to date, especially against the England spinners. He will surely be desperate to finish the series on a high and is 33/10 to be top team batsman, while left-hander Travis Head, who came close to a century last time out, is 33/10 to maintain his fine from, having been promoted to the top of the order.

Away from the individual markets, you might fancy taking a punt on a catch not accounting for the first wicket, despite that having been the case in all four ODIs to date. Clean bowled is a 15/4 shot, while leg before wicket is a long shot at 6/1.

In the outright market, England have returned to odds against at 21/20 to win the match, having been odds-on for the fourth game, where they suffered their first defeat of the series.

The Baggy Greens are 2/3 to cut the final series deficit to just a single game, while the mystery factor remains that this will be the first match played at the all-new Perth Stadium and not the world-famous WACA.

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