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Hobart start for England bid

Hobart start for England bid


Having impressed in a 4-1 ODI series win over Australia, England now have to turn their attentions to the challenge of Twenty20 cricket.

With the Baggy Greens having already recorded an easy win over New Zealand in the Trans-Tasman T20 series, England already have ground to make up when they face the hosts at the Bellerive Oval in Hobart.

Australia are the market favourites at 5/8 to win the game, but England’s only global trophy to date came in T20 cricket, so at 11/10 to secure victory they do have some merit.

The explosive batting line-up which fired so effectively for England in the ODI action is largely back in place, with one notable addition, Dawid Malan.

The left-hander made a huge impact in the Ashes series and will surely be full of confidence for the return to the shortest form of the game.

He is a decent option at 11/2 to be top team batsman in Hobart, while Jos Buttler at 33/10 is also worthy of consideration as he may be promoted up the order depending on the match situation.

With the ball Chris Jordan has become a key performer in the T20 arena, but at 7/2 to be top team bowler, he may be just a little too skinny to tempt you in.

Left-arm spinner Liam Dawson at 11/2 is a more attractive option, especially after taking 3-15 from his four overs in the only warm-up fixture.

A more long-term option sees Dawson as a 12/1 shot to be top team bowler over the whole of the series, which would have to be something of a leap of faith.

Back to the Hobart clash and on to the home side, who saw both Chris Lynn and Glenn Maxwell play fine cameos in the win over the Black Caps in the opening match of the tournament.

Maxwell has plenty to prove after missing out on an Ashes spot and only being a late call-up for the one-day series. He blasted 40 not out from just 24 balls faced against New Zealand and, at 9/2 to be top team batsman in Hobart, he promises a decent return.

With the ball, seamers Bill Stanlake and Andrew Tye were the standout performers, taking seven wickets between them.

Tye also finished the ODI series with a five-wicket haul, so 11/4 to be top team bowler offers tight margins, while the lofty Stanlake at 4/1 appears, on the face of it, to be a better option.

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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.