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Australia target Oval success

Australia target Oval success


Australia will be hoping to cash in on any uncertainty in the England ranks when the sides meet in a five-match one-day international series.

The Three Lions may have won 4-1 when the two teams clashed Down Under over the winter, but the tourists will be eager to open any cracks in confidence caused by a shock defeat in Edinburgh.

Australia to win first ODI – 13/10

Australia have plenty of problems of their own to contend with, with Steve Smith, David Warner, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins all absent from the five-match series, which gets under way at The Oval on Wednesday.

However, both Smith and Warner contributed little with the bat during the winter clashes, so their absences may not be as significant as they might seem.

The loss of a key pace trio may have more effect, but the Aussies have been eager to try and adjust their selection for the different formats anyway, so the likes of Andrew Tye and Billy Stanlake will be desperate to impress.

Aaron Finch to be top Australia batsman – 49/20

The big-hitting Aaron Finch is one of the players who has seen his role change in recent times, with a middle-order berth now his more likely spot.

He simply loves batting against England and made 275 runs at an average in excess of 91 in the series last winter, while the expected batsman-friendly conditions at The Oval should be exactly to his liking.

A worthwhile back-up option is all-rounder Marcus Stoinis, 17/4, who also impressed over the winter in making exactly 200 runs in the series – he has more than enough power to clear the ropes at The Oval.

Andrew Tye to be top Australia bowler – 27/10

With Starc, Hazlewood and Cummins all missing, seamers Tye and Stanlake will be expected to step up to try and fill the gap.

The usual bouncy pitches of The Oval should be perfect for the giant Stanlake (33/10) to make his mark, but with just two ODI appearances to his name, he still has to prove that he can cut it in this format of the game.

The greater variations of Tye may prove to be more effective, especially when considering he has enjoyed spells in county cricket with four different teams.

He only has four one-day caps to his name but, having gone wicketless in his first two, he took eight wickets in the next two against England and so should have confidence that he can rattle a few cages.

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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.