AFTER a stirring Ashes win will the feel-good factor continue for England in this ODI series against Australia?
England v Australia ODI Series | Series Winner | 3rd-13th Sep 2015
The enthralling IT20 contest in Cardiff served as a worthy appetiser for what is likely to be another fascinating ODI series. Will England’s batting crumble without Joe Root? To what extent will Australia miss their many absent World Cup heroes? All will be revealed over the next two weeks.
With several integral players missing, this Australia side is significantly weaker than the one which achieved World Cup glory. The novices will have to step up and that will be very tough away from home against a confident, aggressive England outfit.
England were magnificent against New Zealand and although Joe Root won’t play here, the sheer depth in the batting could make up for that. David Willey coming in at number eight is a frightening prospect for Australia, and there’s enough quality and firepower in the top-middle order to guide the hosts to some more big totals.
An England side with the benefit of a full series together looks better placed than a new-look Australia side in the earlier stages of its less drastic transformation.
Under the relaxed leadership of Trevor Bayliss and Paul Farbrace, you can guarantee the hosts will come out all guns blazing. If it comes off, the Australians could be blown away in a manner they are not accustomed to, if not then England could be made to look a little silly.
In what should be a closely contested series it’s England who provide undeniable value, but we have to be wary of the weather. Although it is set fair now, it’s hard to trust forecasts over a week in advance.
We can account for a potential washout by taking Boylesport’s 13/8 on England to win the series with a +1 handicap. That means if the series is drawn we will still be paid out in full; it’s prudent to take a slight hit on the price for that extra insurance.
England v Australia ODI Series – England +1 (13/8 Boylesports)