The final leg of England’s lengthy Australian tour is upon us, with the two sides joining New Zealand for the Trans Tasman Twenty20 international series.
Australia have the main bragging rights following their Ashes success, but England saved some face and served notice ahead of next year’s World Cup by winning the ODI series.
It’s now the shortest format of the game, and it’s a tough call to split the sides given it only takes one player to have an amazing day to tip the balance.
The market makers feel Australia will have the edge when they meet on Wednesday, and it’s a fair stance to taken given how impressive they were in beating New Zealand in the series opener at the weekend.
Australia were impressive with ball in hand against New Zealand, with Billy Stanlake taking three wickets and Andrew Tye four, while with the bat Chris Lynn and Glenn Maxwell showed how destructive they can be.
Stanlake is an awkward customer, given he stands at 6ft 7in and can generate some serious pace and bounce. Should the surface play to his strengths in Hobart on Wednesday, and history suggests it should, then he looks a standout option to be Australia’s leading wicket taker at 4.50 with 188BET.
England will be no pushovers, as their form in the ODI format can be transmitted to the 20-over game, and they limbered up for the series with a mauling of an Australian President’s XI. David Willey was the star turn, and Nathan Lyon is probably still having nightmares after being creamed for 34 in a single over.
It is with the ball that Willey is better known, and with confidence high he will have plenty of supporters to be England’s leading wicket taker in the game – which is priced at 5.00 with 188BET.
The end game is a place in the final in Auckland on February 21st, so defeat on Wednesday would not be terminal for either side. But with New Zealand already on the back foot following their defeat to Australia, an England win could set them up nicely in a bid to reach the final.
With both sides having so many destructive players, it’s easy to make a case for either team. With that in mind, and the fact England were so good in the ODI series, it’s tempting to come down in favour of Eoin Morgan’s men at 188BET’s price of 2.24. For those who feel Australia will emerge victorious, they can be backed at 1.63 with 188BET.