England Have Momentum with Them Ahead of Second ODI
England will arrive in Brisbane with a spring in their step after an impressive win in the opening ODI of the series with Australia.
The memories of the Ashes mauling have not yet been banished, but the sight of Jason Roy flailing the Australian bowling around the MCG went some way to healing the wounds.
England are a side on the up in the 50-over format of the game, so much so that Australia captain Steven Smith suggested his side need to follow their opponents’ lead with the bat. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, so if Australia are talking about taking a leaf out of England’s book then Eoin Morgan’s side are clearly doing something right.
Australia probably thought they were in a decent position at the interval of the opening ODI, having posted 304. But that target proved woefully inadequate and at Brisbane – if Australia bat first again – we may well see Smith’s side go on the attack from an early stage.
In Aaron Finch, David Warner, Travis Head and Mitchell Marsh, Australia have batsmen who can go aggressively from ball one – which would allow Smith to adopt the Joe Root role of providing stability.
Smith did admit that such a policy could backfire and see sides shot out for low scores on occasions, but to counter England’s approach they may have to take that risk.
The market makers clearly feel Australia will find the right response at the Gabba on Friday as 188BET have chalked up the home side at 1.57 for the win – with England available to back at 2.36.
If Australia are going to adopt an aggressive approach, Warner could be the man to cash in. He was caught out by Mark Wood’s extra pace in the first game at the MCG, but he will be aware of it in Brisbane and he makes some appeal at 4.00 with 188BET to be Australia’s top scorer.
Pace could be on show with the ball for Australia as well. With Josh Hazlewood missing out on account of a virus, they may turn to uncapped speedster Jhye Richardson. By all accounts the 21-year-old Western Australian brings serious wheels to the table and he can be backed at 5.00 with 188BET to make a memorable debut and be the highest wicket taker.
After such a brilliant display in the opening game, expect England to be unchanged. Leg spinner Adil Rashid can be backed at 4.00 with 188BET to be England’s leading wicket taker, while Roy is priced at 4.00 to repeat his Melbourne heroics with the bat.