It has been an extremely good start for the T20 Tri Series for Australia with two wins from as many games and they head to the MCG on Saturday night to take on England again.
Heading into this series they were the lowest ranked side of the three teams but it just goes to show that the ICC rankings do not always hold much weight especially in the shortest format.
The Australian side has performed well with the bat, ball and in the field and it has been a real team effort all round with just about everyone (except the skipper) contributing so far.
Early on in Hobart it looked as if the English team was going to post a score of over 200 but major batting collapse saw them capitulate in the middle and last part of their innings.
It is a very difficult, almost impossible, task to stop a rampant Glen Maxwell but the English bowlers didn’t do themselves any favours.
They were also poor in the field, and a controversial catch that was reviewed and given not out by the third umpire, was a pivotal moment in the game.
Head To Head Betting
To be successful in the T20 format, it is important that you have players that can take a game away from the opposition and put their team in a commanding lead.
Australia have a few and two of them have performed particularly well so far in this series in Glen Maxwell and Chris Lynn. If they get going, noone can stop them.
The stand in skipper David Warner has looked promising at times and struck the ball well however he keeps finding a way to get out early on. We know what he can produce though.
Although we all seem to focus on the batting in a format that produces plenty of boundaries and runs, this Australian side seems to be well balanced with the ball.
Billy Stanlake and Kane Richardson have been outstanding at the top of the order and Ashton Agar has been very hard to get away when he has had his chance.
There is no doubting that this England team has plenty of batting talent in this team and will be looking for someone to make a big score.
They got off to a flyer in Hobart and apart from a 36 ball 50 from Dawid Malan no one stuck around long enough to build a genuine total.
It has become an overused phrase from the channel nine commentary team at this stage, but the intent was there from the English which is a positive sign for them.
David Willey had the ball hooping in the early overs and people would be have been forgiven for thinking he was bowling in English conditions with the Duke ball.
He produced a gem to get rid of Chris Lynn and will need to maintain that standard and also get some help from his other bowlers to tame this Australian batting order.
I would like Eoin Morgan to send the Australians in if he is given the chance and put the pressure on the Aussies to set a total. This may cause some false shots from a few of the Australian batsmen who can be at times a little over zealous.
Although the Australians have been excellent so far this series I still think the price is right for an upset.
Back England To Win @ $2.25
Top Australia Runscorer
Chris Lynn ($4.33) is currently an equal favourite in Top Australia Runscorer betting with David Warner ($4.33) and Aaron Finch ($4.33). D’arcy Short ($5.00) and Glen Maxwell ($5.50) are on the next line of betting.
As I mentioned earlier, any three of David Warner, Chris Lynn or Glen Maxwell can tear a game of T20 to shreds if they get going.
They are all in market and are genuine chances at top scoring for the Aussies.
Marcus Stoinis has been a great find over the past 18 months. He is a fantastic striker of the cricket ball and if things don’t go Australia’s way at the top of the order I think he is value to score a quick fire fifty at number 5.
Back Marcus Stoinis To Top Score For Australia @ $9.00
Top England Run Scorer
Alex Hales ($4.50) is currently an equal favourite in Top England Runscorer betting with Jason Roy ($4.50) and James Vince ($4.50). Dawid Malan ($5.00) and Jos Butler ($6.00) are on the next line of betting.
England have a well rounded side and even batting lineup and it was Dawid Malan who chipped in for the visitors in Hobart.
The skipper Eoin Morgan and Keeper Jos Butler are genuine threats in the middle overs and it wouldn’t surprise me if either or both were to chip in at the MCG.
Alex Hales struck the ball extremely well early on the other night before he was beaten by the flight and chipped one back to the bowler in Ashton Agar. He is very dangerous and can score a big score when he gets going.
Back Alex Hales To Top Score For England @ $4.50