Aussies face ‘must-win’ 3rd ODI at the SCG
Australia have been schooled by a resurgent England in the first two ODIs and are already down 2-0 in the five-match series. Australia’s ODI brains trust have plenty to ponder in looking for a way to win in the 3rd ODI on Sunday at the SCG. It’s inconceivable to us that Centrebet have Australia at $1.73 favourites for Sunday’s clash with England $2.10 outsiders. England are once again our best value bet for the SCG clash.
Australia appears confused
Such was the Australian confusion in considering how to take on a classy England ODI outfit after the mauling they received at the MCG, a knee jerk selection reaction occurred at The Gabba.
At The Gabba, to no avail, a top-heavy Australian team loaded up on batting. It was a reactive move to England’s powerful batting unit, which in turn exacerbated the Aussies thin bowling attack without a front-line spinner. In a major selection shock surprise, incumbent ODI spinner Adam Zampa was axed even though star Test off spinner Nathan Lyon remains curiously in the ODI wilderness.
The Aussies went on to be crushed again by a ruthless England who followed up a disciplined effort by their bowling attack (limiting Australia to 9-270) with a professional chase, easing to 6-274 with more than 5 overs to spare.
Australia – The Positives
Aaron Finch – Finch has played particularly well to score two hundreds, 107 and 106 in each of the first two matches.
Mitchell Starc – Starc looked all quality ripping through 4 England top order players with pure pace at The Gabba, finishing with 4-59 from his ten overs.
England – The Positives
In short, everything. Powerful batting and disciplined bowling. England, have twice chased totals in excess of 270 in Australia in the past five days. Prior to this tour, that record stood at zero successful chases from 10 attempts.
Meanwhile, Australia has completed their worst 12 months in ODI history, winning 1 of their past 10.