Australia vs England ODI opens Perth Stadium – 5th match Preview & Tips
27 January 2018
England have an unassailable 3-1 lead in the 5 match ODI series despite handing the Aussies a consolation victory in the Australia Day ODI at Adelaide Oval.
As Australia and England head west, they face an unknown quantity. The two teams play the opening match at Perth’s new Optus Stadium and no-one is convinced how the pitch at the new venue will play.
What to expect from Perth’s new Optus Stadium
Will the pitch be true-and-quick like the traditional decks at the WACA? Or will it be slow and low like the first drop-in pitches at the redeveloped Adelaide Oval?
WACA staff have spent months preparing the drop-in pitches for the new stadium and have a message for Australia and England. Win the toss, bat first and post a score around 300. Expect a fast track, a perfect antidote for the in-form Aussie quicks.
England’s Form Slide
England will be aiming to bounce back after making their worst-ever start to an ODI during the Australia Day loss – when they crashed to 5-8.
The tourists recovered to post 196, but it wasn’t enough to stop Australia from securing its first win of the series.
However, England don’t like a fast track. We expect they’ll be facing a fired-up and full-strength Aussie-pace-attack fuelled by a raucous 55000 sell-out crowd.
Aussie skipper Smith excited by Perth’s new stadium
Smith took a glance at the drop-in wicket on Saturday; “The wicket looks pretty good. It feels quite hard at the moment. When the stadium is packed it’s going to be an incredible atmosphere.”
The Odds Lowdown
In each match in the ODI series, the Aussies have started as favourites. According to the bookies, it will be a nail biter to close out the series, CrownBet have the Aussies starting at $1.77 for the win and England close behind at $2.05.
Our best bet
Steve Smith to come back to form in his final hit-out of the summer before being ahead of the South African tour, a $7.00 bargain with CrownBet to be Man-of-the-Match.