Cricket – Aussie ODIs in England – Preview – Odds & Predictions
Australia vs England – 1st ODI Odds – June 13
Australia vs England – ODI Series Winner Odds
Australian Cricket is going through a period of transition.
For better or worse, Australia has several new challenges to overcome;
• A new captain in Tim Paine.
• A new coach in Justin Langer.
• A series of inexperienced players to replace the suspended David Warner, Steve Smith and Cameron Bancroft.
• A gaggle of new quick bowlers to replace the injured Hazlewood, Starc and Cummins and;
• A soon-to-be new CEO of Cricket Australia.
With such tumult in Australian cricket now, it is no so small wonder that the Aussies are the rank outsiders to home side England with the bookies for the first and second ODIs and the 5-match ODI series overall;
Australia’s Team Changes
New skipper Tim Paine and new coach Justin Langer have both candidly admitted that this Australian side will proudly be a tough side, however, one that doesn’t bully or belittle its opponents. Given all the enforced team changes, there is little chance the Aussies will be able to bully anyone.
Much focus has been (and will remain on), the absence of David Warner and Steve Smith. Without their big three quicks in Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood because of injuries, Australia arrived in England with a group of rookie pace bowlers;
• Kane Richardson, Andrew Tye, Jhye Richardson, Billy Stanlake, Marcus Stoinis and the uncapped Michael Neser have only 35 ODI appearances between them.
• The spin department reads, Nathan Lyon (13 ODIs) and Ashton Agar (4 ODIs).
The full ODI squad: Tim Paine (c), Aaron Finch (vc), Ashton Agar, Alex Carey, Travis Head, Nathan Lyon, Glenn Maxwell, Shaun Marsh, Michael Neser, Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson, D’Arcy Short, Billy Stanlake, Marcus Stoinis, Andrew Tye.
England are deserved favourites. It will be interesting to see which of the new Aussie players step up to the challenge.