Our Prediction: Australia to win, 1.75 Bet on Australia to win for Real Money
A second consecutive century by Aaron Finch was not enough to reverse the result of the first match as England marched to its second consecutive win. Australia made a number of changes but those did not reflect on their performance in this match. They are now faced with the prospect of losing the ODI series in just the third match of this contest.
Australia rung in the changes as they sat out Adam Zampa in place of Cameron White, brought in Alex Carey for Tim Paine, and Jhye Richardson for the rested Pat Cummins. Clearly, the Australian management thought that they did not have enough runs in the first game and packed this playing eleven with batsman down to number 8.
It did not seem like a well thought-out strategy, though, as a lot of batsmen were batting out of position. Cameron White has been scoring runs at the top of the order for the Renegades and so batting him at number 7 made little sense. Alex Carey also just scored a brilliant century while opening the batting but was down at number 8.
One would presume that having such a deep batting lineup meant that Australia could go hard at the English bowlers from the get-go but that also never happened. David Warner was out to Moeen Li after getting a start and only Aaron Finch seemed to try to take the initiative. Steve Smith and Travis Head were out to Joe Root of all bowlers leaving Mitchell Marsh to once again try to revive the inning with Finch at the other end.
The last powerplay for Australia from 40.1 to 50 overs produced just 57 runs and 5 wickets. It was ironic to see the England spinners exert such control on the match especially when Australia had dropped Zampa.
A total of 270 was never going to be enough on a flat Brisbane pitch and the Aussies knew that. Mitchell Starc bowled well and Jhye Richardson showed that he belongs at this level as well but the Australian bowlers were never able to build up sustained pressure.
Australia will have to question whether they stick with the same plan in the third match or once again try to do something different. We think Cameron White may be the fall guy here and be dropped back in favor for Adam Zampa.
Australia needs David Warner to score at the top because he can score at a much faster pace than the other batsmen and also go on to score the really big hundreds. Steve Smith, Travis Head, and the rest of the Australian batsman must try to push the scoring rate continuously otherwise they will struggle to challenge an excellent England ODI team.
2-0 up and the prospect of a series victory beckons England. It is something that their fans would have taken with glee after the loss of the Ashes and now they can even dream of a 5-0 drubbing. It is unlikely, though, that Eoin Morgan will be thinking that far ahead. He has marshaled his team with confidence and appeared to be very confident of beating this Australian side.
He said in the first match that even though it was Jason Roy who set up the victory, there were many other players in his team ready to step up. This is exactly what happened in the second match as Hales, Bairstow, Root, Buttler, and Woakes all played excellent hands to win England the match quite comfortably in the end.
If there could be one criticism of this England batting effort then it would be the lack of big scores even as multiple batsmen got set. Maybe it’s the new England ethos of continuing to go hard and not worrying about getting out that contributed to this but every batsman who came into bat seemed to be ready to take the attack to the bowlers.
Only Joe Root, who has been given the responsibility, of batting through the inning seemed content to rotate the strike. All the player in this England setup seem to know their roles quite well and are playing their parts perfectly.
We still think that the England bowling can be put under pressure but so far they have held up well as well. Mark Wood, Chris Woakes, and Liam Plunkett have a sameness about them that a good batting side should be able to exploit. Even the spinners, Ali and Rashid, are prone to give away runs when pushed into a corner.
Expect the Australians to come hard at the English bowling in this third match and we believe it will be the response of the England bowlers that will decide the outcome of the game.
There is plenty of batting depth and so England does not have to worry about scoring the runs but they have also fallen apart spectacularly at times while trying to push the envelope constantly.
England will be very confident going into this crucial match but must be wary of an Australia that has no option but to come out swinging.
A cloudy day has been forecast for match day in Sydney although the chances of rain have been pegged at just 10%. The pitch at the SCG always has something in it for the spinners. It has played a little slow in the BBL matches played there so far. The Aussies would be hoping for a pitch that has some pace in it that will favor their bowlers but they may not necessarily get that. Scores of around 300 have been insufficient in the series so far but we think 300 may be a winning total here.
The Australians are very dangerous when backed into a corner. They are the definite underdogs in this match and have now lost 5 out of the last 6 matches against England. We are, however, backing them to win and keep the series alive.
Back Australia to win.
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