About the Match
England and Australia will face each other in the third Champions Trophy match, but opening game of Group A. This match might not weigh as heavy as the Ashes does, but it is a match carrying very high importance. The match would begin at 9:30am GMT on 8th June 2013 at Birmingham. England, being the home team, would certainly be crowd favorites. Australia is a young side having plenty to prove after their recent loss to India in India. Both the teams are evenly matched on paper and it is expected to be cracker of a game.
England is a side full of surprises. They have excellent bowling attack which can come remarkably good on their day and when it’s not one of those days they might spray the ball all over the pitch. With Alastair Cook and Ian Bell at the top and Trott to follow at one-down, their batting at the top looks as stable as anything. However, when it comes to acceleration, they largely depend on Eoin Morgan and Joss Buttler. They recently lost the bilateral series to New Zealand, but one could have an argument of their two main bowlers missing. England is a well-balanced side with excellent bowling and stable batting who would be difficult to beat at their home ground.
Not unlike England, the present Australian team too can have plenty of surprises in the box. Michael Clarke is suffering from bad back and won’t play in their opening game. George Bailey who has done well at the international level is likely to lead the side. They would like to forget what happened on the other day in their second practice match against India. They were rolled out for a total of just 65 runs. When it comes to batting, it looks mighty with Warner and Watson at the top, but there is nothing much after them. They have excellent bowling attack with Starc, Faulkner, Johnson and Watson present in their side. Australian team may not look as good as they were, but with Watson and Warner at the top and excellent bowling, they still have the team which is tough to beat.
England would be feeling good after that consolation victory against New Zealand. Australia, on the other hand, would love to forget their last outing which was nothing less than a disaster. Can England make full use of the home conditions and outperform Australia in an important game. Australian team looks superb when one of Watson or Warner gets going, but they look to be a little too over dependent on the duo. With Warner not in best of his form and the excellent bowling attack of England, I’d go with the team that looks better on paper, England.
England, 1.80 @ William Hill
As mentioned earlier, the Australian batting is largely dependent on how their opening pair performs. Warner has been out of touch after he started well in the IPL while Watson is the man in form with a hundred in the first Warm-up game. With Watson in sublime form and Warner not among the runs, the following bet might present good returns.
Watson v Warner - Batsman Match:
Shane Watson, 1.73 @ William Hill