England continue to finalise their T20 World Cup preparations ahead of its start on Sunday, 16th October. After an entertaining and successful test against Pakistan, they move on to face the hosts, Australia in a three match series. We’ve previewed the first T20 in Perth and given you our best two betting tips.
Australia vs England T20 Tips
Australia have had a mixed run up to their defence of the T20 World Cup on home soil. First they went down 2-1 to an Indian side in a very closely contested series. Then, just this week, they put an inconsistent West Indies side to the sword 2-0.
The Green and Gold are leaving half their team on the Gold Coast for this first T20, with the likes of Adam Zampa, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins and Glenn Maxwell all being rested. This frees up spots for squad hopefuls Marcus Stoinis, Kane Richardson, Ashton Agar, Mitchell Swepson and Nathan Ellis.
England won 4-3 in a hugely enjoyable first tour of Pakistan for 17 years, which threw up several selection questions. Head coach Matthew Mott has already stated that Ben Stokes will bat at four but regardless of the Test Captain’s messianic status amongst the squad, his average in T20’s are poor and he has a top score of 47 in the format. The likes of Harry Brook and Ben Duckett were superb in the tour of Pakistan and Duckett’s ability against spin in the middle overs should not be overlooked.
There are also questions over the opening line up (where have we heard that one before?), as Jos Buttler returns to partner one of Phil Salt and Alex Hales. Hales and Salt both had one good knock in Pakistan but other than that struggled at the top of the order. It’s likely that Buttler’s club colleague Salt will get the nod but he needs to score consistent runs.
As a result of Australia’s weakened bowling line up, Betfred have England favourites for this one at 8/11, with the Aussies 21/20. If you needed an indication of how close this series will likely be, these two both feature in the top three of the outright betting for the World Cup. The hosts are the 11/4 favourites, whilst England are 7/2 to regain the trophy.
England to win – 8/11
England looked unbeatable at times during the series with Pakistan and I expect them to take an early series lead here against a weakened host team. Starc, Hazelwood and Cummins are huge misses, as is the spinner Adam Zampa. The likes of Buttler, Salt, Malan, Brook and Livingstone could have a field day against the back up bowlers.
Harry Brook top runscorer – 11/2
What most Yorkshire cricket fans already knew, the world found out in Pakistan. Brook is the real deal and will soon be a regular feature in all three formats for England. The man is utter class and has been described by many as the natural successor to Joe Root. He struck 238 runs at an average of 79.33 and a strike rate of 163.01 and regularly got in early due to the fragility of England’s opening pair. The 11/2 on offer looks generous.