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England to break a record by wrapping up Australia series 4-0

| 10.07.2012

England have never previously won four matches within a one-day series with Australia before, but the 4/6 on offer that this feat is achieved at Old Trafford looks too good to turn down.

Australia have been largely woeful in the three completed games in the series and have lost by greater margins on each occasion.

They still have the opportunity to return home with some of their pride and it is 6/5 that they triumph to end the series with a 3-1 defeats.

Their task has not been made any easier by the news that experienced duo Shane Watson and Brett Lee have both returned home early with calf problems.

Batting is one area where Australia need to improve, with none of their batsmen managing to average above 40 in the series to date.

David Hussey did contribute with 70 in the latest defeat at Chester-le-Street and he may be the best option to be top Australian runscorer at 5/1.

Australia coach Mickey Arthur believes his team have been “bullied” throughout the series and so the bowling attack may also benefit from some added aggression.

All of the Australian front-line bowlers are 7/2 in this market, with Mitchell Starc looking interesting after his call up to replace Lee, given the strong form he has recently shown in English conditions when playing for Yorkshire.

The series has largely been a quiet one for Stuart Broad as he has taken just three wickets, but given he needs just two more to reach 150 in one-day internationals, this may spur him on to a big performance.

Broad is 7/2 to be England’s top wicket taker, although this does carry the risk that he may not play, as the selectors will almost certainly be weighing up the possibility of resting a few players ahead of the South Africa Test series that begins on July 19th.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.



Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.