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England v Australia 4th ODI: Hosts to get caught early doors again

| 13.09.2013

Unless the good folk at the Met Office have got the weather for Wales wrong, not even the rain can save England from the Australian’s taking the series 2-0 at Cardiff.

Ever since the selectors’ decision to rest many of England’s best ODI players from the entire series, including skipper Alastair Cook, the buzz of the Ashes summer has evaporated.

Two games getting washed out have not helped, it must be said, but if the only completed match of the series so far at Old Trafford is anything to go by, this may be a saving grace for the under-strength hosts.

After that convincing 88-run victory for the tourists, they had England struggling once more at 59/3 before the game was washed out at Edgbaston, making the 8/13 for a series-sealing win for Australia the way to go.

Joe Root has been woeful with the willow, with scores of 12 and three, while Michael Carberry’s elevation to opener has resulted in the Hampshire bat returning just five runs, including that no result.

No fewer than eight of the 10 England wickets to fall against Australia in Manchester were catches, including the first three, adding a shine to the 4/7 for the first England wicket to be a catch.

Mitchell Johnson has been back to his 90mph best for the tourists and in particular has got in the head of Jonathan Trott, who was hit on the helmet before the rain washed the game out in Birmingham.

After taking two wickets in the second ODI, Johnson is worth consideration at 5/6 to get at least the same amount of wickets again, while Clint McKay’s three wicket-haul in that game gives the 10/11 attraction do the same.

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Christian Crowther

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