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Cricket World Cup: Nab a huge price on England beating Australia

| 12.02.2015

If you’re a fan of cricket and think the upcoming World Cup is the perfect time to open a betting account, then Ladbrokes should be your first and last stop.

Anyone signing up for a Ladbrokes account can get a whopping 8/1 on England beating Australia in their opening match of the tournament, something that the rest of the bookie’s customers can only back at a measly 2s.

Under new leadership, this England side carry real hope of changing what has been a historic lack of success at the 50-over tournament, thanks to a vibrant young squad with the potential to play some exciting cricket.

With Eoin Morgan as skipper, the likes of Moeen Ali, Jos Buttler, James Taylor and Joe Root will look to pile on the runs with the bat, while Steven Finn and Chris Woakes join experienced duo James Anderson and Stuart Broad in the pace attack.

Woakes and Finn have been in particularly fine form in the lead up to the tournament, and they will likely be key to England’s hopes of bowling out a formidable Australian batting lineup.

With heavy-hitting pair David Warner and Aaron Finch looking to launch from ball one, England must be at their best in the field from the outset if they are to keep the host nation quiet.

Although the Three Lions have lost 13 of their last 15 ODIs against the old enemy Down Under, another positive for Morgan’s side is that hardly any of the current squad will have experienced the pain of losing so much to Australia in recent times.

Should the promise of a different outcome at a World Cup be kept by England, then beating Australia is the best way to start, which will have new Ladbrokes customers grinning from ear to ear.

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

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Matt Wiggins

No idyllic sound comes close to leather on willow for Matt, whose previous experience includes stints with Spin Magazine and Surrey County Cricket Club. It's not just cricket that interests him though, with football, golf, tennis and any American sport not played on ice all high on his list of favourites.