England will go head on in the T20 of the three-match series against Australia at The Rose Bowl in Southampton on Friday.
England and Australia will collide after two years and the cricket fans across the globe are dying for the encounter to kickstart. Two heavyweights are going to start preparing for the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 which is supposed to be held in India.
Both England and Australia have named full strength squads for this forthcoming series and it definitely looks like they mean business. One can be rest assured that if the rain gods bless us and decide to stay away from this series, we are in for an enthralling contest.
While these two teams gear up for the first game of this T20 series, let me take you through three of the best team bets that I have gathered for you to bet on. So, let's get started.
The bookmakers have laid down the odds heavily in favour of the hosts and that is quite obvious as they have been in the mix of cricket for the past 10 weeks, which involved, Tests, ODIs and T20Is as well. England have won 3 out of their last 5T20 international games, whereas Australia have managed to win 4 in as many matches.
England and Australia have played twice at The Rose Bowl in Southampton in the past and both teams have won one match each. In the last four meetings, England and Australia have managed to share the spoils (2 wins for the Aussies and 2 for England) and so far as you can see, there's hardly anything to separate these two giants.
However, Australia and England have collided on 5 occasions on the English soil and the Three Lions have managed to win 4 of them. The last time these two teams played a T20 international game in Birmingham more than 2 years ago, England had the last laugh and outclassed the visitors by 28 runs at the end.
Coming into this series Australia will be a little rusty and thus the odds of 1.75 has been offered by Sportsbet.io for an England win day after tomorrow.
Now Australia might succumb to the pressure of performing in the first game of the series but they are not going to let England win the matchup for sixes. They have plenty of serious hitters in their ranks in the form of their skipper Aaron Finch, David Warner, Glenn Maxwell, Alex Carey, Marcus Stoinis and more to make us win this bet.
In 15 head-to-head meetings, Australia have smashed 110 sixes compared to England's 70 of them. In the last five encounters between these two sides, the Aussies cleared the boundary ropes on 41 occasions and England could do it only 30 times. At The Rose Bowl in Southampton, in the couple of matches that Australia have clashed against the hosts, they hit 18 sixes and England could hit only 8 of them.
When the Three Lions and Australia met the last time, both teams managed to hit 10 sixes each. Royal Panda has offered odds of 2.10 for Australia to hit more sixes in the game and I don't see any other alternative.
The Three Lions, on the other hand, are the frontrunners to win the race of fours against the visitors. The numbers and statistics that I am going to put forward now, you will spot the differences between the two sides rather easily and come to a conclusion even before you finish reading right till the end of this piece.
England have clattered 225 fours in 15 matches against Australia and that is an incredible average of 15 boundaries per game! Australia, on the other hand, have managed to hit 198 fours, which is also not less as a number but still adrift of the hosts. In the last 5 head-to-head meetings, England smashed 69 fours and Australia hit 70 of them and the difference is just not there in this case.
However, at The Rose Bowl, in Southampton, England have clobbered 43 fours in 2 matches and Australia have managed to hit 29 of them in as many matches. When England and Australia collided the last time in a T20 game in Birmingham, the hosts clattered 22 fours and the visitors could only hit 15 of them.
In case you are sure about this market already, then jump over to the 10Cric website as they are offering odds of 1.95 for England to hit more fours in the forthcoming encounter.
England to win - @ 1.75 (Sportsbet.io)
Australia to hit more sixes in the game - @ 2.10 (Royal Panda)
England to hit more fours - @ 1.95 (10Cric)