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Rupert Wyman 29th Aug 2009 - 11:25

Aussies can gain revenge straight away

Australia are probably still struggling to fathom how they ended up losing the Ashes. The tourists had the top three wicket-takers, six of the seven highest run-scorers and scored eight centuries to England's two.

Nevertheless the urn is back in England's hands following their 2-1 series victory. Attention now turns to the shorter formats of the game as the two sides face each other in two Twenty20 internationals and seven one-day internationals.

The first of which, is a T20 at Old Trafford on Sunday. The Aussies are priced as 4/6 favourites to win the match and this looks to be the bet as they will be determined to restore their badly bruised egos as soon as possible.

Australia warmed up for facing England with a single one-dayer against Scotland. The Scots were well beaten by 189 runs as Australia picked themselves up at the first available opportunity.

Captain Ricky Ponting has returned Down Under to rest before returning for the final three ODIs. In his absence usual vice-captain Michael Clarke leads the side which is also missing wicketkeeper Brad Haddin for the limited overs matches as he has returned home for surgery on his fractured finger.

David Hussey was the star batsman against Scotland as he scored his maiden ODI century. A repeat performance at Old Trafford will in all likelihood reward you if you back him at 6/1 to be top Australian batsman.

David Warner is the favourite in this market at 10/3 but for me he isn't consistent enough to back him at such a short price. Although he could you help along the way in picking up winnings if you back the 4/5 about Australia scoring more runs than England in the first six overs.

Michael Clarke is probably the safe choice at 7/2 but the younger Hussey brother could be the value selection.

Another positive from the match against Scotland was the return of fast bowler Brett Lee who missed the entire Ashes through injury.

Lee turned out to be a big miss as he would have given the attack the extra pace and bounce that he generates. He looked dangerous in spells against Scotland and will be eager to prove himself after his nightmare time in the ICC World Twenty20 earlier this year when he took three wickets at an average of 31.66 but went for an extraordinary 11.87 runs an over.

He could well come back with a bang in the shortest form of the game against the Three Lions and is priced at 9/4 to be the top Australian bowler, behind 2/1 favourite Mitchell Johnson.

If you think England will be the ones celebrating, yet again, come Sunday evening then you can back them at 11/10.

A day before Australia played Scotland, England face Ireland in an ODI at Stormont. England recorded an unconvincing three run-win via the Duckworth Lewis method.

The batsmen could only put on 203 runs for the loss of nine wickets in their 50 overs and a similar lacklustre performance against the Aussies will spell trouble.

It will be interesting to see the make-up of England's line-up as star batsman Kevin Pietersen is arguably a bigger miss in the shorter forms of the game than in Tests as England do not possess many who can increase their strike rate at will.

Kent's Joe Denly was the main man against Ireland as he top scored with 67, but will he even play against the Aussies? If he does he is 4/1 to top score once again.

Ravi Bopara is 7/2 favourite to top the run charts for England but given his awful form in the Ashes the Aussies probably have a psychological hold over the Essex man and this price should be well left alone.

Of more interest is the 9/2 about the classy Owais Shah. The Middlesex man is a key part of the England set-up in limited overs cricket and can probably count himself unlucky that he never came into contention for a place in the side for the 5th Ashes Test at The Oval.

Wicketkeeper Matt Prior is also an attractive looking proposition at 6/1 to be England's top batsman. James Foster was preferred for the ICC World Twenty20, but Prior returned to the England fold for the Ashes and look well composed both behind the stumps and with the bat as he was the second highest run-scorer for the hosts with 261 from his nine innings.

Stuart Broad practically turned the Ashes series around at The Oval with his devastating spell of bowling which produced figures of 5/37. The Nottinghamshire all-rounder and Andrew Flintoff's heir apparent is 3/1 to England's top bowler.

However, the preference would be for James Anderson at his home ground to deliver the goods at 9/4.

As always with Twenty20 cricket the match promises to be full of excitement and here at William Hill you will be able to follow all the action via our Live In-Play service which will offer you an abundance of betting opportunities throughout the match.

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