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Rupert Wyman 5th Feb 2009 - 0:01

Australia to win, surely not

Australia go into the second one-day international against New Zealand at Melbourne in terrible form. The Aussies have lost five of their last six limited overs internationals which has seen them fall from the top of the one-day rankings.

Following on from the 4-1 ODI series defeat to South Africa, the world's new number one ODI side, Australia fell to a narrow defeat in the first match of the series against the Black Caps. New Zealand won by two wickets but only after winning it off the last ball of the match.

It is fair to say Australia are licking their wounds at the moment and with captain Ricky Ponting resting for the next two matches it is hard to see where the inspiration is going to come from.

Opener Shaun Marsh is injured and key all-rounder Andrew Symonds is absent following his radio outburst against New Zealand wicketkeeper Brendon McCullum prior to the series beginning.

This leaves senior players such as stand-in captain Michael Clarke and 'Mr Cricket' Mike Hussey needing to galvanise the troops.

But if there is one thing Australians don't like doing that is losing and their run should come to an end in Melbourne in the early hours of Friday morning live on Sky Sports 1.

The defeat in Perth although demoralising was very narrow and Australia's collective talent is far greater than that of their neighbours.

Therefore the 2/5 about an Australian win is still value. A win for the tourists can be backed at 7/4.

Mike Hussey will probably be the inspiration for an Aussie win, he top-scored in the first one-dayer with 49 and you can expect him to do so again at odds of 9/2.

Captain Michael Clarke is available at the same price as is explosive opener David Warner but Hussey looks the best bet out of the three.

For New Zealand Ross Taylor is favourite at 11/4 after hitting 64 in Melbourne. Opening wicketkeeper Brendon McCullum should do better than the duck he got in the first match but at odds of 3/1 he might be best avoided.

Left-armer Nathan Bracken, who is rated the third best one day bowler in the world, looks very appealing at 9/4 to be the top Australian bowler. He had figures of 3 for 35 in Perth and his accuracy and swing assures wickets in each match.

New Zealand captian Daniel Vettori is rated as the world's best in one-dayers and he is 9/4 to be top bowler for the Black Caps but Kyle Mills produced the goods last time with figures of 4 for 35 and at 3/1 he looks a better bet.

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