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Nic Ladds 15th Jan 2009 - 17:55

MCG history dictates, South African victory

The wee small hours of Friday morning will see the start of the five match One Day International series between Australia and South Africa, the first of these at the MCG should be a tourist win.

A South African team who won the Test series as tourists against the Aussies, were then beaten back as Australia took a 2-0 victory in the Twenty20 series, will be pleased to hear of Australian opener Matthew Hayden's recent retirement as another quality Aussie star steps back from international duty.

The South Africans will be looking to use this weekend to build confidence in the team and nothing builds confidence more than a 1st ODI win which is not at all out of reach. In fact, looks likely.

If history is anything to go by, South Africa are the team to get your money on at 7/4 in the betting for the first ODI as believe it or not, the Proteas have never lost an ODI match to Australia at the MCG. Of the five times the two cricketing giants have met, South Africa have walked away victorious on every occasion and of Australia's last four ODI's on this ground, they have lost three.

So, looking toward the betting for the first ODI and here at William Hill, we have a large selection of betting markets to cover all the action.

From match betting, where the home side are a short 2/5 to go against all that history - to batsmen & bowler match bets where for example, you can decide who'll score the most runs from the pair of Hussey's, take the most wickets between Shaun Tait and Nathen Bracken - or even players to score / not to score half centuries where you could find some surprising value.

Consistant Ricky Ponting is 4/6 in a "score most runs" match bet against Shaun Marsh (11/10), however we are unable to split JP Duminy & Jaques Kallis, 10/11 each for the largest figures of the pair.

Whichever way you cover the action, the 1st ODI may be the most exciting of the five and there must be value hiding in out plethora of 1st One Day International markets.

Australia v South Africa 1st One Day International - View all markets 

1st ODI. Australia v South Africa at Melbourne - January 16, 2009
Match scheduled to begin at 14:15 local time (
Friday 03:00 live on Sky Sports 1) 

  • 2nd ODI. Australia v South Africa at Hobart - January 18, 2009
    Match scheduled to begin at 14:15 local time (03:15 GMT)
  • 3rd ODI. Australia v South Africa at Sydney - January 23, 2009
    Match scheduled to begin at 14:15 local time (03:15 GMT)
  • 4th ODI. Australia v South Africa at Adelaide - January 26, 2009
    Match scheduled to begin at 14:15 local time (03:15 GMT)
  • 5th ODI. Australia v South Africa at Perth - January 30, 2009
    Match scheduled to begin at 14:15 local time (03:15 GMT)
 
 
 

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