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Rupert Wyman 20th Jan 2011 - 13:35

The time has come to back the Aussies

Australia v England - Second One Day International betting preview

Despite dominating in the Test Matches England come into this 2nd ODI match in Hobart on Friday morning under a little bit of pressure knowing a defeat would make it very difficult to win the series.

Australia are 8/11 favourites to win the match and that would put them 2-0 up meaning England (11/10) would need to win four of the last five games of the seven-match series if they are to follow up their Ashes success.

Shane Watson was the hero of the first match hitting a whopping 161 not out to help Australia chase down their target of 295 with five balls to spare.  The all-rounder is 5/2 to top score again and 6/1 to take the most wickets for the Aussies.

The Three Lions will be without Graeme Swann with injury whilst Jimmy Anderson and Stuart Broad will not feature.

Due to England's limited bowling options the likes of Michael Yardy (4/1 to take the most wickets for England) and Luke Wright (7/1) will be hopeful of a call up. Paul Collingwood who was dropped for the first game is also in the running, he is 7/1 to top score in the England innings.

The big talking point before the game is the return to the One Day fold of Matt Prior. He was named in England's 15-man World Cup squad at the expense of Steve Davies and is likely to open the batting in Hobart. He is sure to be keen to make an impression and the 4/1 for him to top score is appealing.

We have a number of specials relating to Prior's performance including 5/1 that he completes a stumping and 16/1 that he betters Shane Watson's score of 161 in the first match. A more realistic bet looks to be him to hit a fifty at 2/1.

The World Cup begins in India and Bangladesh next month and the selectors believe his game his more suited for the conditions than any of his rivals for the gloves.  England are rated as joint second favourites for that tournament at 9/2, Australia are close behind at 5/1.

Mitchell Johnson will miss the game with injury but Brett Lee should feature and he looks a good bet at 3/1 to take the most wickets in the England innings.  I expect Ajmal Shahzad to be boosted by his World Cup call-up and would back him at 7/2 to be England's top bowler.

Australia have gained momentum with back to back wins (20/20 victory and 1st ODI match) and are desperate for some measure of revenge for The Ashes humiliation. That that makes them a very dangerous opponent for England in this one.

With uncertainty over England's bowling line-up and changes at the top of the batting order I think The Three Lions may struggle to stop the Australian momentum and I would have to hold my nose and opt for Australia in the match betting market at 8/11.

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