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Stuart Dalgleish 8th Sep 2009 - 12:01

Time for England to deliver

After two failed run chases in the first two ODI's England need to step up to the plate and make sure they're still in the series by the end of Wednesday.

In both games so far Australia have given England extremely modest and below par totals to get but England's batsmen have really struggled to get going, throwing away great positions to win and only Paul Collingwood (6/1 to top score for England) has managed to get a score of over 50.

The disappointing thing for England is that it's not even brilliant bowling that has been their downfall - it's poorly timed shots or little nudges through to Tim Paine behind the stumps that have seen the Three Lions lose their wickets.

A couple of positives for England though have been the return to form of Ravi Bopara (4/1 to finish top England run scorer) and the stroke making of Luke Wright (6/1 top bat). I would include Adil Rashid's fine showing in the first ODI but he was then dumped straight after!

Bopara to be fair had a shocker in The Ashes and was rightly dropped for the final Test, but credit where credit's due, he went back to Essex, got his head down and scored some runs, he looks like he's regained some much needed confidence and can count himself unlucky to not have a half century to his name so far this series.

Wright has flattered to deceive on a few occasions for England but I think now he's starting to look at home a little further down the order, if he can just get his timing right a big score is surely just round the corner and once he does that he could be up there with Kevin Pietersen as one of England's real dangermen.

If these two can keep up their form and Andrew Strauss (10/3 to top score for England) can extend his excellent batting performances then England should be able to get the better of Australia this time.

England will however be without two players for this match, Joe Denly is struggling with a knee problem while Stuart Broad has a neck strain and is to be rested for this game.

The hosts are 11/8 shots to win the match (9/2 to win the series), while Australia are 8/15 for the match and huge odds-on shots at 1/8 to win the series outright.

Callum Ferguson has been the man for Australia so far with the bat, top scoring in both one-dayers - he's a 5/1 chance to make it a hat-trick. Cameron White has also played well, scoring a 53 and a 42 and could be there or there about's again - the number 3 is 9/2 to top score for Australia in this game.

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