CRICKET BETTING: Live on SkySports1: Thu 14:00: Australia and England move onto the 2nd ODI of 5 and England have already got 1 win under their belts – the Aussies will be desperate to amend that.
Following the opening match, in which England were triumphant, the ODI series between England and Australia moves onto Cardiff and to Sophia Gardens.
In something of a shock, England have suddenly become quite good at limited-overs cricket but are still outsiders, if only just. Bet365 put even money on England whilst Australia attract 4/5 in general, 10/11 at Boylesports. It’s England who can do it again though. They are the form team of short cricket and whilst Australia are always a danger, England can press home an advantage with Ponting’s men on the ropes.
Michael Clarke and the excellent Eoin Morgan were the only players to hit over 40 runs last time out, though Kieswetter did show some nice touches. England can’t be reliant on one man and must hope Pietersen or Strauss can also step up. KP is 10/3 at 888sport to top score on Thursday (for England).
Australia’s main problem is the inadequacy of their attack which still looks a little flimsy. Frustratingly for Aussie fans, the brutally excellent Shaun Tait will be watching from the stands as he prepares to turn out for Glamorgan in the Twenty20 competition, Australia seeing him only as a T20 player nowadays.