Michael Clarke captains Australia for the first time and will be keen to avoid a slip up on his first assignment in Bangladesh.
The Aussies are just 2/9 (Skybet) to win Saturday’s opener in Dhaka and in reality, Clarke will not have to do an awful lot of proactive captaining to guide his side through what should be a straightforward win.
Bangladesh are 7/2 with Totesport to grab a surprise win and while its impossible to say Australia are without competitive match practice having just competed in a World Cup, the home side will hope a week off and the rising temperatures in Bangladesh will just throw Clarke’s men off a touch.
Bet365 have 11/4 about the series finishing 2-1 in Australia’s favour if you think Bangladesh can snatch a victory at some point while have them as an unlikely 7/1 shot to win the series.
In the opener, Bangladesh’s left-arm spinners will be targeting the batsmen on some turning pitches. Shakib Al Hasan is a source of hope, he is a good shout to take the most wickets for Bangladesh in the 1st ODI.
Meanwhile, new captain Michael Clarke is 5/1 with Boylesports to top score on his debut in charge while opener Shane Watson is the 11/4 fav with Paddy Power to blast a top score in a match that Australia should comfortably win.