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Big banker that Australia have highest 15-over score in second ODI

| 16.01.2014

England clearly don’t need any excuses to lose anything during this ill-fated tour of Australia and so defeat in the second one-day international seems almost too easy to predict in Brisbane.

Australia lead the ODI series 1-0 after their six-wicket success in Melbourne and even though Shane Watson is being rested for the remainder of the series, England’s Ashes nemesis Mitchell Johnson is back and raring to go.

Johnson is 5/2 to be Australia’s top bowler, with Clint McKay the big threat in this market at 11/4 after taking three wickets in Melbourne.

The Aussies are 4/11 in the cricket betting to take a 2-0 series lead, with England 2/1 to build on their triumph over a Prime Minister’s XI with another victory.

Backing against Australia is ill advised here, but punters will find a more favourable price in Michael Clarke’s men posting the highest total after 15 overs, which is available at 8/15.

Australia certainly have the bigger hitters at the top of their order, with Aaron Finch and David Warner both boasting strike rates of over 80. This is in comparison to England openers Alastair Cook and Ian Bell, who both don’t.

Finch took man of the match honours after his 121 at Melbourne and he is 7/1 to claim the same accolade again, while 4/1 is offered that he top scores in an Australian victory.

Not only did Australia post the highest 15-over score in the first ODI of this series, they also did in the three completed ODIs in the summer series in England.

In fact, the last occurrence of England registering a higher 15-over tally than any of their opponents was back in the group stages of the Champions Trophy in the earlier months of 2013.

Even Ireland got the better of England in this regard in their sole ODI before the summer Ashes series.