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New players, same result as Australia to go 4-0 up in ODI series

| 23.01.2014

Australia may have taken the chance to rest the majority of their first-choice batting line-up for the fourth one-day international of this series with England, but it is unlikely to bring about a different result at a ground that has been depressing for visiting teams in recent years.

Michael Clarke, David Warner, Shane Watson and Brad Haddin have all been given the day off at the WACA, alongside all-rounder Clint McKay, which means that George Bailey will skipper the side.

Australia are still 4/9 to move into a 4-0 series lead despite their weakened team and this could be for good reason, as the nation has won its last six ODIs in Perth, dating back to 2009.

England are 7/4 to halt a run of nine successive defeats in all forms of cricket against Australia and they will arguably not get a better chance of ending this unwanted streak.

Although England have not been winning matches against Australia, the one betting market where they have been finding success is in terms of hitting sixes.

In all three ODIs thus far, England have registered more sixes than the opposition and so 6/4 has to be deemed a lucrative price that they do so again.

This is especially true given the absence of Warner, who has hit the most Australian sixes in two of the three ODIs to have taken place so far.

Warner’s rest also means a promotion to the top of the Australian batting order for Shaun Marsh, who has scored 55 and 71 not out in his two knocks of the series so far.

With this in mind, 7/2 is a fair price that he is the top Australian run scorer in Perth, although Bailey is worthy competition at 5/1, given that he will bat at three and scored 125 on his last visit to the ground.