1st ODI: Can England do the treble after Ashes and T20 triumphs?
Australia (odds-on 4/6 favourites with Coral to win at The Rose Bowl) may be the 50-over World Cup champions, having claimed the title on home soil at the start of 2015. But England (6/5) come into this first of five ODIs high in confidence after beating their visitors in both the Ashes Test series and then a one-off Twenty20.
On top of that, Eoin Morgan’s men also saw off the World Cup runners-up New Zealand in the early part of this summer after a 3-2 thriller. Australia now have to face England on enemy soil too, so don’t expect things to go all their way.
Captain Morgan will be hoping to lead the way, as he did in the most recent international T20 against the Baggy Greens where he smashed 74 off just 39 to help his team to a narrow five-run win after a high-scoring clash in Cardiff.
The England skipper is a 4/1 chance to be best batsman again, and is also the result of a Coral matchday special. Odds of 12/1 say that Morgan will get the highest score for the hosts and his side win (maximum stake (£20).
Spinning all-rounder Moeen Ali also ably assisted the Irishman, hitting 72 from 46 balls, so is an enticing 5/1 in the same market.
Other tempting shouts include super smashing duo Alex Hales and Jos Buttler, who are priced at 3/1 and 9/1 respectively, while David Willey is 12/1 after recently hitting a 40-delivery hundred for Northamptonshire in the T20 Blast quarters.
With the ball, Willey is the joint favourite at 7/2, along with Mark Wood and Steven Finn. But Ben Stokes, who showed nerves of steel for the final over in the T20 against the Aussies to prevent them from winning, is a more tempting 4/1.
For the Baggy Greens, new skipper of all formats Steve Smith is the safest bet to take, especially following his terrific 90 knock off 53 balls at Cardiff and topping the total batting charts in the Ashes for runs scored. He tops the market to be best Australia batsman again at 11/4.
Yorkshire’s Glenn Maxwell managed to get 44 in that match, and is 11/2 in the same market, while David Warner and George Bailey are respective 3/1 and 13/2 shouts.
World Cup star Mitchell Starc, who got the joint most amount of wickets at the finals Down Under, is 5/2 to be best Aussie bowler here too. Pat Cummins, who took two dismissals in the recent T20, is priced at 5/2.
Coral’s betting tip: Morgan is looking in fine fettle after his superb hitting in Cardiff, and the captain is a terrific 12/1 to be best batsman for his team again and England win (max stake £20)