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Destroyer Finch to lead Australia to win over England in fifth ODI

| 25.01.2014

The Adelaide Oval is the venue for the fifth and final ODI and Australia can benefit from the return of Michael Clarke to win the game at 8/15.

George Bailey captained the side during their loss in the fourth one day match, and will still lead the team, however Clarke will be by his side.

The latter was one of several big players given some time off but he is ready to return despite an on-going back injury, although David Warner, Brad Haddin and Mitchell Johnson will all be rested.

Bailey explained: “I don’t think and of the players have got an issue with the fact those guys had earned a rest.

“But I’m surprised that Pup’s (Clarke) actually coming back after missing just one. I thought he might miss two, as far as the job being done of winning the series.”

Bet on Australia to win at 8/15

The return of Clarke and Shane Watson signals the Aussies’ intent to end the series on a high and take their momentum into the T20 series which begins next week.

Sunday’s game is a day/night match once again and it’s worth noting that England’s recent victory came in a match which was played in normal hours; they have lost their last three under the floodlights.

Adelaide may not be the biggest of grounds but the 30,000 venue will be a rowdy affair with the game taking place on Australia Day, and the hosts have won three of the four previous times this has occurred.

Bet on Aaron Finch to be Man of the Match at 9/1

England come into this match on the back of a victory – a rare thing to say at present – having beaten the hosts in Perth.

They made 316 for 8 in their 50 overs, thanks to 70 from Ben Stokes and 71 from Jos Buttler, and despite Aaron Finch’s 108, they beat the Aussies by 57 runs.

Australia didn’t bowl well that day and England fans will be encouraged by Australia’s moderate form at Adelaide in one day matches; they have won just one of their last five at the venue.

However with Clint McKay and Xavier Doherty set to come back into the bowling attack with points to prove, and James Faulkner capable of taking wickets, the Aussie attack should fare much better.

Bet on James Faulkner to be Man of the Match at 16/1

Faulkner has taken nine wickets in four matches at an average of 27 and his batting has also been more than solid.

He is 16/1 to win the Man of the Match award and is certainly of interest, as is Finch who is devastating with the bat when on-form.

The opener is 9/1 to lift the prize and he has made 261 runs already in the four games of this series, making two centuries in the process.

He would have won the award in the last game but for Ben Stokes’ efforts in a winning team and if Australia win this game then it’s likely Finch will have played a big part.

The 27-year-old averages over 36 in ODI’s and can once again take advantage of an embryonic England bowling attack that is still getting to know one another.


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