3rd ODI: Can England be spurred on after Lord’s controversy?
There was a bitter taste in the mouths of England (13/10 with Coral for victory) players after the second ODI with Australia (8/13) at Lord’s, after visiting skipper Steve Smith appealed and stood with his request to dismiss Ben Stokes.
The all-rounder blocked an incoming throw by bowler Mitchell Starc, which was deemed to be an obstruction as it might have hit the wicket.
England will be hoping to use that disappointment and show of bad sportsmanship to inspire them to come back from 2-0 down to win 3-2 (8/1 chances to somehow do so).
Captain Eoin Morgan (4/1 to be best batsman for the hosts) once again led from the front, as he smashed a hopeful 85 in reply to the Aussies’ total of 309. However, unfortunately the rest of his team were able to back him up, as they ended up 64 runs short.
Jason Roy (31), James Taylor (43) and a spirited Liam Plunkett (24) provided some support, though, and are respective 4/1, 4/1 and 50/1 chances in the same market. Stokes, who was on 10 before being adjudged out at Lord’s, meanwhile, is 13/2 to make amends.
Short-game specialist Roy, who hit 67 in the first ODI, is the subject of a Coral matchday special, with enhanced odds of 12/1 available if he is top England batsman and his side win (maximum stake £20).
There will be at least one chance to the team, as form-lacking Jos Buttler has been replaced by Jonny Bairstow in the squad, so will fight for the gloves with Sam Billings.
With the ball, Stokes was most impressive last time out for the hosts, taking three wickets, and is 7/2 to be best bowler again. Test hopeful and leg-spinning all-rounder Adil Rashid is a 9/2 shout.
For the Baggy Greens, Smith again top scored with 70 at the Home of Cricket, and is favourite in the best Australia batsman market at 5/2, if he can overcome the guilt of contributing to Stokes’ dismissal.
George Bailey (54), Glenn Maxwell (49) and Mitchell Marsh (64) also impressed, and are respective 6/1, 11/2 and 9/1 chances.
Even Shane Watson (39) managed to finally get amongst the runs, but will take no more part in the series due to injury. The 34-year-old incidentally also retired from Test cricket following his knock.
Pat Cummins managed to take four wickets last time out, so jointly tops the market with Mitchell Starc at 5/2 to be best Aussie bowler.
Betting tip: Despite England losing their opening two ODIs, captain Morgan has looked in good touch, and is 4/1 to be best batsman for the hosts again