Hosts Australia take on England tomorrow in the opening match of the Cricket World Cup. It maybe Valentine’s Day but there will be no sign of the patron saint of love at the MCG as chocolates and red roses will be traded for blistering bouncers and smashed sixes. Well, thats what the bookies expect the Aussies to dish out to their most hated rivals as they look to continue their recent utter dominance of Alastair Cook and Co.
Australia head in to this match in great form having already dominated both England and India in the recent Tri-Series. In David Warner and Steve Smith they have two of the most concussive hitters in the world and a pace attack that just seems to get the job done. They will be without returning Captain Michael Clarke whose hamstring simply won’t be risked as selectors look to ease him in to the tournament, but lets be brutally honest the Aussies haven’t missed him anyway.
At $1.33 for the win against England Australia are hot favourites but those odds mean that your free $250 bet from Sportsbet won’t make much of a dent in your proposed holiday to Las Vagas. You are going to have to think a little outside the square if you are to cash in on what will surely be a perfect start for Australia in the World Cup on home soil.
The highest scoring batsman is always a good tip. The English pacemen have been a little bit powderpuff leading in to the tournament and you can expect Warner to have a field day, even with the dodgy weather forecast. Sportsbet are paying $3.75 for the big man to finish with the most amount of runs in this one.
My money is going on an all Aussie double with Mitchell Johnson to be top wicket taker along side a top score from Mr Warner. We have already talked about Warner’s qualities and we all know about Johnson’s. The English batsman have some sort of phobia when it comes to the left hander and I don’t see that changing tomorrow. He is quick and extremely accurate. Throw in some over cast Melbourne weather and you can see why I am taking up Sportsbet’s offer of $11.00 for this particular double.
The cloud cover could play in to the hands of England’s Jimmy Anderson who is one of the premium swing bowlers in the game and if you think he will hit form you can get odds of $3.50, but on home soil with around 80,000 fans screaming them on for me it’s the Aussies all the way.