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ENGLAND v AUSTRALIA: Our cricket tipster The Edge previews ENGLAND v AUSTRALIA on Friday with a recommended BETDAQ bet.

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The Edge has been a professional cricket trader for over 12 years, and we are delighted to have his columns on BETDAQ Tips. He provides his best bets on a points scale between 1 and 5, with 5 being a rare max bet.

Because we see so much action in-running on cricket, he will also provide some in-running strategies that could develop in-play and lead to some excellent value bets. The Edge covers all forms of cricket: Test Matches, ODI’s and T20’s but his favourite competition is the Indian Premier League each season.


MATCH OVERVIEW:

We’ve had two brilliant T20’s so far, and hopefully we get another cracker on Friday evening. Australia simply weren’t good enough with the bat on Sunday afternoon and England ran out comfortable winners. The series is over now with a 2-0 lead, but Australia have only themselves to blame as they were trading 1.01 in the 1st T20 needing only 40 runs off 29 balls before collapsing.

We had big news on Monday as England have allowed Buttler to spend some time with his family, and as he has moved outside the Covid bubble he is now not allowed take part in Tuesday’s T20. He is a huge loss for England as he won them the game on Sunday and started the 1st T20 looking in superb touch before getting out. He was in great form and now England need to plug that gap. Having won the first two games, with the loss of Buttler England are no longer favourites! Australia were poor on Sunday though, and I feel that the market has over reacted to that news.


WEATHER AND PITCH WATCH:

We’ve had scores of 162/7 and 157/7 in the two games so far here. I would suggest that par is actually a little over those scores. Australia should have won the 1st T20 and England chased down 157/7 in only 18.5 overs. I think the team batting first should be aiming for at least 170. Australia thought that the pitch was getting slower on Sunday, but they batted poorly and it was possibly just an excuse. Batting conditions have been good. The good news is that we’re set fair for a game with the weather forecast good.


RECOMMENDED BET:

So far in the series I’ve had two bets on Australia at odds against and have two losers! Of course the 1st T20 was a little unlucky with them trading 1.01, and although they actually went off odds on in the end on Sunday they were easily beaten. They didn’t bat well enough. Clearly Buttler leaving the camp is a setback for England but I like them here at 2.06. I don’t think the odds should move that much for just one player; albeit a big player.

England still have a number of players in good form, and Australia still have to put in an impressive display with the bat which has yet to happen. Once again I see nothing between the sides and the team who plays the best cricket will win. But at the odds today, it is England who are the better value bet.

The Edge Says:
Two points win England to beat Australia at 2.06 with BETDAQ Exchange.

View the market here -> http://bit.ly/BDQ3rdEngAus


IN-RUNNING STRATEGY:

Clearly England will need a different opening strategy with Buttler gone, but Tom Banton should move up to open with Bairstow and he can easily tee off. He looks a very good young player and this is an excellent opportunity for him – I wouldn’t be against the England opening pair. Mala, Morgan and Ali all have scored runs at stages this summer and overall I’d want to be with the England batting rather than against it.

Australia have problems. Carey moving up the order didn’t work at the weekend, and now he has had two low scores. Smith hasn’t scored but starts a little slow for T20 and they just haven’t batted fast enough this series. I would happily support the England bowling especially Wood and Rashid who have gone well. Once again it’s hard not to see a few flip flops as we move through the game but overall the England batting has been much better and that’s what can win the game again.


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