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ENGLAND v AUSTRALIA: Our cricket tipster The Edge previews ENGLAND v AUSTRALIA (2nd ODI) on Sunday with a recommended BETDAQ bet.


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:

What a fantastic series this has been so far! We’re all set for another excellent game of cricket on Sunday afternoon and it’s bound to be a very close game again. The odds are quite close again, but I have yet to see any reason why the teams shouldn’t be 2.0 the pair! Australia took a 1-0 lead on Friday night after successfully defending 294. As I noted in Friday’s preview, a chase of around 300 was always going to be tough under lights, however England simply lost too many early wickets.

We had a shock before the off on Friday as news only came out at the toss that Steven Smith was out with a knock on the head, we saw a big market move to reflect that, and he’ll surely be racing to get fit to be involved again. England shown signs of promise on Friday, especially with a 100 from Billings, however they were never in the game after losing Morgan and Buttler at 57/4. They need to start better. Australia can improve too but Mitchell Marsh looks in good form along with Maxwell. If they get a better start from Warner and Finich, they can post a big match winning score.


WEATHER AND PITCH WATCH:

The weather looks beautiful on Sunday in Manchester. There’s no chance of rain and it should be higher than 20 degrees. It will be a nice day for batting.

It’s reasonable to suggest batting might be a little easier first because it will be a lovely afternoon weather wise, however batting conditions will be more or less the same as Friday. 300 will be a reasonably tough chase again, but as England shown on Friday that when things go wrong, you can still get close. 300 is par for me, and can be chased if the chasing team play well. England thought they were ahead at HT on Friday chasing 296, however it’s always easier said than done.


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The one takeaway from the game on Friday is that England have a lot of improvement to come. They did very well to get so close after being 57/4. Morgan, Buttler, Roy and Root scored 28 runs between them and 23 of those came from Morgan. There’s obvious improvement there but Australia can improve too. They need a score from Warner, Finch or Labuschagne at the top of the innings – their lower order looks in good touch now with Mitchell Marsh coming in to steady them, but they need a better platform.

Once again, it’s hard to see much in this game. We landed a winner with Australia on Friday at odds against and I’m happy to take the odds against again here. They are worth backing at 2.12 in what should be another very close game.

The Edge Says:
Two points win Australia to beat England at 2.12 with BETDAQ Exchange.

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IN-RUNNING STRATEGY:

Friday went well as the team batting first defended around 300 and Mitchell Marsh presented a very good trade. I would be happy to be on the team batting first today too given good batting conditions are expected – however I would wait and see how the openers start. Neither side have openers in amazing form. Perhaps it’s worth opening a trade after they lose two or three wickets because neither side have very strong middle over bowlers.

Both sides made plenty of mistakes on Friday, and it’s hard to see one team being all over the other. All the games on the tour have been pretty close with plenty of wickets – I’d expect a pretty similar trading experience again here with plenty of flip flops along the way.

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