Sunday, July 1, 2012

The Aussies are here

The Australian cricket team are on British soil ahead of their short-form series against England that will whet the appetite of the online Cricket betting community before another Ashes series next summer.

Michael Clarke and his squad will be looking to continue the nation’s impervious ODI form, for Australia have lost just three in 17 series stretching back to January 2009.

So what can we expect from the Australians this time around?

Well, Clarke’s ODI juggernaut doesn’t look to be losing momentum, with the side undefeated in a 50-overs series since they beat England in winter last year – just after their Ashes humiliation.

They convincingly swept aside Bangladesh in April 2011, before beating Sri Lanka 3-2 on the sub-continent.

In fact, Australia have not played a home ODI series since humbling England 6-1, with schedulers appearing confident enough to let them take on anyone who wants the challenge.

The team was superb in 2009/10, winning every series or one-off game thrown at them, but after the Ashes defeat a new-look Australia has developed.

Their most recent series against South Africa (won 2-1) and a 2-2 draw against the West Indies does show a potential frailty however.

Shane Watson, David Warner, Ricky Ponting and Clarke lacked consistency in Australia’s top order that will need to change if they are to overcome England.

A few new names will need to impress if they are to defy the odds and come away with heads held high.

Warner, along with four other young talents, is facing his first ever international series in England, and may well be nervous about what to expect against a fierce bowling attack.

The series is the start of a congested two-year programme for the tourists that aims to rocket them to top spot in the cricketing charts once again, and Clarke will no doubt meet England on 29 June with that task in mind.

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