England v Australia betting tips including why the recalled Peter Handscomb could be a good bet for Australia top batsman.


England v Australia betting analysis and tips


Big-hitters on the pitch


England v Australia will feature three of the seven biggest six-hitters of the tournament. And by that we mean players who hit 10 or more maximums.

Aussie skipper Aaron Finch has 18, Jonny Bairstow 11 but the king of them is Eoin Morgan, who has 22. Of those, 17 were hit against Afghanistan when he made 148. Completing the list of those in double figures are Windies pair Chris Gayle (12) and Nicolas Pooran (10), Rassie van der Dussen (10) and Rohit Sharma (14).

Despite being the tournament’s third-highest run-getter with 606 runs, Shakib Al-Hasan only hit two.

Australia look a decent price at 2.4 with Royal Panda on the England v Australia betting markets to hit the most sixes.


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Handscomb could be handy

You could have forgiven Peter Handscomb for telling the Australian selectors to do one when he was called up as a replacement for the injured Usman Khawaja on Sunday.

He was the sacrificial lamb when David Warner and Steve Smith were recalled at the end of their bans and included in the World Cup squad.

Of course, not answering his country’s call would probably have resulted in the end of his international career at just 28.

The man with the unorthodox yet strangely effective technique (in ODIS at least, he averages 35 from 21 games) was in decent form against India and Pakistan prior to the World Cup.

Given he’s coming in for Khawaja, he might well bat as high as three to avoid further disruptions to the batting line-up. That would mean Smith at four and then the all-rounders- Marcus Stoinis and Glenn Maxwell. If that happens, a quote of 7.0 with Betway about Handscomb top-scoring looks pretty big indeed.


Stokes a real cheapskate

We all know about Ben Stokes’ good tournament with the bat where he scored four fifties and on two occasions – Sri Lanka and Australia– was a one-man-show in almost getting England over the line in two tough run chases.


But what about his economy rate? At 4.65 it’s the best of anyone in the England team. Admittedly, his 44 overs pale in comparison to the likes of Jofra Archer’s 81 and Adil Rashid’s eight but 44 is still quite a big sample.

The man who made our list of Cricket World Cup bad boys has taken just two wickets in his last six outings but if he can replicate that economy rate over seven or eight overs on Thursday, that will go down as a mammoth contribution. Stokes is 15.0 with Betfair Sportsbook to do what he did against South Africa: pick up the man-of-the-match award.


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Interestingly, every player who has bowled for England at the World Cup took three wickets in a game at one stage or another (but not more): Stokes, Archer, Plunkett, Wood, Ali, Woakes and Rashid except…Joe Root. The test skipper hasn’t done too badly, though. Just 10 overs of seemingly innocuous off-spin brought two wickets at an economy rate of 5.5.


Incredibly tight between the two

In the last five years England and Australia have played each other 21 times in ODIs. It’s all pretty tight with 11 wins for England and 10 for Australia, England’s record massively boosted by that 5-0 drubbing last summer when the Aussies were still recovering from Sandpapergate.

That was countered by Australia’s six wins in a row between January 2015 and September 2015.

With everything so tight over the last few years and no real advantage to either side given the match is at Edgbaston, one could make a case for the outsiders being a value bet. Which ion this case is…Australia. They’re a best price of 2.26 on the Betfair Exchange and that’s good enough as the last of our England v Australia betting tips.


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Big Show Glenn Maxwell needs to show up


Glenn Maxwell doesn’t mess around, does he? The man they call The Big Show likes to put on just that.

He’s currently striking at 163 from nine knocks but is yet to get to 50 with a top score of just 46 not out.

Given Australia will probably need to either set a big total r chase one, they’ll need something more substantial from him than his usual cameo of a few big hits followed by getting out.

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