ODI Cricket: Ireland vs Australia Preview

August 27th 2015, 10:19am, By: sribham

Ireland will hope to surprise the visiting Australian side when they play the one-off One-Day International (ODI) at Belfast on 27th August (Thursday).

The Irish are one of the most consistent associate nations having sprung many a surprise. With the ICC schedule not kind on them, the hosts see every single opportunity as a chance to prove themselves.

William Porterfield was unhappy that they couldn’t get a chance to play Australia when the fixture was washed out three years ago. Having qualified for next year’s Twenty20 World Cup, Ireland will be gunning for an ODI scalp.

Australia, on the other hand, will be trying to bury the scars of their Ashes loss. The Aussies would love to kick-start the limited over leg of the tour with a win. Steve Smith will start his new journey as the captain of Australia in all three formats and should be raring to prove himself.

Ireland will look towards their captain Porterfield to provide stability at the top of the order along with the experienced Ed Joyce. Kevin O’Brien is known for his hard hitting and will be a tough proposition if he gets going. The retirement of Alex Cusack will be difficult but most of the Irish squad ply their trade in English counties and would be eager to prove their mettle.

The arrival of limited over specialists will boost the visitors. Glenn Maxwell will try to continue his adaption having turned up for Yorkshire in the counties. Mitchell Starc may be rested in view of the upcoming matches in England. That would leave a very young Aussie attack including Pat Cummins, James Pattinson and Nathan Coulter-Nile.

Underestimating the Ireland team has its own perils – something which Pakistan and West Indies have understood the hard way in recent times. The Irish take their cricket seriously and the Aussies should be wary of any sluggishness.

Smith had a mixed Ashes campaign but finished the series on a high with a match-winning ton in the final Test. He would like to celebrate his full-time captaincy with runs and of course, a win.


There isn’t much value on an Australian win at $1.08 at Sportsbet with Ireland considered an $8.00 chance.

There may be better betting options in the leading run scorer markets. Backing Steve Smith at $4.00 at Sportsbet to be top Australian batsman looks enticing, while for the hosts, it’s hard to go past Ed Joyce to be Ireland’s best at odds of $5.00 at Sportsbet.

_ _ _


Take note: Any of the tips in this article are simply the author’s opinion, so bet at your own risk and always gamble responsibly.  Also be sure to check out the Before You Bet Twitter Page for all our thoughts in the lead up to bets! Happy punting!


2019 Men's French Open Preview & Betting Tips

All the best men's tennis players in the world are flocking to Paris to take part in the French Open, which starts on Sunday night (AEST)! Check out our preview and best bet for the tournament here! read more

Australian Betting Sign Up Bonuses Ending Soon!

The end of an era in Australian online sports betting is fast approaching! As of the 26th of May, Australian bookmakers will no longer be allowed to offer sign up bonuses to new customers! Take advantage of the offers that are still available here. read more

2018-19 Rugby Sevens Series: London Preview & Betting Tips

The 2018-19 Rugby Sevens series continues this weekend as the tour heads to London! We take a look at the event in full and give our betting tips here read more

2019 Super Rugby Round 15 Preview & Betting Tips

Round 15 of the Super Rugby season gets underway with a fantastic double header on Friday night from 5.35pm! We take a look at all seven games over the weekend and give our betting tips here read more


Major Harness Races in Australasia

There are approximately 90 Group 1 level harness races in Australia and New Zealand each year; we've highlighted some of most high profile races on the annual racing calendar here. read more

Harness racing form: what are the most important things to consider

Harness racing form can be daunting to punters that are new to the sport and form analysis for the trots is certainly different to that of the gallops or greyhounds. We've listed what we think the most important factors to consider are when studying the form for a trots race. read more

Harness Racing Barrier Draws

Barrier draws are crucial in racing and they are especially important in harness racing. We've explained why barriers are such a key part of harness racing form study and their importance to determining a horse's chances here. read more

Harness Racing Glossary

There are many common terms used in harness racing that may not make sense to those new to the sport. Our harness racing glossary will help you understand what some of the key terminology means. read more


2019 AFL Round 10 Odds

Round 10 of the AFL season offers a fantastic nine game slate kicking off Friday night with the Swans hosting the Magpies! We have all of the odds for the Round 10 action here read more

2019 AFL Brownlow Medal Vote Predictions Round 9

Our 2019 Brownlow Medal leader was the only contender to pick up votes during Round 9 according to our vote predictions. Do we have it right? Check out our thoughts for each AFL match here. read more

2019 AFL Brownlow Medal Vote Predictions Round 8

We have nine players within three votes of the leader in the race for the 2019 Brownlow Medal after Round 8 of the AFL season. Check out where our votes went and who the big movers are here: read more

2019 AFL Round 9 Odds

We're up to Round 9 of the 2019 AFL season, with the action kicking off on Friday night with West Coast hosting Melbourne. Here's the Round 9 betting odds and lines for every match of the round, with thanks to BetEasy. read more

Ladbrokes Bonus