Having played relatively more cricket in their summer, England have used the conditions to their advantage to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the T20 international series. Will Australia make a comeback in the dead rubber in Southampton on Wednesday morning (3am AEST)? We take a look at some reasons that might impact the game along with our betting picks.
Southampton, Wednesday 3am AEST
Australia’s batting has faltered badly this series. There have been patches of usual brilliance from their top order, led by captain Aaron Finch. However, losing key moments will often result in T20 losses against a clinical team. This was the case in both matches, as was admitted by Mitchell Starc.
"It's not an excuse but coming off five months without cricket doesn't help," Starc said. "You can't really simulate international matches by having nets or a centre-wicket practice. And T20 cricket is such a short game - those little moments have really cost us in the long run. We've been a little bit off where we want to be and I think that comes from a little bit of game time. There was still plenty of good stuff with bat and ball. I think we were just that little bit off, which I think you get from playing cricket.”
Australia will look to their best T20 player, David Warner, to carry them to a consolation win. He opened the series with 58 before he was dismissed for a duck in the second match. He is one of the best T20 players in the world right now, as is evidenced from some of his career stats (9276 runs in 282 matches at a strong average of 37.86). Impressively, he has a strike rate of 142 in his career. He also opens the innings, giving him the additional opportunity to bat longer than some of his colleagues.
Australia are a proud cricket team. They were beaten 5-0 in the ODI series in England after the ball tampering scandal in Cape Town. They were also beaten 5-0 in an ODI series in South Africa not too long ago. They will want to ensure they aren’t swept in another series, particularly against their fiercest rivals.
From a technical standpoint, they would have adjusted quickly after two matches, and be more prepared to win pivotal plays. Their bowling is arguably better than England’s with some fine fast bowlers in Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins. If there was one team I’d not want to rule out, especially with a full-strength squad, it’s Australia.
The NBA Playoffs continue on Saturday with another important double-header. As always, we have you covered with some great spread and player prop bets for both games right here! read more
The UFC returns to the Apex Center in Las Vegas, Nevada for a Fight Night card sure to provide its fair shares of finishes and violence. In the main event the Korean Zombie returns against Hawaiian powerhouse Dan Ige. read more
Another Friday night double header this week in the NRL as the Cowboys host the Sharks in the early game followed by the Panthers taking on the Roosters in the late game! Scooby has a full preview and betting tips for the clash here read more
The best Australian sports betting sites ensure safe and successful online betting for punters. Here's our list of the best sports betting options in Australia. read more
Julian Vallance from Sportsbet takes us through some of the key factors which he uses with pricing upcoming horse races such as performance ratings. Check out his video from Sportsbet here. read more
Over-Round is an important concept for both punters and sportsbooks. It's how Australian sportsbooks make money! All punters should understand over-round, how to spot it, and how to find better value on the Betfair Exchange. read more
Ever wondered why you can get such great odds at Betfair in comparison to other online bookmakers? We break down why that is the case and why Betfair isn't just for professional punters here read more
The bye rounds continued over the long Queen's Birthday weekend with just the six games across five days for Round 13. Check out our analysis, Brownlow vote predictions for Round 13 and our current Brownlow leaderboard here! read more
Just the six games of AFL during Round 12 of the 2021 AFL season but that was enough for the likes of Marcus Bontempelli, Dustin Martin, Darcy Parish and Clayton Oliver to add to their Brownlow Medal tallies. Who got the Round 12 Brownlow votes? Find out here... read more
We have a new leader in our 2021 Brownlow Medal leaderboard. After an amazing month, Melbourne's Clayton Oliver is now on top of our counts after Round 11. Check out who got our Brownlow votes and all the analysis from Round 11 here! read more
Some interesting games in Round 10 of the AFL season where the best players arguably came from the losing teams. Will the umpires see it the same as we did? Read on to find out our Brownlow vote predictions for Round 10. read more