England seek repeat dose in Sydney

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Jonny Bairstow and Eoin Morgan

England made a dazzling start to the ODI action against Australia and another win in Sydney on Friday would give them total command in the five-match series.

The tourists chased down in excess of 300 to take the series opener at the MCG, making it a little surprising that they are odds against to secure victory at the SCG.

At 6/5 to win the match England are definitely worth a look, with 4/7 for Australia to level the series not all that tempting by contrast.

In chasing the win in Melbourne, both skipper Eoin Morgan and Jos Buttler fell cheaply as the tourists neared the winning line and both players will be desperate to make amends in Sydney if they get the chance.

Morgan in particular, 6/1 to be top team batsman, has been short of runs recently, passing 50 just once in his last seven ODI innings.

The big-hitting Buttler is without a half-century in five knocks, so 13/2 to be top team batsman would be a bit of a leap of faith.

If you fancy the England top-order to fire again, opener Jonny Bairstow will surely be keen to prosper after a loose shot cost him his wicket at the MCG and being first to go, 7/2 to be his side’s leading batsman is worthy of consideration.

With the ball, Sydney often favours the spinners more than any other venue in Australia and for the hosts young leg-spinner Adam Zampa has taken five wickets in his last two ODIs at the SCG.

At 4/1 to be top team bowler he could have the edge of the Baggy Greens seamers, while for the Three Lions, Adil Rashid is likely to enjoy the more helpful conditions.

He took two wickets in Melbourne, even though they came at a cost of nearly 80 runs, so 7/2 to be top team bowler in Sydney appears to be a decent option.

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