England bowled Australia out for just 214 before surviving two mini batting collapses to record a three-wicket win in the opening ODI of the five-match series.
The spin bowling duo of Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid did the bulk of the damage with the ball, sharing five wickets and bowling with impressive discipline. England bowled 138 balls of spin and in only two matches against Australia have they bowled more. However, both of those matches were in 2018, showing that Eoin Morgan has recognised Australia’s substantial weakness when facing spin, and are targeting it.
A fourth-wicket stand of 115 between Joe Root (50) and Eoin Morgan (69) kept England in control during the chase.
The pair fell within four overs of each other, with Jos Buttler dismissed in between, to give Australia a glimmer of hope but that soon faded and David Willey and Liam Plunkett saw England home with six overs to spare at the Oval.
England thus continued their recent dominance over Australia in ODI cricket, this was their eighth win in the last ten matches against them
The two sides now move to Cardiff for the second of the five matches in the series this Saturday.
Outright prices are England 4/7 Australia 7/4. Cardiff is generally a good batting wicket and shouldn’t take the spin the Oval wicket didand therefore Australia at 7/4 might be seen as some value. However this is a much weakened side minus their two best batsmen and three best bowlers and England are a formidable outfit
England should win at 4/7