After Friday’s first match of five in the England-Australia ODI series was disappointingly washed out, Sunday sees the second game at Old Trafford.

Recommendation

Australia to win the Second ODI at 4/5 Ladbrokes

The remaining matches in the series are as follows

Sun 8th Old Trafford

Wed 11th Edgbaston

Sat 14th Cardiff

Sun 16th Southampton

Compared to Headingley, Old Trafford is a more spinner-friendly surface. It tends to be drier, but of course it remains to be seen whether the currently disappointing weather will allow for this.

In making any recommendation we have to be aware that there is the possibility of a curtailed match and the Duckworth-Lewis system put into operation to adjust run targets in the event of lost overs. In such scenarios it is typically a big advantage to be batting second having won the toss. Know what you are chasing and try to be ahead of the run rate if the rain comes

Accepting this, the fundamentals as described in the preview before the Headingley match premain in place. Australia look to have a better all-round team particularly in the strength of their bowling resources, with a likely bowling line up of Faulkner, Johnson, McKay supported by Ahmad and Watson. England on the other hand appear to be a bowler light in every possible combination. Behind Finn and Rankin, with the spin of Tredwell, overs need to be found from part-timers Bopara and Wright even if International debutants Jamie Overton and/or Chris Jordan are chosen. This is because James Anderson, Stuart Broad and Graeme Swann are rested after their Ashes extertions.

Being a bowler light could be crucial against the power and explosiveness of Finch, Marsh and Watson, albeit Warner has returned home.

This appearance of better balance in the Australian side probably justifies their modest favouritism at 4/5 for this game. Small stakes though, bad weather and ODI cricket do not go together for the punter, it only increases the randominsing variables at play!

Recommendation

Australia to win the Second ODI at 4/5 Ladbrokes