After the conclusion of the Ashes Series, England and Australia meet in two T20 games then an ODI series to conclude the International cricketing Summer. The T20 series begins on Thursday and here is a series betting preview

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Series to be a 1-1 draw at Evens William Hill

James Faulkner top Australian Bowler at 15-4 Bet365

David Warner top Australian Batsman at 7-2 Bet365

Ravi Bopara top England batsman at 9-1 William Hill

The two T20 matches are a day-nighter at Southampton on Thursday and a day game at Durham on Saturday. Both squads are much changed from the Test format. England introduce stand out domestic performer Michael Carberry to their T20 squad alongside usual T20 players Hales, Lumb, Morgan, Wright and Bopara. Australia are captained by George Bailey, with the likes of Marsh and Finch supplementing their Test Match players.

This is obviously a short series, in a randomising format, between two strong T20 teams. The most likely result, as is indicated in prices, is a 1-1 draw at Evens. Perhaps of more interest are the side markets for Top batsmen and bowlers.

Top Australia Batsman

David Warner and Shane Watson share favouritism here, no surprise as both will open the batting and are destructive T20 players. With doubts around Watson’s fitness I am unsure he will play both games.

George Bailey is likely to bat at 3 and is an accumulator rather than a hard hitting fast run getter. Shaun Marsh and Aaron Finch do not have Warner’s run scoring potential. The IPL million dollar man Glenn Maxwell has yet to fire in International Cricket, a few innings for Australia A aside, and after that we are into higher priced all-rounders

In a cameo at The Oval and a previous more substantive innings in the Fourth Test match at Durham, Warner showed that he was in form and with his experience in the format is an interesting play at odds of 7-2.

Certainly the most prolific Australain batsman in the T20 games with over 1200 runs in 44 international games and 9 fifties, amongst that total and bats when the ball is at its newest and comes off the bat best

Top England Batsman

A possible top six line up of Lumb, Hales, Wright, Bopara, Morgan, Buttler with Carberry and Root around too is not too easy to seperate in terms of recommendations as batting orders and line ups are fluid. Lumb and Hales have been out of some form for a lot of the summer .Morgan and Butler are there as finishers, the hope being they won’t be batting too many overs. That leaves Wright and Bopara. Both are valid selections in this market, both capable of big scores yet Bopara is priced at 9-1 and Wright 9-2. He is the clear value in this market, for small stakes, at a price.

Top Australian Bowler

Not a market I would normally pay much attention to, as the variables are high and results often do not correlate with actual performance in a format where late over slogging can see unusual results. However Australia have a stand out T20 performer with the ball in all rounder James Faulkner, priced at nearly 4-1 and fourth favourite behind new ball bowlers less skilled than he is at white ball cricket. He’s played 50 matches in T20 lifetime in Australia, The IPL and International cricket and taken 66 wickets, at under 20 a piece with three five wicket hauls. He’s certainly a value price, again for small stakes

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Series to be a 1-1 draw at Evens William Hill

James Faulkner top Australian Bowler at 15-4 Bet365

David Warner top Australian Batsman at 7-2 Bet365

Ravi Bopara top England batsman at 9-1 William Hill