World Cup warm up preview: Three things to expect from England vs Australia

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The World Cup starts on May 30th when tournament hosts England take on South Africa in the group stages at the Oval.

Teams are preparing for the six-week tournament with a host of international matches all over the United Kingdom.

It may only be a warm-up but when England play Australia it's never a friendly match between the two, both wanting to set a benchmark and warning to their rivals a week before the tournament begins.

With the squads now finalised, England can move past the selection questions that lingered throughout their series with Pakistan. Like it or not Jofra Archer is in, despite many questioning his 50-over experience.

With only the weather preventing England from completing a 5-0 whitewash of Pakistan, they compiled in excess of 340 runs in all four remaining matches and proved they could win whether they batted or bowled first, with the highlight being a thumping 358-run chase in the third match while having five overs to spare. The bowlers did their share especially in the fifth match, skittling the visitors out for 297 in less than 47 overs.

Australia completed their own whitewash of Pakistan earlier this year, winning 5-0 in when the two faced each other in the United Arab Emirates in March. The Aussies have played one warm-up so far, routing the West Indies by seven wickets with over 11 overs left to spare.

They welcome back David Warner and Steve Smith to the squad after their international exile for ball tampering and would love nothing more than to humble the English in their own back yard.

Australia v West Indies – One Day International

The two teams meet in Southampton at GIVEMEBET has a look at the best bets:

  • The Ageas bowl hosted the second match between England and Pakistan and the hosts put on a tremendous batting display. Four half centuries and Jos Buttler getting 110 from only 66 balls, England hit 13 sixes overall. Australia were patient and chipped away against the West Indies with only three sixes but 26 fours! England appear to have the power while Australia have the flair. England to hit the most sixes is 20/23
  • England have been strong in the field recently registering two run-outs last time out against Pakistan and three overall in the four-match series, while only giving away one of their own wickets to a run-out. Australia, in their five-match series against Pakistan, didn’t register one run out and lost three wickets that way. England to force the most run outs is 5/2
  • Recent form has shown that England have been careful to avoid losing their opening wicket too soon and the earliest dismissal they suffered was with 63 runs on the board and reached 94 without loss at the Ageas Bowl versus Pakistan. The batting friendly nature of the wicket suggests both teams will be able to rattle off runs quickly. Fall of first wicket over 29.5 runs in 20/23

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