The third and final ODI between Australia and New Zealand is on tomorrow at Melbourne Cricket Ground. Australia have already sealed the series by winning the first two matches. Both those matches followed a familiar pattern. Australia batted first and scored a mammoth total. New Zealand chased more in hope than with purpose and ended up losing the matches. The visitors need to change the flow of events. They had an opportunity to do that in the second match. Kane Williamson won the toss and instead of batting first he chose to bowl first. Australia happily accepted the invitation and continued the trend. Will New Zealand be able to reverse the trend? That is the big question for cricket betting as well.
Preview – Australia
Australia are slowly moving back to their invincible self. Batting looks mighty. Steven Smith scored a century in the first ODI and David Warner scored another in the second ODI. Aaron Finch and Mitchell Marsh looked in good touch too. Bowling too looks sharp and effective. The presence of all-rounders like Marsh, Travis Head and James Faulkner adds depth and balance to the squad. If the strengths on paper are what matter, all cricket betting moves must be in favor of Australia.
Preview – New Zealand
The Kiwis must be playing for pride here. They have to prove that they are no pushovers. Martin Guptill scored a ton in the first ODI and Williamson scored one in the second. However, there was no collective effort with the bat. Australia clearly have a better bowling unit. That could be the difference between the sides. The pressure on Australian batsmen is off once the new ball bowlers finish their first spell. However, when New Zealand bat, they face the twin pressures of scoreboard and accurate pace bowling of Mitchell Starc and company.
Conventional cricket betting logic suggests Australia are the favorites. However, this is a dead rubber and there could be changes in the eleven. So anything can happen.
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