England v Australia 3rd ODI latest odds, news and free bets

England have won the first two ODI’s of the series and stand on the verge of a comfortable series victory against the Aussies although that hasn’t stopped some bookies from making the home team outsiders for Wednesday’s contest

Edgbaston is the setting for the 3rd One Day International between the Ashes rivals and bet365 (£200 free bets) offer even money about Alastair Cook and Co taking an unassailable 3-0 lead.

England kicked off the series with a narrow 15-run victory at Lord’s before a six-wicket triumph at The Oval and while one school of thought suggests that the Australians will be chomping at the bit to get back into the series, it’s the Red Rose that carry the momentum.

Ian Bell and Ravi Bopara both played a blinder with the bat in the 2nd ODI and Bell is a 7/2 chance (Ladbrokes) to be the Top England Batsman once again, while Bopara can be backed at 11/2 despite his knock of 82 from just 85 runs.

There were over four overs to spare for England as they took a 2-0 lead and the Aussies will hope that the top end of the order manage to preserve their wickets a good deal better, with Warner, Forrest and Clarke managing just 32 runs between them.

Sportingbet are bravest with their 19/20 quote about the tourists although one wonders whether their heads might drop in Birmingham with England looking to get the series wrapped up before the final two ODI’s.

Shane Watson is the man that every England bowler wants to get out, although he flew the flag well for the Aussies at The Oval and odds of 4/1 (Stan James free bets) seem pretty decent about the opener.

George Bailey was the other star performer with the bat as the Melbourne Stars player amassed 65 runs before being bowled by Tim Bresnan and 6/1 is probably too big about someone enjoying a rich vein of form.

Bresnan’s two wickets in the second match was enough for the Yorkshire medium-fast bowler to be top English batsman and the 27-year-old is 7/2 to claim the most Australia wickets, with James Anderson slight favourite at 3/1.

As for the Aussie bowlers, they struggled to get wickets a few days ago and Clint McKay is the preference ahead of Brett Lee as he looked more menacing in the 2nd ODI and looks appealing at 15/4.

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