Josh Hazlewood To Star For Australia Against England At Edgbaston

There is still five months to go until The Ashes Series gets underway but England and Australia will be eyeing Saturday's Champions Trophy clash at Edgbaston as an opportunity to land a psychological blow ahead of this winter's clashes...

  • England have won 3 and lost 3 of their last 6 One Day Internationals at Edgbaston
  • Australia have lost just 3 of their past 15 ODI's against England

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Tips Josh Hazlewood Top Australia Bowler    Best Bet @ 7 / 2  

The Champions Trophy

The match also carries more immediate concern for Australia as they will definitely qualify for the semi-finals of the Champions Trophy if they win on Saturday, albeit they could also go through even if they lose depending on the result of Friday's match between New Zealand and Bangladesh.

The Aussies are yet to complete a game in Group A as both fixtures were washed out by the rain and they are slight underdogs at even-money for Saturday's clash (Ladbrokes).

England have had no such ill-luck with the weather as they have opened the tournament with wins over Bangladesh and New Zealand, and the hosts are 4/5 for another win in Birmingham.
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Hazlewood To Shine

England have done well but we are still not entirely convinced by their bowling attack, particularly with Chris Woakes out injured, while Jason Roy is desperately in need of some runs at the top of the order.

Roy has managed a meagre 47 runs in his last seven ODI innings for England and Betfred go 5/6 for England's opening partnership to score under 29.5 runs (Betfred).

Roy will be severely tested by Mitchell Starc and co., although it is Josh Hazlewood who has excelled with seven wickets in the Champions Trophy so far, including a stunning return of 6 for 52 from his last appearance at Edgbaston.

Hazlewood is a consistent wicket-taker as he has taken 29 in his last fourteen ODI's and he is a tempting 7/2 to be top Australian bowler again (Bet 365).

Hazlewood and his teammates could well be galvanised by the way that outside sources (most notably the weather and Cricket Australia's untimely videos) seem to be conspiring against them and they could well nick the win they need against an England side that is already looking forward to their semi-final.

England showed in the recent series with South Africa that they are not always at their best when it comes to 'dead rubbers'...
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Posted: Thursday, 8th June 2017
Author: Chris Knight

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