Aussies Take Hot Form Into World Cup

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Australia head into the World Cup in hot form! Image courtesy of www.foxsports.com.au

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Australia v England


MCG

Saturday February 14 – 1.30 PM (AEST)


 


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Co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand, the 2015 ICC World Cup kicks off this week with the Aussies launching the tournament in this country taking on the old enemy, England, at the MCG on Saturday.

Australia have been in red hot form this summer, winning the Test Series against India 2-0 and then taking out the Tr-Series without dropping a game against India and England.

And they have been super impressive over the 'old dart' in the 50 over version of the game at home. The Australians have won 13 of 15 ODIs on home soil against England over the past four years, including three from three in the recently completed ODI Tri-Series.

The Aussies opened the Tri-Series less than a month ago with a 3 wicket victory over England at the SCG, thanks mainly to Mitchell Starc's 4/42 and Dave Warner's 127 off  115 balls. Then in Hobart, Steve Smith's men chased down 8/303 with 1 ball and 3 wickets to spare. Then in the final at the WACA, the homeside made 8/278 after handy contributions by Glenn Maxwell (95/98), Mitch Marsh (60/68) and James Faulker (50n.o. off 24 balls). They then bowled out the tourists for 166 to win by 112 runs. Maxwell sealed man of the match with 4/46, while Mitchell Johnson returned from his rest to take 3/27 and Josh Hazelwood 2/13.

For all the dominance, this is a new series and as the old cliche goes, 'beware the wounded lion'. However, it's hard to see England turning things around against Australia!

From an overall tournament perspective, money keeps rolling in at TattsBet for Australia to be crowned world champions. When the market opened, Australia were $4, but punters have latched on and they are now  . South Africa have also been well-supported after $5.50 was offered early. The only other side being considered is New Zealand , who were originally $7.50.




Chris Bombolas - Tatts Senior Writer

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