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Maxwell on home turf at MCG

Maxwell on home turf at MCG

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Having been soundly beaten in their opening game of the Trans-Tasman T20 tri-series, England need to bounce back when they face Australia in Melbourne on Saturday.

A second loss to the Baggy Greens would heap pressure on the Three Lions ahead of the second half of the tournament, which takes place in New Zealand.

However, the MCG is not the ideal location for a comeback, so it seems sensible that Australia are 4/7 to win the game and England 6/5.

Glenn Maxwell will be in action on his home ground, having hit a rich vein of form in recent times which culminated in an unbeaten century in Hobart on Wednesday.

He still offers value at 9/2 to be top team batsman, while the vast expanses of the MCG might just favour big-hitting all-rounder Marcus Stoinis, who is a longer shot at 7/1.

For England, Dawid Malan was in fluent form in Tasmania and at 4/1 to be top team batsman again he is worthy of strong consideration, while skipper Eoin Morgan needs to deliver a major innings for his side, having so far failed to make the most of some useful starts.

He would be something of a leap of faith to be backed at 5/1 to be top batter for England.

With the ball England missed a trick in Hobart by naming just one frontline spinner and promptly saw Maxwell and Ashton Agar take five wickets between them for the hosts.

That may lead to a call for left-armer Liam Dawson, but leggie Adil Rashid remains the obvious choice of the slow options to be top team bowler, he is priced at 3/1.

Left-arm seamer David Willey was the pick of the England attack on Wednesday and if he can get the white ball to swing again, then 7/2 to be the leading bowler for the tourists is well worth considering.

For the hosts, much was expected of their seam bowlers in Hobart, but it was the spinners who inflicted the most damage.

That may mean a recall for leg-spinner Adam Zampa, who is 33/10 to be top team bowler, despite not featuring in Hobart.

Andrew Tye’s mixture of slower balls and other tricks has also proved effective against England recently and even at 11/4 to be leading bowler for the Baggy Greens he is a decent option.

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