England and Australia begin their five-match one-day international series on Friday morning with the opening encounter at Headingley, and we pick out some of the most eye-catching betting markets ahead of the eagerly anticipated clashes.
The tourists begin the series currently ranked as the second-best ODI side in world cricket, while the home team are only two points and one place behind their arch rivals in the standings.
However, the last time the two countries met in a 50-over contest was back in June, when England won by 48 runs in their opening Group A encounter of the ICC Champions Trophy at Edgbaston, although the make-up of the two squads are now fairly different, especially the hosts’ experimental and much-changed lineup.
Either way, though, the series is sure to be closely fought, with little to choose between these two evenly matched limited-overs sides. Each nation looks to finalise its preparations ahead of the 2015 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.
There is one note of caution, however, if you are an England fan and that relates to the previous two ODI contests that these two fierce enemies have contested immediately following an Ashes series, with games Down Under in 2010/11 and in the UK in 2009 resulting in an aggregate scoreline of 12-2 in Australia’s favour.
England squad: E Morgan (Middlesex, capt), R Bopara (Essex), J Buttler (Somerset), M Carberry (Hampshire), S Finn (Middlesex), C Jordan (Sussex), J Overton (Somerset), K Pietersen (Surrey), B Rankin (Warwickshire), J Root (Yorkshire), B Stokes (Durham), J Tredwell (Kent), J Trott (Warwickshire), L Wright (Sussex).
Australia squad: Michael Clarke (capt), George Bailey, Fawad Ahmed, Nathan Coulter-Nile, James Faulkner, Aaron Finch, Josh Hazlewood, Phil Hughes, Mitchell Johnson, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Clint McKay, Adam Voges, Matthew Wade (wkt), Shane Watson.