The tipsters are expecting Pakistan to carry on where they left off in the recent Test series and hand England another beating when the two sides meet for the first One Day International in Abu Dhabi tomorrow.
The Pakistanis won the Test series 2-0 and even though limited overs cricket is tactically quite different, they are still expected to prevail in this one-day encounter.
That view is being shared by the bookies with the cricket betting offering odds of 8/13 for a Pakistan victory and 5/4 for an English success for this ODI.
Those short odds for the Pakistanis should surprise no-one as England’s recent form in One Day Internationals frankly has been awful. The last two series abroad saw England slump 6-1 to Australia and on the end of a 5-0 battering in India.
As the cricket correspondent on NDTV Sports reports: “Still hurting from the whitewash in the Test series, England now have to try and turn their fortunes around in the format where their record is weakest. Even without the events of recent weeks, it would have been a daunting task given their poor one-day record overseas, and few will be surprised if Pakistan exert superiority again.”
The betting odds also see Pakistan favourites to win the four game series at 4/5 while England are 100/30. The odds for a drawn series are slightly more tempting at 9/4.
Pakistan are 9/2 for a 4-0 series whitewash, and 6/4 to win it 3-1. England are 20/1 to win the series 4-0 and a more modest 4/1 to win it 3-1.
One hope for England ahead of tomorrow’s encounter could be the return of bowler, Steve Finn, who is being tipped to replace James Anderson. Finn was the one bright spark during the side’s ODI humiliation in India just over a year ago.
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