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Back hero Broad in ODI

<strong>ENGLAND</strong> vs <strong>AUSTRALIA</strong><br />1ST ODI, TODAY 1PM, SKY SPORTS 1<br /><br />THE JUBILATION of England&rsquo;s Ashes victory soon gave way to the fiasco that was the aborted Twenty20 series. With those two games brushed under the proverbial carpet, the upcoming exhaustive seven-match one day series gives Australia the chance to return home with a little pride, even if they will have to leave the urn behind.<br /><br />Heading back to the scene of the final chapter of the Test fest, the Aussies are odds-on favourites for the first game at the Brit Oval. Having won four of their last five 50-over contests, including the convincing defeat of Scotland, they&rsquo;ve also claimed six of their last ten series encounters and currently sit third of the ICC-ranked teams. Impressive stuff, but not quite enough to justify a heavy punt on the 4/7 about them available on Betdaq. Especially as the Three Lions have won their last five ODIs and sit only a place below the Baggy Greens in the governing body&rsquo;s official ladder.<br /><br />England&rsquo;s heroes will be looking to add to the Aussie&rsquo;s summer of misery, and tormentor-in-chief Stuart Broad will be back at the track which saw him distinguish his opponents&rsquo; Ashes hopes. He has developed immensely as a cricketer and I wouldn&rsquo;t put anyone off buying his performance index at 45, where runs, catches, wickets and stumpings are all rewarded.<br /><br />He was comfortably England&rsquo;s leading Ashes wicket-taker, despite coming in for more than a few rounds of criticism, and this red hot form has also seen him nominated for the ICC Test Player of the Year. He&rsquo;s a 25/1 outsider with Boylesports to be recognised for his exploits in whites, behind his captain Andrew Strauss who&rsquo;s 5/4 favourite, and is worth backing to transfer this form into the one day format.<br /><br />Australia&rsquo;s stand-in skipper Michael Clarke may yet get the short-form job on a long-term basis. In order to press home the merits of a split captaincy he&rsquo;ll be eager to impress with the bat and looks good to score runs today. He was in great nick throughout the main event, hitting 448 as his side&rsquo;s top scorer at an average of 64. His one day average is the right side of 40 and Boylesports&rsquo; 4/1 for him to top score for the tourists is decent value.<br /><br />England&rsquo;s Matt Prior also got vital Ashes runs, out-scoring specialists higher above him in the order and the gloveman could prove handy again. He&rsquo;s a good outside bet to top score for England at 6/1 with the same firm.<br /><br /><strong>Pointers...</strong><br /><br />Buy Stuart Broad&rsquo;s performance index at 45 with Sporting Index<br />Michael Clarke to be Australia&rsquo;s top scorer at 4/1 with Boylesports<br />Matt Prior to be England&rsquo;s top scorer at 6/1 with Boylesports