Thursday 1st September Headingley England went 3-0 up in the five game series at Trent Bridge on Tuesday with a record breaking performance. Winning the toss and batting on a superb wicket they: broke the world record.
<p><strong>Thursday 1<sup>st</sup> September, Headingley </strong>England went 3-0 up in the five game <a href="http://oddsmarket.com/england-v-pakistan-3rd-odi-cricket-betting-preview/">series at Trent Bridge</a> on Tuesday with a record breaking performance. Winning the toss and batting on a superb wicket they:</p><p> </p><ul> <li>broke the world record the highest ODI score with 444-3</li> <li>Alex Hales scored 171, the highest ODI score by an Englishman</li> <li>The most sixes in an ODI innings by England, 16</li> </ul> <p></p><p>England, under two years on from their debacle in the ICC Cricket World Cup, are a fearsome prospect in this format particularly because their glut of all-rounders mean they both bat deep and powerfully and the captain always has bowling options.</p><p> </p><p>Pakistan, on the other hand, are well behind on ODI basics. The fielding is relatively poor, the batting both lacks depth and some big hitting and the captaincy appears to lack the flair needed at this level. Pakistan’s strength is in their bowling but outside the sub-continent where spin is less of a factor their battery of medium pacers are very hittable if conditions are as benign as they were on Tuesday.</p><p>With the weather set, fair Headingley on Thursday should produce another good wicket. Were Pakistan to bat first they will need 300+ to be competitive against this England bowling line up, as 250 batting first in the first two games of this series was insufficient.</p><p> </p><p>Frankly, Pakistan are not that likely to achieve this, which explains why once again England are prohibitive 2./ favourites for this match (Pakistan 11/4)and now as short as 8/11 to win the series 5-0</p><p> </p><p>Looking at the sub markets Chris Woakes, as he was in the test series against Pakistan earlier in the summer, is the top wicket taker across the tree games with 8, three clear of Wood and Rashid. Bowling faster than previously yet still with swing, he is in the form of his life and there’s no reason not to expect this to continue for the fourth and fifth ODIs</p><p> </p><p>In the top England bowler market, Woakes is 7/2 joint favourite or second favourite across all firms and I think he should be clear favourite, taking the new ball against a suspect Pakistani top batting order</p><p> </p><p><strong>Recommendation </strong>Chris Woakes Top England bowler <a href="http://www.sportsbookreview.com/Sportsbook/?v=4829&book=William Hill">7/2 William Hill</a></p>