Sportsbet Back Confident Australia For Another 5-0 Whitewash
January 21, 2014
Australia go into this weekend’s two final One-Day Internationals full of confidence that they can record a second 5-0 whitewash over England.
After a 100% win rate in The Ashes Test series, the home side have already added the ODI trophy to their cabinet as well – after racing to an unassailable 3-0 lead. And Sportbet have Australia best priced at 1.83 to take the series 5-0.
The Australian bookmaker also price England getting one consolation victory at 2.25, while they also pay best returns of 9.00 should the visitors finally find some form in the final two fixtures and lose the series 3-2.
Cricket Australia experienced a massive turnaround in fortunes in 2013 – after recovering from a 3-0 Ashes defeat in England to romping home in the return series. And no one player has epitomised that change in fortune more than Mitchell Johnson, who was named as Australia’s Cricketer of the Year earlier this week.
After a serious foot injury and a drastic loss of form in 2011, the 32-year-old contemplated throwing the towel in. However, his 37 wickets against England this summer brings to end what he describes as a “Crazy 18 months.”
Johnson told Cricket Australia’s website: “It’s been a crazy 18 months. It’s been a big build-up to this point in my career.
“We’re playing good cricket as a team. When you receive a personal accolade like an AB (Allan Border) Medal, it’s an amazing feeling.”
With captain Michael Clarke rested for Friday’s game, Johnson will be named as vice-captain. And the left-armer has indicated that Australia have every intention to return to their old dominant ways.
He said: “we’re coming up against South Africa, and we’re trying to be the No.1 team. That’s our main goal.
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