January 6, 2014

Back England for one-day bounce at 12/5

ESPNcricinfo staff
England have produced some miserable cricket throughout the Ashes but there have been glimpses of what might have been and there should be value in backing England at 12/5 to put their Test misery behind them.

The Ashes whitewash secured, Australia will look to carry their momentum into a five-match ODI series. But the last four Ashes have seen the side defeated in Tests recover to take the one-day series - as England did the last time they lost 5-0 in Australia.

Alastair Cook's ODI team have become a lot more consistent than the one which Paul Collingwood led to unexpected success in Australia in 2006-07. Although better at home, series wins in New Zealand and against Pakistan in the UAE, as well as a respectable showing in India, point to all-round improvements over the last couple of years; with Ashley Giles taking the reins and several fresh faces in the squad, there should be value in backing England at 12/5 to put their Test misery behind them.

The final one-dayer between New Zealand and West Indies, meanwhile, offers another chance for Jesse Ryder to continue his impressive return at international level, after a career-threatening head injury sustained last year. Innings of 104 and 47 followed a duck in the first ODI and he is 7/2 to be top-scorer Hamilton.

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