The Super 12 section of the ICC T20 World Cup gets under way on Saturday when Australia take on New Zealand in Sydney.
Let’s start with a look at the Outright Betting where Australia are currently trading as 57/20 favourites to defend their title, England are 3/1, you can get India 7/2, South Africa 7/1, Pakistan 9/1 and 11/1 New Zealand. The balance are available at 33/1 or better.
Australia go into this opening match of their home World Cup as firm favourites although their warm-up form has been mixed with a 6 run loss to India and a no result against England in a weather interrupted match that meant that England won the 3 match series 2-0.
New Zealand haven’t had the best of preparations coming into this World Cup and their warm-up match against India on Thursday was abandoned without a ball been bowled. They previously lost a low scoring encounter to South Africa, a few days earlier went down by 5 wickets to Pakistan.
Australia and New Zealand have met 15 times in this format with Australia winning 10 and New Zealand 4 while 1 match was tied. They have only met 3 times on Australian soil with Australia winning all 3 of those games.
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New Zealand 33/20
Top Australian Batsman, David Warner at 41/20
Warner has got his International career nicely back on track and he loves this format and I am backing him to get off to a flyer.
Bowler Match Wickets Zampa, Over 1.5 wickets at 14/10
Zampa is bowling excellently at the moment and I am expecting New Zealand to try and get after him at some point and that could pave the way for him to take wickets.
Note: All prices correct at the time of writing but are subject to change