The Australian all-rounder and 2021 T20 World Cup winner, Mitchell Marsh suffered ankle soreness after the 1st ODI against Zimbabwe. He has been ruled out of the remainder of the series and is all set to miss the upcoming New Zealand ODIs as well.
Resting Marsh for the New Zealand ODI series is a tactical move to keep him fresh and available for the T20 World Cup later this year. He is a key player in the T20 setup and an injury at this point can be a huge blow to Australia
Mitchell Marsh will be available for the India tour
Australia’s focus will be to give Marsh enough time to recover and that is a major reason behind his exclusion from the New Zealand ODIs.
However, the all-rounder is expected to be fit and available for the 3-match T20I series against India.
8 of the 9 T20Is Australia played in 2022 were against Sri Lanka while the other one was against Pakistan. As such, the 3 T20Is on their tour of India will be of huge significance for the world T20 champions.
The 3-match T20I series will also be crucial for the men in blue given how eagerly they are waiting for their former skipper Virat Kohli to find his form.
Australia look for a clean sweep against Zimbabwe
Australia called up Josh Inglis to replace Mitch Marsh in the squad. Inglis was with London Spirit in The Hundred 2022 and had played just the one game before receiving a call from the national side.
Though Inglis didn’t make it to the playing XI for the 2nd ODI, Australia ensured they registered a comfortable win against Zimbabwe.
Australia bowled out Zimbabwe for just 96 runs as they won the toss and opted to bowl first. Though they struggled a bit to chase 201 runs in the 1st ODI, Smith and Carey made sure there wasn’t another middle-order collapse as Australia beat Zimbabwe by 8 wickets in the 2nd ODI.
Looking at the way the Aussie bowlers have dominated the visitors, it seems that the hosts are all set to complete a clean sweep with a win in the final ODI.
Australia vs Zimbabwe, 3rd ODI – When and Where?
Australia will take on Zimbabwe in the 3rd and final ODI of the series on 3rd September 2022.
- Date: 3rd September 2022
- Time: 5:10 AM IST
- Venue: Tony Ireland Stadium, Townsville
The average 1st innings score at this venue is 189 and all of the 4 matches played here were won by teams batting first. As a result, the team winning the toss is most likely to choose to bowl first.
The key players to watch out for in this match will be Richard Ngrava, Wesley Madhevere, Sikandar Raza, and Sean Williams for Zimbabwe.
Whereas, for Australia, Starc, Hazlewood, Zampa will be lethal with the ball while Smith, Carey, and Maxwell are the key players in the middle-order.
Betting Tips for Australia vs Zimbabwe, 3rd ODI
The chances of Australia winning the match are way too high for you to get any good price in the match-winner market.
The highest odds you can find to bet on Australia’s win for this match are 1.01 at 20Bet.
Most pre-match betting markets will have Australia as favorites and consequently offer less odds for the selection.
However, here are some of the best bets that offer higher odds for Australia than the match-winner market –
- Bet on Australia to be the team with the top bowler at 18 odds on 20Bet.
- The Under 13.5 selection for Zimbabwe runs in the highest scoring over offers 87 odds.
The Aussies have been very economical and successful with the ball and it is highly unlikely that Zimbabwe would score 14 or more runs in a single over from any of the Australian bowlers.
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