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Pakistan vs. Australia Cricket ICC World Twenty/20

Australia and Pakistan are meeting up for the first of three ODI’s in the United Arab Emirates, but a series of last minute line-up changes could give the Aussies a serious advantage in this event.

Pakistan will be without top players Younis Khan and Umar Gul who didn’t quite live up to expectation in their recent series of matches in Sri Lanka. Cricket punters with an eye on the future will be watching young Australians like Alister McDermott who is playing for the injured Clint McKay.

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Pakistan vs. Australia 1st ODI Betting Odds

When: Sunday, August 25, 2012

Where: United Arab Emirates

Odds: Pakistan: 1.80 vs. Australia 2.00

Breaking Down Team Australia

Australia comes into the this series with a host of young batsmen and bowlers like Glenn Maxwell who are shaking up the cricket scene in the Land Down Under but haven’t yet earned an international reputation. Maxwell holds the Australian record for the fastest one-day 50 and is known as a very strong batsman.

Also joining the Aussies, in place of Clint McKay is fast bowler Alister McDermott. McKay is out with a hamstring injury but as the team’s number one wicket taker, he’s expected to rejoin them in the near future. McDermott is the son of legendary Aussie batsman Craig McDermott and is rapidly devloping a reputation as a solid bowler.

Punters should also note that Australia is being coached by Steve Rixon, rather than head Australia Cricket head coach key Arthur. Arthur is still in the Aussie Cricket fold, but will be focusing his efforts on preparing the team for the upcoming Twenty20 internationals in September.

Australia is bringing in plenty of fresh faces and young blood to the ODIs and should see some positive results from their efforts. Watch for some top caliber bowling from them in this outing.

Handicapping Pakistan in the ODIs

Pakistan will also field a very young team as they let some of their big names sit out of these ODIs. Both Younis Khan and Umar Gul were not included in the lineup. Both men are fresh off less-than-thrilling performances in the team’s recent Sri Lankan tour. Selectors made it clear that the two veterans are still in the mix for the the upcoming International Twenty20’s.

Khan’s omission in particular has drawn the ire of former Pakistani batsmen and could impact the team’s morale.

Included on the roster is noted wicketkeeper-batsman Kamran Akmal. Akmal was also selected for the World T20 team and selectors are hoping the ODI’s will work as a confidence builder for him.

We Give the Edge to AU in the Match Odds Cricket Betting Market

We like the enthusiasm and solid skill sets the Australians bring to the ODIs in UAE. McDermott and Maxwell are well rounded players who will give challenge the Pakistanis at every turn.

Though Pakistan has dominated in this format in the past, their time on top could be coming to an end.

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This article was written by Jess

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