England beaten by 18/1 Aussies

  • Last Updated: January 17 2014, 15:58 GMT

England lost the second ODI against Australia despite having traded at 1/40 when seemingly in complete control of the match.

James Faulkner: Fired Australia to a stunning one-wicket victory
James Faulkner: Fired Australia to a stunning one-wicket victory

Alastair Cook's side managed 300 for eight from their 50 overs, thanks largely to Eoin Morgan's 106 off 99 balls.

Australia then lost Aaron Finch early on and were reduced to 70 for three when Joe Root took the wicket of Michael Clarke, at which point a first victory of the tour looked more than likely.

Things were to get better before they got worse as Boyd Rankin trapped George Bailey lbw to leave the Aussies in trouble on 120 for five.

However, when Glenn Maxwell lost his wicket in came James Faulkner and it was his innings that would prove the difference.

Faulkner smashed 69 off just 47 balls but with a lack of help from the other end of the wicket, Australia touched 18/1 with bet365 as England traded at 1.02 on Betfair.

But in the end, Australia had balls to spare as Faulkner smashed boundaries off the first three of the final over to secure a one-wicket victory.

Steve Freeth, spokesman for bet365, said: "With Australia nine down and needing 57 runs for victory we were thinking 'even England can't throw this away' - how wrong we were!"

Australia are now just 1/33 to wrap up the five-match series having moved into a 2-0 lead, with England available at 16/1 with both Sky Bet and Ladbrokes.

Most firms do narrowly favour England winning a match rather than being whitewashed, with 13/8 the price about a 5-0 Australia win with Boylesports compared to the 6/4 being quoted about a 4-1 scoreline.

"England were a little unlucky but the fact remains that they cannot get on the score sheet on this tour," said William Hill spokesman Rupert Adams.

  • Updated at 1555 GMT on 17/01/2014.