After a solid break following the fallout from ‘sandpaper gate’, a new-look Aussie side heads to the UK hoping to to continue their recent dominance over England. As we know all too well, coming up against England on their turf is a whole new ball game. England are one of the top ODI teams in the world and this series is set to be a cracker!

Moneyball has got a $1,000 Guaranteed Contest on offer for the 1st ODI of the series. The match is set to start at 10PM AEST. Follow along as we suggest our best plays for the match:


D’arcy Short ($6,300)

I have been a huge fan of Short since he burst onto the scene through his explosive season in the BBL last year. He belted opposition bowlers to all over the park and finished the season as the top run scorer for the tournament. He has earned his call-up to the Aussie side and I am expecting him to take the opportunity with both hands.

Jonny Bairstow ($6,500)

Bairstow has always been one of England’s best players in the ODI setup. He is in extraordinary form coming off three centuries in as many matches! He is always up for the fight against the Aussies and will thrive from the rough treatment the tourists will throw at him.

All Rounder

Marcus Stoinis ($7,400)

Stoinis has played his best cricket at the ODI level. He burst onto the scene with an unbelievable 146 against New Zealand and has carried that form all the way through his short international career. I think he will get the nod over Glenn Maxwell with his swing bowling to be a factor in overcast English conditions. Plenty of upside!


Billy Stanlake ($5,200)

Big Billy terrorised England in the final few ODI’s back in Oz. He will relish the English conditions and could heap a whole lot of pain onto the English top order. Can produce genuine swing bowling at 150km/h+… Worth a spot in your line up at this price.

Adil Rashid ($6,000)

It is well known that Australian batsmen have had their struggles against spin bowling recently. With that in mind, I think Rashid looks like a smart play. He is an attacking bowler and comes with the risk of being quite expensive but is a genuine wicket-taker.

Wicket Keeper

Tim Paine ($6,000)

Looks a good play at the cheaper price tag compared to Butler ($7,200). Paine will want to get this tour started on the right foot and lead from the front as the new Australian skipper. I’m expecting a solid contribution across the whole series from him.