AUSTRALIA and England will meet for the seventh and final time in Perth early on *Sunday, unfortunately in a dead rubber, rather than a nailbiting one-day series decider.

With the seven-match series tied up 5-1 in the hosts' favour and the World Cup just around the corner they have chosen to rest skipper Michael Clarke and opener Shane Watson.

England's line-up will change again with Paul Collingwood the latest injury victim but Andrew Strauss will still be determined to end the tour Down Under on a high.

Just like the Aussies, England will have one eye on the World Cup and will want to find a bit of form.

The tourists have an impressive one-day record at the WACA, eight wins in 11, but I believe the Aussies will seal a 6-1 victory and head to India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh in buoyant mood.

Perth, with its quick and bouncy wicket, will suit the pace of Brett Lee and Shaun Tait and I expect the duo to exploit an England batting line-up certain to be short on confidence after Clarke and co chased down a record 333 runs to win the last match by two wickets at the SCG.

Australia are 10-11 with Blue Square and 888sport, England 11-10 with Victor Chandler.

The top batsman markets are always worth a small wager, or a larger one if that's your fancy. Tim Paine, in for Watson, is set to open for the Aussies with Brad Haddin and at joint favourites are widely available at 4-1.

But Johnson, although batting down the order, is no stranger to hitting the leather in to the crowd and is worth a look at 20-1.

In the England side Jonathan Trott has every incentive to finish top. He needs 108 runs in Perth to break the world record for most runs in a bilateral ODI series. He is available just about everywhere at 7-2.

In previewing the fifth one-dayer in Brisbane I highlighted Paddy Power's first ball market. To keep you informed Watson smacked Jimmy Anderson's delivery to the boundary for four runs and the Irish bookie were offering 10-1 on such an outcome.

Contact Mr Fixit to let him know if you had a boundary punt. Paddy are offering the same first ball odds again and they too might be worth a look.

1st ball betting: dot ball 2-5, single 11-4; four 10-1, wide 16-1, bye or leg bye 20-1, two runs 20-1, no ball 22-1, wicket 25-1, three runs 50-1, six 66-1.

Howzat! Bet

Mitchell Johnson

(top Australian batsman, 20-1, Paddy Power, Stan James)

*Play gets underway Sunday 3.20am (GMT).


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