Australia vs Namibia Prediction: Head start to set up comfortable win

 | Tuesday 11th June 2024, 15:10pm

Tuesday 11th June 2024, 15:10pm

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Australia take on Namibia in a T20 World Cup Group B fixture on Wednesday, June 12, and the match is scheduled to start at 01:30 (Sky Sports Main Event) at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua. The Aussies, who won last year's ODI World Cup in India, have made a strong start to their bid for T20 glory, beating Oman and defending champions England in their first two games.

Namibia needed a Super Over to clinch victory against Oman and were outplayed in a five-wicket defeat to Scotland, so they need to raise their game if they are to trouble the hot favourites. Read on for my Australia vs Namibia prediction and all the latest team news.

Australia vs Namibia Betting Tips

  • Travis Head Australia Top Run Scorer @ 23/10
  • Namibia Fall of First Wicket - Under 13.5 @ 10/11

Team News

Australia should name the same team that impressed in Saturday's 36-run win over England. Fast bowlers Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood may be rested for the final group game against Scotland if qualification for the Super 8 stage is assured.

Namibia opener JP Kotze may get another chance despite his duck against Scotland. Only five bowlers have been used by Namibia in their first two games as all-rounders Jan Frylinck and JJ Smit were only fit enough to bat.

Australia vs Namibia Odds

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Namibia can be backed at 22/1 to upset 1/50 Australia in Antigua and the underdogs are 50/1 to hit the most match sixes against the Aussies, who cleared the ropes 13 times in their win over England.

Australia all-rounder Marcus Stoinis has had an impressive start to the tournament, scoring 67 not out and 30 and taking 3-19 and 1-24. He is 13/2 to be Australia's Top Run Scorer and 9/2 to be his side's Top Wicket Taker.

Travis Head Australia Top Run Scorer @ 23/10

Australia's openers set the tone in their crucial Group B victory over England as Travis Head cracked 34 off 18 balls and David Warner struck 39 off 16.

Head's promotion to open the batting in white-ball cricket has proved to be a masterstroke from Australia and he scored a match-winning century in last year's 50-over World Cup final against India.

He arrived at the T20 World Cup after some blistering performances for Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL, finishing the season with 567 runs in 15 innings at a strike rate of 192.

The explosive left-hander has made 24 or more runs in eight of his last ten T20 international innings, including 91 against South Africa in Durban last September, so he looks a good bet to top-score for Australia.

T20 World Cup Australia Top Run Scorer v Namibia - Travis Head at 23-10

Namibia Fall of First Wicket - Under 13.5 @ 10/11

Namibia lost their first wicket without scoring a run in their first two games as Michael van Lingen was dismissed for a duck against Oman and JP Kotze suffered the same fate against Scotland.

Their openers face a daunting challenge against Australia's new-ball bowlers Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood so under 13.5 runs is worth backing in the Namibia Fall of First Wicket market.

Starc trapped Oman opener Pratik Athavale lbw with the third ball of the innings in Australia's opening game, and the left-arm paceman bowled Hyderabad's Abhishek Sharma with his fifth delivery of last month's IPL final.

T20 World Cup Australia vs Namibia - fall of first namibia wicket - under 13.5 at 10-11

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