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Jonny Bairstow could equal Sangakkara's centuries record

True batting pitch boosts England opener's chances

England opener Jonny Bairstow blasted 105 in a losing cause on Sunday
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First ODI
Sky Sports Cricket, 1pm Wednesday

England's clash with Scotland on Sunday was a run-laden affair and more of the same is expected for the first ODI against Australia at The Oval.

Evin Lewis of the West Indies smashed 176 in the last one-dayer at Surrey's home ground, still ending up on the losing side, and England comfortably chased down 300-plus targets to beat Bangladesh in 2017 and Sri Lanka a year earlier.

A true batting pitch boosts England opener Jonny Bairstow's chances of equalling Kumar Sangakkara's record of four consecutive one-day centuries and he is well worth supporting once again.

Bairstow blitzed 105 off 59 balls against Scotland, following on from scores of 138 and 104 against New Zealand in March.

That made it five tons in 17 innings since being promoted to open the batting last year and he is well capable of extending that golden run against an inexperienced Australia new-ball attack.

Mitchell Starc, who took 4-29 against Bangladesh at The Oval last year, is among several significant absentees for the Aussies and bookmakers expect England to recover from Sunday's Scottish shock. 

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