Charge down the wicket with ODI cricket tips for Game 1 between old foes England and Australia at Old Trafford, with World Cup revenge on the tourists’ agenda.
22:00 (AEST), Fri 11th Sep @ Old Trafford, Manchester
History: Played 149: Australia 82 V England 62 (2 Ties, 3 No Results)
Last meeting: July 8, 2019 (World Cup Semi-final): England d Australia by 8 wickets at Edgbaston
Final Thoughts: England and Australia get their three-match ODI series underway at Old Trafford on Friday.
England wrapped up the T20I series with wins in the first two games – by two runs and six wickets. Australia restored some confidence with a five-wicket victory in the dead-rubber third clash.
Aaron Finch (39 off 26), man-of-the-match Mitch Marsh (39* off 36) and Marcus Stoinis (26 off 18) got Australia to the target of 146 with three balls to spare. But England keep-batsman Jos Buttler, who scored 44 and 77* in winning efforts, and Eoin Morgan sat out the third game.
Buttler and Morgan are set to return for the ODI world champions, along with Joe Root. Meanwhile, opener Jason Roy and pacemen Jofra Archer and Mark Wood are expected to play their first ODI since the World Cup final.
Australia are likely to run with Mitch Marsh at No.5 and Alex Carey as their wicketkeeper. But a top order of Finch, David Warner, Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschagne will be expected to do the damage beforehand. A full-strength bowling contingent of Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa and Josh Hazlewood is set to line up.
Australia won their last ODI against New Zealand by 71 runs in March. The rest of the series was wiped out by COVID-19. Earlier in 2020 the Aussies lost series in India (2-1) and South Africa (3-0). England’s only ODI hit-outs since the World Cup were a drawn series with South Africa in February and a 2-1 series win over Ireland in July.
Aussies seek to turn around ODI trend
England have dominated their archrivals at ODI level in recent years, winning 11 of the last 13 encounters.
Australia won the teams’ 2019 World Cup clash round-robin clash at Lord’s by 64 runs on the back of Aaron Finch’s century. But England powered to an eight-wicket triumph with almost 18 overs to spare in the semi-final. Steve Smith and Jason Roy both struck 85. England seamer Chris Woakes (3/20) was named man-of-the-match.
England’s recent dominance and home advantage puts them in a strong position to draw first blood. If Australia’s top order fails to fire, they don’t have the same batting depth to turn it around. Consider Warner, Finch, Roy and Jonny Bairstow in the Top Batsman markets.