Charge down the wicket with ODI cricket tips for Game 2 between old foes England and Australia at Old Trafford as the tourists attempt to seal the series.
22:00 (AEST), Sun 13th Sep @ Old Trafford, Manchester
History: Played 150: Australia 83 V England 62 (2 Ties, 3 No Results)
Last meeting: September 11, 2020: Australia d England by 19 runs at Old Trafford
Final Thoughts: Underdogs Australia claimed a thrilling 19-run win in their ODI series opener against England, despite a couple of sizzling individual performances from the home side.
Australia amassed a formidable total of 9/294 from their 50 overs. Coming in No.3, Marcus Stoinis gave an otherwise disappointing top order impetus with 43 off 34 balls. The tourists were teetering at 5/123 in the 24th over when oft-maligned duo Mitchell Marsh (73 off 100) and Glenn Maxwell (77 off 59) put on 126 runs in 120 balls.
Marsh was the steady hand while the mercurial Maxwell was at his explosive best, blasting four sixes. Mitchell Starc (19* off 12) chipped in nicely at the back-end.
Each England bowler went for at least 5.40 runs per over. Jofra Archer finished with 3/57.
The hosts started their chase disastrously. They slumped to 2/13 with Jason Roy and Joe Root falling victim to Josh Hazlewood. But Jonny Bairstow (84 off 107) dug in and put on a 113-run stand with an inspired Sam Billings (118 off 110).
But Billings struggled for support at the other end down the stretch and England finished on 9/275. Hazlewood (3/26) and Adam Zampa (4/55) enjoyed fine outings at the bowling crease.
Steve Smith withdrew from the game after copping a blow to the head at training. He remains doubtful for game two, while Starc (groin) is also under a cloud. Kane Richardson would be the likely replacement for Starc.
But perhaps most encouragingly for Australia, Stoinis, who came in for Smith, and Maxwell, picked ahead of Ashton Agar, justified their selections. England essentially ran with their strongest available line-up.
Despite the loss, England have won 11 of their last 14 ODIs against Australia.
If $2.00 outsiders Australia are to close out the series with a game to spare, skipper Aaron Finch could be the key. The veteran opener made just 16 in game one but boasts three centuries and three fifties in his last 13 ODIs on English soil. Finch also averaged 41.67 during the T20I series.