Charge down the wicket with ODI cricket tips for Game 3 between old foes England and Australia at Old Trafford, with the series all square at 1-all.
22:00 (AEST), Wed 16th Sep @ Old Trafford, Manchester
History: Played 151: Australia 83 V England 63 (2 Ties, 3 No Results)
Last meeting: September 13, 2020: England d Australia by 24 runs at Old Trafford
Final Thoughts: Australia are set to get Steve Smith back for the third and deciding ODI clash with England at Old Trafford. The champion batsman missed the opening two encounters after copping a blow to the head at training but has ticked every box is his bid to return.
The archrivals have played out a couple of seesawing thrillers so far.
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. Billings (118 off 110) 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.
England produce stunning fight-back
England were on the ropes again in game two after only Joe Root (39 off 73) and Eoin Morgan (42 off 52) – who were both removed by Adam Zampa among his 3/36 – got a start in the top order. They were reduced to 8/149, before Tom Curran (37 off 39) and Adil Rashid (35* off 26) showed some late fight.
England eventually set a modest target of 232. Josh Hazlewood (1/27) and Mitchell Starc (2/38) were superb in their 10 overs.
Australia was cruising in their chase at 2/144 in the 31st over. Aaron Finch (73 off 105) and Marnus Labuschagne (48 off 59) put on a century stand, but Australia subsequently lost seven wickets for 32 runs. The visitors were bowled out for 207 in the second-last over, with only Alex Carey (36 off 41) showing any resistance.
Chris Woakes (3/32), Sam Curran (3/35) and man-of-the-match Jofra Archer (3/34) did the damage for England.
It was a harrowing collapse for Australia when series success was on a platter. Smith is set to come in for an unlucky Stoinis. But the heat is on the out-of-sorts David Warner, while England are looking for more with the bat from Jos Buttler.
England have now won 12 of their last 15 ODIs against Australia and shape as the better head-to-head bet.
Meanwhile, consider Smith and Root in the top runscorer markets.