Old Foes Reunite For ODI Series
Australia’s ODI Squad under the firing line? England versus Australia. The oldest rivalry in cricket.
Australia are likely to be out for revenge against England. The Three Lions defeated Australia in the 2019 World Cup Semi-Final, en route to winning their first Cricket World Cup.
Former Australian batsmen and assistant coach at the 2019 World Cup, Ricky Ponting believed that “Australia played their worst cricket during the most important moments.” In truth, this is perhaps completely against the mould that one would expect from Australia’s ODI Squad.
England will be without Jos Buttler for the third #ENGvAUS T20I.
He is expected to be available for the first match of the ODI series between the sides.
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— ICC (@ICC) September 7, 2020
As a result, in this three-match ODI series, Australia will look to make amends. However, this is likely to be a tough task, with England’s ODI Squad being in sublime form over the past 18 months.
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Joe Root had a stellar 2019 Cricket World Cup. He scored 556 runs at 61.78, at a strike rate of just under 90. This included two centuries and three half-centuries. He helped England win the tournament with his consistent batting throughout.
However, the next tournament in terms of white-ball cricket is the 2021 World T20 event, now to be held in India. Root is not a guarantee to start the tournament by any stretch. Dawid Malan has perhaps made his case excellently in the ongoing England versus Australia T20 Series.
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Joe Root will ideally want to show his worth in the ODI format in this series. This, despite the formats being different.
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New Trio Chance To Shine
Riley Meredith, Josh Philippe and Daniel Sams have all been included in Australia’s ODI Squad. Having not featured in any of the three T20I’s yet, the trio will want to play games and put their names for future selection in white-ball cricket.
It could be difficult for Josh Philippe to fit into the team though, with Australia’s top-order in ODI cricket settled post the 2019 Cricket World Cup. Marnus Labuschagne scored a century against South Africa earlier in the year and he might have cemented his spot at either number three or four. David Warner, Steve Smith and Aaron Finch are likely to make up the other three slots.
Practising your ton celebration, @AaronFinch5?
No-one has more ODI tons (7) against England than Australia's limited-overs captain. pic.twitter.com/jmD9GsR1nb
— Wisden (@WisdenCricket) September 3, 2020
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Riley Meredith and Daniel Sams could also find it difficult to replace either of Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood or Pat Cummins. This is unless Australia’s ODI Squad wants to test the uncapped players out. It could be an option, given that they lost 3-0 in South Africa and the bowlers failed to bowl the oppositions out on all three occassions.
All three ODI’s in the England vs Australia series will be played at the Emirates Old Trafford Cricket Ground. This will be the last series this summer before both sets of players head over to the Indian Premier League in the UAE.
Both Australia’s ODI Squad and England’s ODI Squad will be looking to get into good touch before the start of the IPL.
The three ODI’s between England’s ODI Squad and Australia’s ODI Squad begin on Friday the 11th of September. The last ODI is on the 16th of September. All three games will be day-night games.
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Australia’s ODI squad: Aaron Finch (c), Sean Abbott, Ashton Agar, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Riley Meredith, Josh Philippe, Daniel Sams, Kane Richardson, Steven Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Andrew Tye, Matthew Wade, David Warner, Adam Zampa.
England’s ODI Squad – Eoin Morgan (C), Jofra Archer, Jonny Bairstow, Tom Banton, Sam Billings, Jos Buttler (WK), Sam Curran, Tom Curran, Moeen Ali, Joe Root, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood, Adil Rashid
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