About the Match
Australia annihilated England in the Ashes series, making a 5-0 clean sweep to bring back the Urn home after 4 long years; they dominated the visitors throughout the series and are fully prepared to repeat their brilliant performance once again in the ODI series that start on Sunday, January 12th at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. The English team on the other hand has received a lot of criticism for their dismal performance and there are a number of changes to their team composition; and they are eager to make a comeback with a refreshing win here. It will be a challenging contest for these traditional rivals who will look to dominate the other in the upcoming series.
Mitchell Johnson, who emerged as the player of the Ashes series, will not be playing the 1st ODI as he is rested and is likely to resume his duties from the next match onwards; George Bailey who did perform as well as he would have liked during the Tests has been included in the squad and so is James Pattinson, the young bowler who is making a comeback into the side after recovering from his back injury. The one-day squad has many talented players like Shane Watson, Aaron Finch, David Warner, Shaun Marsh, and Brad Haddin who have proved themselves time and again with the bat; the bowling unit comprises of Coulter-Nile, Xavier Doherty, Clint McKay and James Faulkner who are also playing in the ongoing BBL series and will be eager to do well for the country in the upcoming ODI series as well. With the World Cup being round the corner, the youngsters will look at this as a perfect opportunity to prove themselves and sharpen their skills; the team has received a huge morale boost with their Ashes win and is well prepared to do well here.
The team will not have Stuart Broad’s services for the first two matches and will have heavily depend on the pace attack of Steve Finn, Boyd Rankin, Chris Jordan, Chris Woakes and Tim Bresnan. Some of these bowlers weren’t in top form during the Tests and will need to pull up their socks and tighten their bowling in the ODI format. James Anderson also has been rested and Ben Stokes’ all-rounder skills may come in handy here. There are a lot of expectations from Chris Jordan who can contribute very well with his superb bowling skills and Eoin Morgan, who was one of the few batsmen to rise to the Ashes challenge, will also provide great support with the bat. Alistair Cook, Ian Bell, Gary Balance, Ravi Bopara and Joe Root will need to sharpen their batting skills and provide a good foundation to the team; the players will need to overcome their weaknesses and play with a positive attitude if they want to give a tough fight here.
The Aussies are on a roll and have received a big advantage with their Ashes win; however, the one-day matches are a different ball game and they will need to be sharp as ever. The England team has struggled with player form; injuries and attitudes right from the start of the tour but are keen to make a comeback in the ODI series. While both the sides will try their level best to put up a tough fight, despite the absence of Johnson, the hosts have a good chance to win this one.
Australia, 1.50 @ Titan Bet
Aussies had wonderful Ashes while England had a time they’d love to forget. English opening pair still looks a little underpowered as compared to that of the hosts. Keeping that and bowling lineups in mind, I think that Aussies will have more runs than England when the first wicket falls for the respective sides.
Highest Opening Partnership:
Australia, 1.80 @ Bet365