About the Match
The Australian team celebrated their National Day with a 4-1 ODI series victory over England on Sunday by defeating them by 5 runs in a cracking low-scoring 5th ODI game. The two teams now play each other in a 3-match T20 series that starts on Jan 29th at the Bellerive Oval Stadium, Hobart. The Aussies made a clean sweep at the Ashes last month and having also won the ODI series, this jubilant side is hungry for the T20 title too; England on the other hand will be keen to return home with something to cheer about and will fight tooth and nail in the upcoming T20 challenge.
After posting a mediocre total in the 5th ODI, the Aussies fought hard to win the match by 5 runs; Nathan Coulter-Nile’s superb figure of 3-34 wherein he bowled with precision stifled the English batsmen. McKay also attacked in a disciplined manner, especially in the death overs and took 3 wickets while Faulkner claimed 2 wickets; the bowlers snatched away the game from the visitors, who were looking confident to win this match. Earlier, the top order batsmen failed to build partnerships and it was Bailey’s 56 runs off 74 deliveries and his partnership with Maxwell and Wade that took the team to a respectable total of 217 runs. His return to form is encouraging as he will be captaining the T20 squad that will see all-rounders Daniel Christian and Moises Henriques, batsmen Ben Cutting and Chris Lynn and bowlers like Josh Hazlewood, James Muirhead and Mitchell Starc join him in the attack. Most of these youngsters have been performing well in the ongoing BBL series and the team looks confident to pull off another series win here.
The team has many T20 specialists joining for the upcoming challenge; Alex Hales, Luke Wright, Michael Lumb, Danny Briggs, Jade Dernbach and Boyd Rankin have all performed well last year against the Aussies to win matches. Coupled with the experience of players like Broad, Root, Bresnan, Bopara, Morgan, Jordan and Tredwell, this team does have the necessary weaponry in its armour to unsettle the Aussies. In the last ODI match, Broad and Stokes had caused havoc in the Australian top order by taking regular wickets and ended up with 3 wickets each; while Bresnan and Jordan contributed well to restrict the opponents from scoring the big runs. Root and Morgan had kept the scoreboard ticking and with help from Bopara in the end, they were quite close to a win but it wasn’t to be. The team will be eager to put their problems behind and try to win the T20 challenge series here.
While the Aussies have dominated throughout, they haven’t looked at their best in the last two one-day matches; England has shown some signs of improvement and with the youngsters bringing their talent and enthusiasm to the side, they are hopeful of giving a much better show here. However, it will be difficult for them to defeat the hosts in their own backyard and while the match could go either way, it looks like a comfortable win for Australia in the first T20 match.
Australia, 1.80 @ Titan Bet