About the Match
England faces Australia for the 3rd NatWest ODI on September 11. Australia has taken a 1-0 lead in the on-going ODI series. After a dismal performance in the Ashes and failing to make a clean sweep in the T20s, the visitors waited in anticipation for a victory in the ODI series and were rewarded with an 88 run victory over the hosts yesterday. After the first match being abandoned, England was hoping to get the first advantage but now will have to wait for the upcoming matches to turn the tide in their favor.
Lack of fast bowlers and with few options on the field, this young English team couldn’t face the daunting task of chasing 316 runs. They have some of the spunk after a long summer of cricket and it’s beginning to show. Boyd Rankin’s 2-49 was impressive but couldn’t contain the likes of Clarke and Bailey. Though James Tredwell and Ben Stokes struggled and were smashed away for fours and sixes, Ravi Bopara was successful with 2 wickets and conceded just 32 runs from eight overs. Eoin Morgan’s claims of a strong batting line-up didn’t convince the spectators. Kevin Pietersen and Jos Buttler lived up to the team’s expectations and contributed with 60 and 75 runs respectively. The captain himself made 54 runs in the uphill task of getting runs on board, however there wasn’t any support from the middle order. England needs to reinvent their strategy going into the remaining ODI matches.
Michael Clarke led the team to an 88 run victory against England. The Captain along with George Bailey put up a strong 155 runs in 22 overs that anchored Australia’s chances. Clarke’s 105 from 102 balls and Bailey’s support with 82 from 67 balls gave them a strong start. Finch contributed with a run-a-ball 45; however he couldn’t repeat his recent heroics. The middle order batsmen made up for the poor show of the top order and put up a massive target of 315. The bowlers had a good field day and there was something for each of them. Mitchell Johnson’s inclusion in the ODI has paid off well for the visitors. He is back in form and his figure of 2-36 along with McKay’s 3 splendid wickets paved the way for an Aussie win. Fawad Ahmed’s leg-spin cut-short England’s aspirations of a late comeback into the game, though there’s lots of room for improvement. Australia has the required head start and will not make it easy for England.
With their recently found success after a long dry spell, Australia looks very confident for the remaining matches. England has not taken the loss too well and will definitely show their destructive side on Wednesday. The hosts will tighten their bowling performance and come back with a better strategy. Australia has experience on its side and is hungry for more wins. It’ll be an even contest; however, the Aussies are definitely the favorites here.
Australia, 1.67 @ William Hill
Shaun Marsh got out without troubling the scorers in the previous game, but he has done superbly in almost all previous games. Along with him, Aaron Finch has shown how demolishing he can be with the bat. Both of their openers are in extremely good form and it would be really tough for young English bowlers to dismiss them. I believe that their opening pair will easily surpass the score of 25.
Fall Of 1st Australia Wicket:
Over 25.5, 1.83 @ William Hill