About the Match
While it was no surprise that Australia registered a 3-0 win in the ODI series against arch rivals England; it was disappointing to see the latter hardly put up any fight to avoid the humiliating defeat down-under. The English have hit rock bottom with this defeat and on the other hand Team Australia has catapulted to becoming the No.1 ODI side in ICC rankings. The two sides will play each other in the 4th ODI match at Perth on Jan 24th and while it may be just a formality, the English will try to register a face-saving win provided they can brace themselves for the Aussie challenge that is at its peak right now with the ODI series win.
The Aussies weren’t at their sharpest in the chase for 244 run target set by the English in the 3rd ODI; Finch was dismissed quite early after posting a 43-run opening partnership with Warner, which the latter continued alongside Shaun Marsh to add another 78 runs. Clarke and Haddin contributed well to take the team home safely. The bowlers were deadly and Coulter-Nile, Faulkner and Christian provided regular breakthroughs to cripple the opponents and restrict them to a humble 243 runs. While the batting has been at its peak, the bowlers too have shown tremendous determination to perform better with each passing match. While Warner, Clarke and Haddin have been rested for the 4th ODI, Bailey will lead the team with Johnson joining the squad as his deputy and Matthew Wade being the replacement for Haddin. Steven Smith might come in at Clarke’s place joining the middle order while the bowling squad has been left untouched. This team has already achieved its goal of winning the series but they will not be any less threatening to the opponents.
While the 3rd ODI showed greater resolve by the batsmen to do better, they failed to steady the partnerships and could muster up only 243 runs; while Cook and Bell gave a good start by posting 50-run partnership, they couldn’t survive for long. Bopara and Morgan showed great promise and at one stage looked confident to get the big score, but they faltered after scoring a partnership of 56 runs. While Morgan posted 54 runs off 58 deliveries, Tim Bresnan’s effort of posting 41 runs off 29 balls was commendable. Had there been more support from the rest of the batting line-up, England surely could have put the Aussies in trouble; however, the total wasn’t enough and couldn’t be defended by the bowlers who didn’t have much luck on their side. More than the performances, the team needs to be positive minded and focused on playing to their strengths. The morale of the players is a major concern and they need to move ahead with a strong attitude here to return home with something to cheer about.
There are a few changes in the Aussie squad for the 4th ODI with some of the key players being rested; however, this will hardly affect their performances as they are riding high with energy and a boosted morale. The English on the other hand seem to have lost the plot and unless they comeback with a strong determination to win, the Aussies look well placed to finish this game off with a win and march towards 5-0 in the ODI series too.
Australia, 1.44 @ Titan Bet
Australian openers have been brilliant so far in the series with David Warner and Aaron Finch punishing the English bowlers. Although Warner will not be playing this game, the home team still has plenty of replacements for him. English openers may not have done that well, but they are good players and can bounce back. With good opening pairs of both the sides, I think the first wicket will fall on or after 28-runs are put on the board.
Fall of First Wicket:
28 and Over, 2.00 @ Bet365