About the Match
With the T20 victory in their bag after an emphatic Ashes series win, England will now look forward to dominating Australia in the 5-match ODI series, which starts with the 1st ODI on 3rd September at Southampton. England had set a good 182-run target in the only T20 match held on Monday, which was defended well by the bowlers in a close finish as they bundled out the Aussie lower order and won the match by 5 runs. Australia didn’t impress much with both bat and ball and they will need to make a comeback here to finish the tour on a high note; England, on the other hand is jubilant with their recent performances and will come out all guns blazing on Thursday to start the ODI series with a win.
Moeen Ali and Eoin Morgan combined their skills to put up a brilliant 135-run partnership for the 3rd wicket against Australia in the T20 match to take the total to 182 runs; Alex Hales, Jos Buttler, Jason Roy and Billings couldn’t do much with the bat but they will need to come back stronger in the upcoming game.
With the ball, Ben Stokes is in good form and along with the likes of David Willey, who took 2 key wickets in the T20 match to give his team the upper hand, the bowling squad looks well set to stifle the opponent.
The team had a good variety of bowlers like Steve Finn, Ali, Topley and Rashid, who can take regular wickets and restrict the run-flow; they just need to stay focused in the 50-over format and bring up a disciplined attack. If they can build a strong partnership if batting first and put up a competitive total on board, then the bowlers do have the necessary firepower to win the match yet again.
Pat Cummins and Nathan Coulter-Nile are in good form as they put up an economical attack and also took wickets to pressurise the English top order but the others like Cameron Boyce, Stoinis and Mitchell Marsh gave away too many easy runs. Starc and Maxwell provide good support but they must combine their strengths and click as a unit.
Chasing 182 runs shouldn’t have been a tough ask, but the Aussie batting line-up struggled to get the big runs despite the presence of stalwarts like Warner and Watson in the top order. While Captain Steven Smith led from the front to post 90 off just 53 balls and Maxwell fought hard by scoring a quick 44 in the T20 contest, the others failed to cross the finish line.
They have good resources on their side but need to use them cleverly and repeat their winning performance, which earned them victory against Ireland recently. They will be cautious against the rejuvenated English attack an if players like Warner, Watson, Bailey and Maxwell can come out all guns blazing, then nothing can stop this team from winning the match.
While England narrowly won the T20 contest against Australia, the ODI match will be a different ball game which needs perseverance and determination to succeed. Australia are the world ODI champions and it will be an uphill task to win against them. The upcoming contest could swing either way, but we feel that Australia will play hard and well to make a comeback with a win here