About the Match
Australia romped on to another big win in the 2nd ODI against England by 64 runs to take a 2-0 lead; they will now try to seal the fate of the ODI series with another win in the upcoming 3rd ODI on 8th September at Manchester. England yet again suffered a middle-order collapse and tried desperately to chase 310 runs but failed to cross the finish line; they will need to pull up their socks if they want to keep their hopes alive here. Australia on the other hand looks invincible right now and will come out all guns blazing to get a favourable result on Tuesday and wipe out the horrific memories of the Ashes series last month.
The upcoming match is a do-or-die contest for the team and although the top order comprising of Alex Hales, JJ Roy, James Taylor and Eoin Morgan is looking goo with the bat at the moment, they have no support from the middle order players like Buttler, Moeen Ali and Woakes. While the captain led from the front with a brilliant 85 off 87 in the last match, the others down the line didn’t survive the pressure and were all-out by the 43rd over.
With the ball, Stokes and Finn were impressive as they took 5 wickets between them but too many runs were given away to the Aussies who finished up with 309 runs. In the first ODI, Adil Rashid was excellent as he scalped 4 wickets giving away a meagre 59 runs but the others couldn’t step up and restrict the opposition.
Overall, they have a good batting line-up and experienced bowlers but they must bring it all together when required and focus on getting the results.
Mitchell Marsh yet again did well with the bat to take the total to 309 runs; his 64 off just 31 deliveries provided the required impetus at the end of the innings, which was started well by Smith’s brilliant 70. Bailey, Maxwell and Watson steadied the middle order with their good knocks and they look good to continue with their impressive batting skills.
On the bowling front, Cummins took 4-56 to topple the English batsmen while Maxwell, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Starc and Marsh took regular wickets to keep the opposition under pressure and win the match by 64 runs. In the first ODI too, the bowlers defended the score very well to help them win the match; overall, they are in good shape to give their team the competitive edge to lift the trophy.
If Smith, Bailey and Maxwell can click well to stabilize the innings against the English bowlers, they definitely can win the next match too; the bowlers will have to be cautious and come out with all their fire-power on Tuesday.
Although they won the Ashes, the English team’s morale is down presently and they need to stick together to comeback in this series; Australia has proved yet again why they are the world champions in limited overs cricket. David Warner will be unavailable for the game and that is a big setback for the Aussies. England haven't played particularly bad. With Warner absent from the Australian squad, I'll place my money on the hosts.
Although the recently concluded Ashes test series was not as good for Steve Smith as the previous ones have been, he still scored some runs nonetheless. He has been Australia's best batsman in the T20 and the ODIs played in the series so far. We expect him to continue his prime with the bat and emerge as Australia's best batsman in the match.
Best Batsman - Australia:
Steve Smith, 3.75 @ Betvictor
Winner: England, 2.2 @ Bet on England now