This will be Australia’s first series after the ball-tampering controversy in South Africa, that shook the world, and Cricket Australia lost some of its good players.
However, the Aussies will now have to put the episode behind and gear up for the challenge in England.
The Aussies will play 5 One-Day and one T20 International match on this tour. The first ODI will be played today, at the Kennington Oval in London. Team Australia is confident to win the series, with two wins under their belt from their warm-up games.
In the first warm-up game the Aussies won against Sussex by 57 runs and in the second defeated Middlesex by a 101 run margin. It was an all-around performance in the display from the Australian’s. However, in the absence of Steve Smith and David Warner, they do have some serious thinking to do in regards to the batting department.
The bowling, nevertheless, looked good in both the warm-up matches; but surely Australia will miss Mitchell Starc and Ashton Agar in their playing XI. Bowlers like Kane Richardson, Billy Stanlake, Marcus Stoinis and Andrew Tye will have to deliver for the Aussies.
Hosts England will, however, want to put the loss against Scotland behind and will have to focus on the series ahead. Eoin Morgan will want to repeat what they did against Australia when these two teams met for the 5 match ODI series last time.
Morgan and his men, had at the time, clinched the ODI series when England toured Australia in early 2018.
England’s batsmen will need to be consistent in the ODI series, the form of skipper Morgan, Jason Roy, Joe Root and Jos Buttler will be crucial for the home team in this series.
Jos Buttler who had a brilliant IPL 2018 season, was terrific for the Rajasthan Royals and has continued that form in the test match series against Pakistan, which allowed England to draw the test series after losing the first test. His form will also be crucial if England were to win.
Ben Stokes will be missed
England will, nonetheless, miss the services of their star all-rounder Ben Stokes as he has to sit out due to injury.
England’s bowling department
For England, batting looks stable, but the bowling department will be a spot of bother for the hosts. The bowlers conceded 371 runs against a team like Scotland, which is a huge worry sign for Morgan and his men.
With Stoke’s absence, England is already in trouble. Bowlers like Mark Wood, David Willey, Liam Plunkett and Tom Curran will have to deliver the goods. They need to find ways to restrict Australia to a low score.
England will also rely heavily upon their two spinners, Adil Rashid and Moen Ali. They have not given their top performance with the bowl in ODI cricket, in recent times. However, irrespective of the outcome the fans of the “Gentle Man’s Game” is sure to be treated to a good series.
The playing XI of England –
Jos Buttler, Johnny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan, Sam Billings, Moen Ali, David Willey, Adil Rashid, Liam Punkett, Mark Wood, Jake Ball.
The Playing XI of Australia –
Aaron Finch, Travis Head, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Alex Carey, Marcus Stoinis, Tim Paine (C), Andrew Tye, Kane Richardson, Billy Stanlake and Nathan Lyon.
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