In an indication of an increasingly congested cricket calendar, newly minted T20 World Cup champions England had to pull out of the jubilation and try to focus on the ostensibly three-match ODI series against Australia.
After nearly 72 hours of celebrating on Monday morning, England’s multiple title-winning heroes will return to the field for the series opener at Adelaide Oval on Thursday.
While it may be difficult for England to be particularly motivated, Australia should be refreshed and determined to bounce back after their disappointing title defense in the T20 World Cup. Australia have selected a near-full-strength side to begin a new ODI era under Pat Cummins, who has taken over from the retired Aaron Finch.
On paper, the series feels very trivial and lacks context as it is not part of the World Cup Super League. Crowd numbers for games in Adelaide, Sydney and Melbourne are expected to reflect a lack of mainstream interest. Just 18,000 fans attended Australia’s mandatory T20 World Cup match against Afghanistan in Adelaide earlier this month – a figure you’d think Cricket Australia would happily carry into the first ODI.
It may be wishful thinking – and you can certainly understand if England are feeling lethargic – but the series still carries some weight. It effectively kicks off preparations for the 50-over World Cup in India, which is less than 12 months away, and gives the last two World Cup champions a chance to experiment and tinker with their line-up. .
Australia had ODI series victories over Zimbabwe and New Zealand in Queensland in August-September, while England’s form was poor in their home summer.
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Having been controversially ruled out of Australia’s aforementioned match against Afghanistan, after struggling in the T20 World Cup where he was at times held back from his traditional new-ball role, Mitchell Starc is set to bounce back in the ODI series. Will be determined. Australia were stripped of the new ball after conceding 14 runs in the opening over of the tournament against New Zealand, which ultimately proved fatal to their title defence. As evidenced by his absence against Afghanistan, Starc’s future in Australia’s T20I line-up is uncertain but he remains central to their ODI bowling attack, and a return to the opening bowling should prove a necessary tonic. can
While many England players struggle to rise to the occasion, Jason Roy has a point to prove after being overlooked for the T20 World Cup as his replacement Alex Hales enjoyed a brilliant comeback. picked up. But Roy has been favored as the preferred 50-over opener and will be looking to repay the faith after a breather. But he will have to contend with Australia’s pace attack to find form ahead of the two-Test series against the West Indies starting later this month.
Australia have chosen a near-full-strength line-up although batting all-rounder Glenn Maxwell will be ruled out of the series after breaking his left leg in a freak accident at a friend’s birthday party. Marcus Stoins and Cameron Greene will comprise the middle order, while Travis Head will get first crack in front of his home faithful in place of Finch as the opener.
Marnus Liebschen and wicketkeeper Alex Carey are back in the line-up, while Steven Smith will bat at No.3 after spending most of the time on the outside in the T20 World Cup. Cummins has recovered from a stomach ailment to lead the ODI side for the first time.
Australia (Probable): 1 Travis Head, 2 David Warner, 3 Steve Smith, 4 Marence Lebusch, 5 Marcus Stones, 6 Cameron Green, 7 Alex Carey (wicket), 8 Pete Cummins (captain), 9 Mitchell Starc, 10 Josh Hazlewood , 11 Adam Zampa
While they will be without Ben Stokes, who has retired from ODI cricket, England will rely on several players who were not part of the T20 World Cup squad to provide a spark. Roy, James Vince and Sam Billings look to do the same, while fast bowler Ollie Stone is in line to play his first ODI in four years.
England (Probable): 1 Jason Roy, 2 James Vince, 3 Phil Salt, 4 Sam Billings 5 Jos Buttler (captain and wicket), 6 Moeen Ali, 7 Sam Curran, 8 Chris Woakes, 9 Adil Rashid, 10 Chris Jordan, 11 Oli stone
Sunny conditions are forecast in Adelaide with a maximum temperature of 23 degrees, which is set to support a typically batting pitch on a ground marked by short square boundaries. Bowlers usually aim full length to force the batsmen to hit long straight boundaries, while the turn is usually clear.