1st ODI Cricket Preview – Australia v England: Sunday 2:20pm AEDT at MCG
England will want to put a disappointing Ashes campaign behind them when the best of five ODI series gets underway against Australia at the MCG on Sunday.
|Top Australia Batsman||Travis Head ($6)|
|Top England Batsman||Eoin Morgan ($5.50)|
|Top Australia Bowler||Pat Cummins ($4)|
|Top England Bowler||Adil Rashid ($3.70)|
Australia and England will put their whites in the wash and focus on the 50-over format of the game, starting with the 1st ODI at the MCG on Sunday. Australia will already have to make a change to their squad, with Brisbane Heat master blaster, Chris Lynn ruled out of the series with a calf injury. There’s a host of candidates to replace Lynn, with Glenn Maxwell, Shaun Marsh, Usman Khawaja, Peter Handscomb and D’Arcy Short all throwing their hats in the ring. Australia lost their most recent ODI series 4-1 in India back in September, while England was too strong for the West Indies in September, defeating the Windies 4-0 in their best of five match series. It’s worth noting that Australia was without the services of both Josh Hazlewood and Mitchell Starc for the ODI series in India. Jonny Bairstow was the hero in the ODI series win over the West Indies, leading all run-scorers with 302 runs at an impressive average of 151.
Head to Head
Australia won the most recent ODI series (excluding the ICC Champions Trophy) against England 3-2 when they clashed in England back in 2015. A few of the star performers for the series were Eoin Morgan for England and Pat Cummins for Australia. Morgan was the top runscorer for the series with 288 runs at an average of 69.50, while Cummins led the bowlers with 12 wickets at an average of 19.66 and an impressive strike-rate of 22. England has won three of the last four ODIs between the countries, while Australia has won eight of the past 11, going back further. England won the most recent ODI over Australia at last year’s ICC Champions Trophy in England, courtesy of D/L method by 40 runs. Mark Wood and Adil Rashid both picked up four wickets, while Ben Stokes (102*) and Eoin Morgan (87) guided England to victory with the bat. Australia has won three of their last four ODIs at the MCG, losing to Pakistan by 6 wickets last year. The Wolf likes the make-up of this English squad, with the likes of Sam Billings, Jos Buttler, Jason Roy and David Willey all having recent experience in Australian conditions through their involvement in BBL 07. The recent record over Australia stacks up nicely and The Wolf is keen to take England as outsiders in what shapes up as a very even contest.
Top Australian Batsman
Travis Head currently sits in eighth position for most runs scored (187) in BBL 07, with a strike-rate of 126.35. The Wolf is expecting Australia to lose early wickets, so it could present a great opportunity for Head to get plenty of time out in the middle. Head made 71* off 64 balls in last year’s ICC Champions Trophy match against England and looks great value around the $6 quote here.
Top English Batsman
Eoin Morgan has a great record against Australia in ODIs. He is the second all-time run scorer in ODIs between Australia and England, with 1565 runs (33 runs behind Ricky Ponting) at an average of 44.71, with three centuries and 11 fifties under his belt. Morgan made 87 off 81 balls in last year’s Champions Trophy match against Australia and was the top runscorer (278 runs, Avg. 69.50) in Australia’s 3-2 ODI series win over England in 2015.
Top Australian Bowler
Pat Cummins was the leading wicket-taker in the 2015 ODI series against England, with 12 wickets at an average of 19.66 and strike-rate of 22. Cummins was outstanding during the recent Ashes series and was the leading wicket-taker for the series with 23 wickets. The biggest thing for Cummins was to get through a series unscathed as his run of injuries has been well-documented. He’s got the measure of the English and appears to be healthy. Look for him to fire at the MCG!
Top English Bowler
Adil Rashid was England’s leading wicket-taker in the ODI series against Australia back in 2015, picking up seven wickets and was also more than effective in England’s recent 4-0 ODI series win over the West Indies, taking seven wickets once again. England have been crying out for a damaging spinner in their side after the well-documented struggles of Moeen Ali during the recent Ashes series. Could be very dangerous against Australia’s middle order.