2nd ODI Cricket Preview
England v Australia
Saturday, 16 June, 8pm, Sophia Gardens, Cardiff
|Top England Batsman||Jonny Bairstow ($4.50)|
|Top Australia Batsman||Marcus Stoinis ($5.50)|
|Top England Bowler||Adil Rashid ($4)|
|Top Australia Bowler||Andrew Tye ($3.70)|
It was a new series for Australia but the same issues reared their ugly head. Australia’s struggles against the turning ball have been well-documented and it continued in the 1st ODI at The Oval which was won by England by 3 wickets. Spinners Moeen Ali (3/43) and Adil Rashid (2/36) did all the damage, combining to dismiss four of the five Australian top order. Ali and Rashid have combined for 43 wickets in 31 ODI matches against Australia and look to have their measure. Will we see a fightback by Australia in the 2nd ODI in Cardiff? The Wolf isn’t so sure.
Head to Head
The Wolf tipped up Australia in the 1st ODI on the back of England’s recent shock loss to Scotland. It didn’t work out and he won’t be making the same mistake here. Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali tore through the Australian top order, and if it wasn’t for a rearguard action by Glenn Maxwell (62) and Ashton Agar (40), Australia would have been dismissed very cheaply. England is currently in a strong position with the likes of Jonny Bairstow, Joet Root and Eoin Morgan looking solid with the bat, while the absence of the experienced duo of David Warner and Steve Smith was evident in the 1st ODI. England to take a 2-0 series lead in Cardiff.
Top English Batsman
The Wolf is a big fan of Jonny Bairstow and thinks he could be in the runs at Cardiff. He made 105 in the recent ODI against Scotland and looked promising in his short cameo of 28 off 23 balls in the 1st ODI against Australia. Bairstow also made 43 in the semi-final of the ICC Trophy against Pakistan here last year. If he see off Billy Stanlake early, he’ll cash in!
Top Australian Batsman
Marcus Stoinis got a start in the 1st ODI against England, making 22 off 32 balls before he was one of Adil Rashid’s two victims at The Oval. He also made 110 in the warm-up match against Sussex, and is seeing the ball well enough to make runs here. He looks great value at $5.50 especially if he holds his position at No.4 in the batting line-up. Very explosive player that can go big once he gets in.
Top English Bowler
It’s hard to go past Adil Rashid here. He combined extremely well with Moeen Ali in the 1st ODI win over Australia, picking up 2/36 off his 10 overs. He now has 25 wickets in 15 ODI matches against Australia.
Top Australian Bowler
Andrew Tye is a T20 specialist but has proven that he can do a job in 50-over cricket too. He took 2/42 in the 1st ODI against England, and is always a wicket-taking option, whether it’s his deceptive change in pace, or bowling at the death when the opposition is hitting out.