3rd ODI Cricket Preview
England v Australia
Tuesday, 19 June, 11pm, Trent Bridge, Nottingham
|Top England Batsman||Jonny Bairstow ($4.40)|
|Top Australia Batsman||Glenn Maxwell ($5.50)|
|Top England Bowler||Liam Plunkett ($4)|
|Top Australia Bowler||Andrew Tye ($3.70)|
Australia’s 38-run loss to England in the 2nd ODI in Wales, sees them drop to a 34-year low ranking of 6th in the world in the ODI format of the game. England now holds a 2-0 lead in the best of five-match series, with Jason Roy’s 120 and Jos Buttler’s 91* setting England a mammoth total of 342 in the 2nd ODI. Australia was very gallant in the run chase on the back of a blistering 131 by Shaun Marsh, but didn’t get much support outside of Ashton Agar (46). The story of the match was the inexperienced Australian bowling attack not getting the job done. Arguably, Australia’s best bowler in the 1st ODI, Billy Stanlake pulled out of the 2nd ODI with a toe injury, adding to Justin Langer’s frustrations, with Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins all unavailable for the series. What was even more impressive about England’s win in the 2nd ODI was the ability to set such a competitive score when they were missing Eoin Morgan, who is the all-time leading run-scorer in ODIs between England and Australia, with 1733 runs at an average of 42.26.
Head to Head
It was always going to be a learning curve for this Australian side which is missing a plethora of talent and experience. England have put the embarrassment of their shock loss to Scotland behind them, and have looked superior in winning the first two matches of this ODI series against Australia. As pointed out, the fact that England can call on a player like Jos Buttler in the absence of Eoin Morgan, highlights the headaches that this young Australian bowling attack will face throughout the series. Speaking of Buttler, he has scores of 90 and 93 in his last two ODIs at Trent Bridge. England will also have fond memories of their ODI match against Pakistan here in 2016. They blastered 444 at the ground which is now the highest ODI total at Trent Bridge. England have now won nine of the last 11 ODIs against Australia and simply have too much batting depth for this Australian bowling attack.
Top English Batsman
The Wolf tipped Jonny Bairstow for most English runs in the last ODI, but unfortunately it was his fellow opener, Jason Roy who went berzerk, smashing 120 off 108 balls. The signs are looking good for Bairstow though. He hammered 42 off 24 balls in the 2nd ODI and a triple-figure score is just around the corner. It was just over a week ago where he scored a ton against the Scottish.
Top Australian Batsman
Glenn Maxwell has made scores of 62 and 31 in the opening two ODIs of the series and looks a great bet here when you consider the woes of Australia’s top order outside of Shaun Marsh’s knock in Cardiff. ‘The Big Show’ averages 41.40 in ODI cricket against England and needs to start making the most of these starts. There’s also the chance that Justin Langer might also decide to move him up the batting order.
Top English Bowler
Liam Plunkett is the series leading wicket-taker after two matches, with 7 wickets at an average of 13.57. He recorded figures of 4/53 in the at Cardiff and now has 24 wickets in 14 ODI matches against Australia. He’s bowling with plenty of confidence at the moment and it would be unwise to jump off now.
Top Australian Bowler
Andrew Tye recorded figures of 2/42 at The Oval in the 1st ODI, and followed it up with 2/81 in the 2nd ODI at Sophia Gardens. There’s plenty of question marks surrounding this Australian bowling attack, but Tye has at least proven himself in T20 cricket and in the IPL.