4th ODI Cricket Preview – Australia v England: Friday 2:20pm AEDT, Adelaide Oval
It took a brilliant 113-run partnership between Jos Buttler (100 of 83 balls) and Chris Woakes (53 off 36 balls) to get England out of trouble in the 3rd ODI at the SCG and it ultmately proved the difference as Australia fell short by 16 runs in their run chase, handing England an unassailable 3-0 series lead. Pride will be on the line for Australia in the 4th ODI in Adelaide, while England would love nothing more than a 5-0 series whitewash after the disappointment of the recent Ashes series.
|Top Australia Batsman||David Warner ($4.40)|
|Top England Batsman||Joe Root ($4)|
|Top Australia Bowler||Josh Hazlewood ($3.70)|
|Top England Bowler||Adil Rashid ($4)|
Head to Head
It’s been an unhappy time for Australia in the 50-over format of the game in recent times, winning just one of their last 10 completed ODIs. They have also lost six of their last 7 ODIs against England. Australia will be aiming to avoid a 5-0 whitewash at the hands of England and put a dampener on what was a very successful Ashes series for Steve Smith’s men. The last time Australia lost an ODI series 5-0 was in South Africa in 2016. It’s worth mentioning that Australia had a second-string pace attack, with Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins all missing. Australia has won their last three ODI matches at the Adelaide Oval and defeated England by 5 runs at the Adelaide Oval on Australia Day in 2014. England has won four of their 16 ODI matches played at the Adelaide Oval, while Australia will be hoping for a repeat of last year’s Australia Day ODI at the Adelaide Oval. Australia defeated Pakistan by 57 runs after posting a record-breaking 7/369. David Warner (179) posted the highest ODI score at the Adelaide Oval, with Travis Head opening the batting alongside Warner and scoring 128. It’s hard to knock England in their current form, but The Wolf is expecting a big performance from Australia on Australia Day of all days, especially with their backs against the wall.
Top Australian Batsman
The loss of Aaron Finch to a hamstring strain means it’s time for the other batsmen in the team to finally step up. The Wolf is banking on David Warner to respond to the challenge. He holds the record for the highest ODI score at the Adelaide Oval after blasting 179 against Pakistan on Australia Day last year and should enjoy good batting conditions in the City of Churches.
Top English Batsman
Joe Root has been outstanding for England during this ODI series, with 164 runs at an average of 164, courtesy of two not out scores of 91* and 46*. He’s proven to be the safety valve when England has lost quick wickets at the top of the order and is worth backing for most English runs while he is in this rich vein of form.
Top Australian Bowler
Josh Hazlewood missed the first two ODIs of the series and made a strong return in the 3rd ODI at the SCG, with figures of 2/58. He dismissed Joe Root and Eoin Morgan at crucial times, and had put Australia in a strong position before Buttler and Woakes put on a masterclass with the bat. Hazlewood recorded figures of 4/35 in the 2015 World Cup quarter-final against Pakistan here and will be hoping for similar success.
Top English Bowler
Adil Rashid is the joint leading wicket-taker for the series, with 6 wickets alongside Mitchell Starc. Rashid has 19 wickets from his 12 ODI matches against Australia and is always a thorn in the side of the Australian batsmen, who have in recent times struggled against spin.