4th ODI Cricket Preview
England v Australia
Thursday, 21 June, 11pm, Riverside Ground, Durham
|Top England Batsman||Jonny Bairstow ($4)|
|Top Australia Batsman||Marcus Stoinis ($6)|
|Top England Bowler||Adil Rashid ($3.50)|
|Top Australia Bowler||Jhye Richardson ($4)|
Can it get any worse for this Australian side? Their inexperienced bowling attack was hammered to all parts of Trent Bridge as England smashed a record-breaking 6/481, beating their previous ODI record of 3/444, ironically at the same ground. The Australians could only make 239 in reply, handing them their biggest ever defeat in an ODI by 242 runs. The only hope for Australia is to avoid a 5-0 whitewash like they did in Australia last summer, but it remains to be seen whether they’ll be able to shake the demons of Trent Bridge, especially Andrew Tye, who became just the second Australian bowler to concede 100 runs in an ODI.
Head to Head
England have now won 10 of the last 12 ODIs against Australia, while Australia have lost 16 of their past 18 ODIs. This is a very inexperienced Australian side when you consider that their front-line bowling attack in Trent Bridge (Tye, Agar, Stanlake and J.Richardson) have only played a combined 21 ODIs between them. England will only beat themselves if they take their foot off the pedal.
Top English Batsman
It’s not every day that your tip for most runs scores 139 and gets beaten! That’s exactly what happened to Jonny Bairstow in the 3rd ODI, where his 139 off 92 balls was topped by Alex Hale’s 147 off 92 balls. The Wolf is sticking with Bairstow for a third time this series. He has made four ODI hundred in 2018 (equally the record of David Gower for a calendar year) and is seeing the ball like a watermelon.
Top Australian Batsman
Marcus Stoinis made 44 to go with his scores of 22 and 9 across the three ODIs of this series against England. The signs have been there, and he also made 110 in the warm-up match against Sussex at the start of the tour.
Top English Bowler
Adil Rashid has figures of 2/36, 3/70 and 4/47 during the ODI series against Australia and is the clear pick here.
Top Australian Bowler
It’s hard to trust any of the Australian bowlers after the debacle at Trent Bridge, but The Wolf has settled on Jhye Richardson. He took 3/92 at Trent Bridge and also recorded figures of 2/64 at Cardiff.