5th ODI Cricket Preview – Australia v England: Sunday 2:20pm AEDT, Optus Stadium, Perth
It was a happy Australia Day for Steve Smith’s men as they recorded their first win of the ODI series, with a 3-wicket victory over England in Adelaide. England never recovered to set a competitive total after a great spell of quick bowling by Pat Cummins (4/24) and Josh Hazlewood (3/39) saw the tourists 5/8 early in the contest. The new Optus Stadium in Perth will play host to its first official match, so it will foreign to both sides other than a few of the Perth Scorchers players in the Australian side and a few of the English players who played in three practice matches at the venue against the Scorchers.
|Top Australia Batsman||Steve Smith ($4)|
|Top England Batsman||Joe Root ($3.70)|
|Top Australia Bowler||Josh Hazlewood ($3.70)|
|Top England Bowler||Chris Woakes ($4.40)|
Head to Head
England leads the series 3-1 and will be looking to return to the winner’s circle after they were blown off the park by Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins in Adelaide. WACA curator Matt Somerville has stated that the drop-in pitch that has been prepared for Optus Stadium should provide sufficient bounce to replicate the conditions of the WACA. Australia will be hoping it proves to be the case, winning 11 of their past 13 ODIs at the WACA, and definitely have the bowling attack to take advantage of quick, bouncy conditions as was proven in Adelaide. It’s a bit of an unknown at a new stadium, but with the possibility of Mitchell Starc to return to the side, The Wolf expects the Australian bowlers to take full advantage in front of a sold-out crowd.
Top Australian Batsman
It’s been an unhappy ODI series for the Australian skipper, with just 90 runs from his four innings. However, he does enjoy playing in Perth at the WACA, scoring 421 runs from six innings at an average of 84.20. You can’t keep a world class player down and The Wolf is expecting a strong response, especially if the conditions at Optus Stadium can resemble the WACA.
Top English Batsman
Joe Root was dismissed for a duck in Adelaide, but like Smith, you can’t keep a class player out of the game too long. He has been very good for England during this ODI series, with 164 runs at an average of 82, courtesy of two not out scores of 91* and 46*.
Top Australian Bowler
Josh Hazlewood (if he isn’t rested) should enjoy bowling at the new Optus Stadium if it resembles anything like the WACA. Hazlewood has 14 wickets from his six ODI matches at the WACA, with an impressive average of 13.71. Hazlewood was excellent in Adelaide, taking 3/39 and has five wickets from the two ODIs he has played in this series against England.
Top English Bowler
Chris Woakes has been outstanding with the bat during the series and has been steady with the ball, picking up five wickets across the four matches played so far. He should appreciate any extra bounce in this drop-in wicket and has the ability to seam the ball.