England v Australia – ODI Series Finale
Australia Tour of England
Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester
Wednesday 16th September
Live from 12:30 pm on Sky Sports Cricket HD & Test Match Special
It’s been a wild few months of cricket – and thank god we’ve have cricket to watch! -It’s so exciting to be going into the last ODI with something to play for. It’s been an amazing summer in difficult and unprecedented times and English cricket fans have been blessed with a consistent of stream of top lass action – and a lot of it on the BBC, to boot – hopefully it ends with a bang.
2nd ODI Review
It was so great for fans to enjoy an absolute thriller – that either side can win the series is absolutely brilliant to see and the players have done superbly – it’s been a big ask of them to be away from everyone from their teammates, and I sympathise a lot with Jofra Archer who pointed out there difficult of being away from their family for so long. All players are different but this has been a sudden change for many and it’s understandable that it’ll take a toll. We owe a debt to these players and hopefully some will get a chance to see their loved ones before they fly to India for IPL duty.
Going back to the second ODI – it was glorious to see England’s bowlers take the lead in a brilliant comeback. All of Chris Woakes (3-32) Jofra Archer (3-34) and Sam Curran (3-35) are brilliant bowlers and they all matched the Australian line-up to a tee. It was a huge performance not just for the win – but also for a gameplan for the World Cup, where England will have to defend low totals at least once of more if they’re going to win.
These two teams have a right to say they’re the best ODI side in the world, and whilst India and New Zealand are also right in the conversation, it will take a lot to get either England or Australia beaten at the next World Cup.
3rd ODI Preview
England will be desperate to win another series – every victory against them counts and with the Ashes coming soon the hosts will be desperate for any mental advantage too. There’s also the small matter of two World Cups next year – so this should make for another really watchable final game.
It’ll be interesting to see if Steve Smith plays – he passed a concussion test but has missed the last two games, and would add something significant to Australia’s middle order and in the field if he did take to the field in the last game.
Aaron Finch was pretty much the only Australian batsman who managed to settle into a rhythm on what proved to be a day for the bowlers, and if Australia are going to take the series then he’ll have to be at the forefront of the batting effort. 3/1 looks fair about him being top scorer.
Sam Billings didn’t match his opening century in the second game, but it proved what how could do and given how well Australia have been bowling, there has to be a bigger chance than 13/2 that he’s got a realistic shot at being England’s top scorer.
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