Australia rolled back the years and showed England that they still boss the old rivals. A 19-run win at Old Trafford on Friday gave Australia a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. The onus is now on England to do the running in the second match on Sunday.
England will be confident of turning things around and possibly with the same side. Eoin Morgan’s World Champions will be looking to save the series. Australia will be looking at the fitness of Steve Smith and Mitchell Starc as they plot another England downfall.
England’s top guns struggled with the bat, as Jason Roy and Joe Root showed their lack of match practice on Friday. Jonny Bairstow picked up after a slow start and will look to continue his good form. Eoin Morgan and Jos Buttler didn’t get going but will be key for England. Sam Billings has always been the dark horse and could do the job once again.
Mark Wood and Jofra Archer had three wickets each in the first ODI. Their subtle pace changes made the difference in the slog overs. Once again they remain crucial for England’s chances. Adil Rashid continues to be among the wickets and his consistency could be a really big positive for England.
Australia struggled at the top but their middle-order picked the pieces and got them to a good score. Steve Smith missed the first ODI as a precaution after being hit on the head in the nets. The chances of him playing this match look strong and that could mean Marcus Stoinis might miss the bus.
Josh Hazlewood showed his worth to the side with three wickets, while Adam Zampa was brilliant with his spell. Both look strong contenders to be part of your fantasy side, especially with the same pitch being used again.
Fantasy Players to Watch
Jos Buttler didn’t have a great time with the bat but remains a very dangerous proposition for Australia. His wicket-keeping points are a bonus.
Mitchell Marsh showed that he is ready to book his spot in the Australian middle-order with a confident knock of 73 runs. His bowling is also a bonus for your fantasy side.
England: 1 Jason Roy 2 Jonny Bairstow (WK) 3 Joe Root 4 Eoin Morgan (C) 5 Sam Billings 6 Jos Buttler (WK) 7 Moeen Ali 8 Jofra Archer 9 Chris Woakes 10 Adil Rashid 11 Mark Wood
Australia: 1 Aaron Finch (C) 2 David Warner 3 Steve Smith 4 Marnus Labuschagne 5 Mitchell Marsh 6 Alex Carey (WK) 7 Glenn Maxwell 8 Pat Cummins 9 Kane Richardson 10 Josh Hazlewood 11 Adam Zampa
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