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Australia v England 1st ODI Preview and Predictions - England to rebound from Ashes hell

Rippa Staff 12 Jan 2018
  • Australia won the Ashes 4-0
  • The two sides begin a five-match ODI series
  • Can England bounce back in the different format?

Australia dominated and decimated England in the Ashes series 4-0, but they face a completely different challenge in the upcoming five-match ODI series. 

With England set to host the 2019 Cricket World Cup, this series should start the preparations towards that.

The first match of the series is scheduled to be played at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on Sunday, January 14. Will the Aussies continue their domination or do the visitors find a new gear with the change of format?

Match Preview


Australia have made some changes to their ODI squad, but the core of the team remains the same from the Ashes winning side. The Steve Smith captained side will have a fair mix of ODI specialists, especially as the workload of the bowlers is monitored.

Aaron Finch, Travis Head, and Cameron White should fancy their chances of playing while Adam Zampa is sure to get a chance being the lone spinner in the team. Andrew Tye or Jhye Richardson could come into contention should one of the three main bowlers – Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, and Josh Hazlewood – is rested.

Even with all these changes, Smith and David Warner continue to be their leading lights with the bat.

For England, there will be a complete overhaul of the Test squad, which should work to their advantage. Eoin Morgan will have an exciting and aggressive unit at his disposal – Alex Hales, Jonny Bairstow, Morgan, and Jos Buttler to name a few.

The visitors had a good outing in the practice match as most of the starters impressed. Bowling will be in the hands of Liam Plunkett, David Willey, and Chris Woakes while Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali will hope to get the nod for the spinner’s slot.

Joe Root should be available for England after missing the final day action of the final Test match. 

Player Watch


It was almost three years ago that White last played an ODI for Australia. Chris Lynn’s injury opened an opportunity for the experienced batsman, who could be asked to shore up the Aussie middle-order. With an average of 34.52, White never did justice to his immense potential – is this his second homecoming? 

England’s transformation into an aggressive ODI outfit coincided with the form of Hales. Over the last couple of years, he has averaged 49.15 which is 12 runs more than his career average, and has scored four of his five ODI centuries during this period.

Stats


Australia love to play at the MCG and have a great record here in 122 games (W74, L44). It gets better against England, against whom they played 22 matches (W16, L6). At the MCG, Australia have lost only one of their last eight ODIs against England (W7, L1).

Predictions and Tips


Change of format equals change of fortunes? There is a temptation to back the visitors, purely based on their recent form. The visitors may surprise a few – so back England to win at odds of $2.54 (TopBetta).

England’s premise in the ODIs is simple – keep playing aggressively. With the kind of strong hitters at its disposal, England may just edge out their hosts in the initial stages. Back England to score the highest in the first 15 overs at odds of $2.10 (William Hill).


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