England vs Australia
June 13, 2018
Kennington Oval, London
The Oval is a typical English wicket, where inattention in the first hour of play will lead to the batsman’s dismissal by the quicks. But once the initial threat has been navigated, the track will have plenty of runs for batsmen. The new ball always assists the pacers on a fresh and a swinging wicket here, but it is unlikely that the team winning the toss would want to bowl first. With hardly any aid for the spinners, and with history too indicating that spin is not a big weapon on the Oval pitch, teams are unlikely to pick more than one slower bowler in their side.
England and Australia are ready to continue their rivalry in a 5-match ODI series that will be followed by a T20I game. The hosts were upstaged by an upbeat Scotland side in the one-off ODI, but that could have been a minor blip as the English have been one of the most consistent sides in the ODI format in the last year or so. They will be buoyed by the return of Jos Buttler, who was rested for the match against Scotland. Buttler’s performance will be the key as England look to start the series with a win.
Australia, on the other hand, will play an ODI game for the first time since Steven Smith and David Warner’s suspension for the ball-tampering incident in South Africa. The Aussies will be eager to show that they have put the negativity surrounding the scandal behind them with a clinical showing in the series.
Head to Head
Total matches – 142
England – 56 wins (39%)
Australia – 81 wins (57%)
England – WLWWL
Australia – LWLLL
England vs Australia
England Probable XI
Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler, Alex Hales, Eoin Morgan (capt), Joe Root, Jason Roy, Moeen Ali, Liam Plunkett, Tom Curran, Adil Rashid, David Willey
Australia Probable XI
Tim Paine (capt), Aaron Finch, Glenn Maxwell, Shaun Marsh, D’Arcy Short, Andrew Tye, Nathan Lyon, Marcus Stoinis, Travis Head, Kane Richardson, Billy Stanlake
Players to watch
David Willey @ 8.5 Credits – Willey, in his short career, has impressed with his consistency, and with the Australians without their premier batsmen, he could prove to be a threat in the series. In 35 games so far, Willey has taken 36 ODI wickets with an economy rate of 5.70. He is more than a handy batsman as well, which makes him a player to watch out for.
Jos Buttler @ 8.5 Credits – Buttler is in the form of his life, having scored five consecutive fifties in the IPL, and then returning to the Test side to hit two fifties in two games. His strike-rate of 118.02 in this format shows how dangerous he can be at the top of the order, and with Australia without the likes of Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood for the tour, Buttler could score big!
D’Arcy Short @ 8.5 Credits – Though Short had a below-par IPL, he impressed against the moving ball during the Big Bash League, and is expected to make his ODI debut on Wednesday.
Tim Paine @ 8.5 Credits – Paine will lead the Aussie side in the absence of Steven Smith, and he is likely to show the way to his relatively inexperienced side. He was given the role of leading the side in the Test match in South Africa after Smith was banned, and he impressed with a calm knock of 62 under pressure. The same level-headed mindset is what we can expect from Paine in this series as well.
Ashton Agar (AUS) @ 8 credits
The track at The Oval is unlikely to help the slower bowlers. Australia may go in with Nathan Lyon as their sole spinner and Agar may have to sit out of this game.
Liam Plunkett (ENG) @ 8.5 credits
Plunkett could be a solid pick as he has the ability to change the game with both bat or ball. The Englishman has played 66 ODIs for his country, picking up 102 wickets at an average of 30.46. He has a strike-rate of 102.17 with the bat, and including him would be a wise move.
Suggested team balance
England come into the match having won 3 of their last 5 matches while Australia have won just once in their previous 5 games. All 4 of their losses came against England and with the match being played in London, it is suggested you pick 6 or 7 players from the home team. Pacers should be your choice of bowlers as the conditions are expected to favour them.