The exciting one-day international series between Australia vs England moves to Sydney for third match of a five match series. After won the Ashes successfully, the home side Australia lost both of the first two ODIs while England looks supreme in limited overs series. Will Australia make a comeback in the series? Third ODI between Australia vs England scheduled to start at 2:20 PM Local | 8:50 AM IST on Sunday, 21st January 2018.
Just like the first match, Aaron Finch scored a century in a second ODI too, but the collapses in the middle-order and an average bowling attack caused Australia for the second time in a row. After that heavy defeat in the first ODI, Australia made three changes to their lineups for a second game. Alex Carey who scored a plenty of runs for Adelaide Strikers in the ongoing BBL season, joined Aussie squad as a back-up for wicket-keeper Tim Paine. As Paine down with illness, Carey made his ODI debut on Friday. Jhye Richardson also made his ODI debut for Australia. Cameron White came into the side for the first time in almost three years. Tim Paine and Hazlewood were out with illness while Pat Cummins rested. The openers David Warner and Finch put up a good partnership this time, but Warner who dismissed for only 2 runs in the first game, departed for 35 runs. Warner is one of the best opener in the world and he will be back to form at his home ground in Sydney on Sunday. Aaron Finch has scored back-to-back hundreds in both matches, become a must pick player for this game. He may go for three in three on Sunday.
Captain Steven Smith started off well but dismissed for 23 runs in the first match, he started well once again in a second but this time he got out for less than 20 runs. As he heading to his home ground, we can expect a comeback innings from him in this game. Travis Head failed with a bat once again, he scored 5 and 7 runs respectively in those matches. He also not good shape with a bowl as well. Cameron White, the in-form batsman might move to no. 4 in the batting order which means Head will go down to no. 6 quite possibly. After scoring a handy half-century in the first game, all-rounder Mitch Marsh played an useful hand once again on Friday. He bats well at the moment, hopes for more runs from him in Sydney. Australia didn’t use Mitch Marsh’s bowling skills much in both matches, but he may make an impact with a bowl soon.
Marcus Stoinis strengthen Aussies middle-order with his quick scoring abilities in end overs. He was misfired in the second game but will be back stronger in this game. He should improve his bowling in this game. On the absence of Tim Paine, wicket-keeper Alex Carey made his debut and scored 27 off 24 balls. He will travel to Sydney, if Paine is fit for this game then Carey will move back to Adelaide Strikers or else he will play another game for Australia. Pat Cummins who was rested on Friday, expected to be in the XI on Sunday. SCG is the home ground for both Mitchell Starc and Cummins, which means the main bowlers has a bright chance to fire-up in this game. Starc already shined with a four wicket haul in the second game. T20 specialist Andrew Tye remained wicket-less for a second match in a row in this series. His place under doubtful after those average performances. Jhye Richardson claimed two wickets on a debut and he might keep his place in the XI on Sunday.
The heroics of Jason Roy gave up 1-0 lead to the visitors England. But in the second game a collective efforts of Joe Root, Chris Woakes, Jonny Bairstow and Alex Hales helped them to take 2-0 lead in the 5 match series. Part-time Joe Root came up with an amazing 7 overs spell which brought back in England into the game. He responded well with a bat too and that made him to claim man of the match reward. Jason Roy who scored a mighty 180 runs in the first ODI, unfortunately dismissed for only 2 runs in the very first over. As he used to play at SCG for Sydney Sixers we could expect another good performances from him on Sunday. Jonny Bairstow failed to utilize the good start he got in the first game, but he came with a stunning innings in a second match and scored 60 runs off 56 balls. The wicket-keeping batsman may come with another half-century or more in this game.
Just alike Bairstow, Alex Hales also dismissed early in the first game, but scored a much needed half-century in the second. The limited overs specialist may utilize the opportunity and go for big knock in this game. Joe Root who played a supportive role with an unbeaten 91 runs in Melbourne, played another good innings and remained unbeaten once again with 46 runs on Friday. His bowling efforts of 2 for 37 were exceptional, Root is the match-winner and he desperate to play a good innings once again in this game. Skipper Eoin Morgan yet to score big runs in the series but that not far away. The hard-hitting Jos Buttler played a very good innings of 42 off 32 balls in the second ODI. He has a chance to move up in the order based on match situation on Sunday. Moeen Ali’s horrible run with a bat continued when he dismissed for just 1 run in a second ODI on Friday. He bowls decently well, but when it come to bat he fails again and again on this tour.
Bowling all-rounder Chris Woakes has played a scintillating knock in the closing stage of second match. First he bowled well in his 9 overs spell and claimed 1 for 37. Later on, he came with score of 39 off just 27 balls and assured 4 wickets victory for his team. Woakes always steps up with both bat and bowl and no wonder he shows all-round performances on Sunday. The leg-spinner Adil Rashid progress may creates a worry for the team. He conceded 70+ runs in both occasions but used to pick 2 wickets each in both matches. Morgan has lot of faith in Rashid and will help him to get a game once again. Mark Wood was expensive and wicket-less on Friday, that may allows David Willey to join the XI for a first time in the series. The wicket-taking bowler Plunkett will keep his place in the XI safely.
KEY PLAYERS :
- David Warner
- Steven Smith
- Aaron Finch
- Mitch Marsh
- Marcus Stoinis
- Pat Cummins
- Mitch Starc
- Joe Root
- Jason Roy
- Alex Hales
- Jos Buttler
- Chris Woakes
- Liam Plunkett
- Moeen Ali
POSSIBLE LINEUPS :
1. David Warner, 2. Aaron Finch, 3. Steven Smith, 4. Cameron White / Travis Head, 5. Mitch Marsh, 6. Marus Stoinis, 7. Tim Paine / Alex Carey, 8. Pat Cummins, 9. Mitchell Starc, 10. Adam Zampa, 11. Andrew Tye / Jhye Richardson.
1. Jason Roy, 2. Jonny Bairstow, 3. Alex Hales, 4. Joe Root, 5. Eoin Morgan, 6. Jos Buttler, 7. Moeen Ali, 8. Chris Woakes, 9. Mark Wood / David Willey, 10. Liam Plunkett, 11. Adil Rashid.