Aussies in No Mood to Spare England in 5-match ODI Series

September 03 01:02 2015

ausNew Delhi, Thursday, September 3 – It was lately when England beat Australia by 5 runs at Sophia Gardens in Cardiff in only T20 International. Having some eminent names like David Willey, Steven Finn, Sam Billings, Adil Rashid, Alex Hales, Jason Roy, Moeen Ali, Eoin Morgan, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler and Reece Topley in the squad, the hosts looked strong.

However, an interesting contest was on the cards as on Australian side, Steven Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Marsh, David Warner, Shane Watson, Matthew Wade, Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Cameron Boyce, Marcus Stoinis and Nathan Coulter-Nile were included in the playing XI to give their best. But defeat at the hands of England was hurting as the guests won the toss and decided to field first. England put a challenging total of 182 runs and were successful in defending the same as well.

Smith’s innings of 90 runs went into vain after his squad fell 5 runs short to pocket a victory, which may possibly have reduced the pain of losing Ashes Test series last month. However, Australians are in no mood to miss the chance of teaching England a lesson this time. Since just a few hours are left for the first One-Day International match to take place at the Rose Bowl, Southampton, the audience knows a tough fight is to kick off soon.

The World Cup winners hate to lose and losing in sequence is something not seen often from their end. The way English cricketers performed in Test and T20 games is commendable. The defeat by 111 runs by Australia during cricket carnival was hurting them somewhere and this is the reason why none left no stone unturned to outperform others. Sometimes it was Stuart Broad who took everyone and even himself by surprise by letting the tourists to collapse early, while on occasion, Finn’s magic worked.

Alastair Cook grabbed eyeballs for his captaincy skill. Winning was important in several aspects for him and the team and England didn’t disappoint. With sky-high confidence, the home-side is all set to face Australian challenge, which is probable to be enormously difficult in 50-50 over format. Eoin Morgan is to lead England. Eyes will be struck on performance by Ali, Billings, Mark Wood, Jos Buttler, Finn, Alex Hales, Liam Plunkett, Rashid, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, James Taylor, Willey and Chris Woakes.

Smith is to captain Australia in ODIs as well. Hopes from George Bailey, Glenn Maxwell, Shane Watson, Mitchell Marsh, wicketkeeper-batsman Matthew Wade, Coulter-Nile, Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Ashton Agar, Stoinis, James Pattinson, David Warner and Joe Burns are up.  As far as Aussies’ form is taken into consideration then eyes can’t be closed to the truth that they eye a bounce back in the tournament.

They haven’t lost in the previous five one-dayers that were held against Ireland, New Zealand, India, Pakistan and Scotland. While on the other hand, England tasted victories in 3 ODIs and faced defeats in a couple of matches played against the Kiwis. Now it is the time when the travelers look forward to make best use of the chance to crush England in the 5-match ODI series, which start today in a short while.

Support for Morgan-led side is going to be more as compared to Smith’s men. Thanks to recent wins and great fans in the stands, England are confident enough to continue their winning streak further but would Australians let them do so is something what viewers are keen to watch.

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