England and Australia will face each other not for the first time this year in the limited-overs format. But a lot has changed since both the teams locked horns down under post the tussle in Ashes. The visitors will be led by Tim Paine and not Steve Smith or David Warner as both of them have been banned for 12 months in the aftermath of the ball-tampering scandal. No doubt they will miss the duo but the new captain Tim Paine and coach Justin Langer would be optimistic about coming out on top in this series.
While their opponents are coming on the back of a shock defeat at the hands of Scotland a couple of days ago. England are still favourites to win the series but the doubts would be lingering in their minds now after the loss. Australia, on the other hand, have won a couple of warm-up games comfortably and the momentum is with them which they need to carry on. The first game of every series is crucial and it is no different this time around.
England, who lost to Scotland in the previous match, will have an upper hand due to absence of Smith and Warner in Australian squad and also because they have the home advantage. Since losing to Pakistan in the semi-finals of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017, England has won 11 out of their 16 ODI’s, and have registered convincing victories over West indies, Australia and New Zealand in the past. England’s bowling attack lacks the support of Ben Stokes and Chris Woakes, both of whom are injured. The team’s batting will be boosted by the return of Jos Buttler, who was rested for the Scotland match. The addition of Jason Roy, Alex Hales, Joe Root, Morgan and Buttler will also be helpful for the team.
On the other hand, Australia will feel the need of Steve Smith and David Warner for sure, and they may face difficulties in facing England. But taking note of the Scotland’s victory, Australia may definitely seek to find the loopholes in the English team to bag the victory. For Australia, this series is an opportunity of test, as it is the first international series after the infamous ball tempering incident. The team has undergone big changes, from the captain to the head coach to the opening batsmen, and the team also lacks the power of Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins in the bowling department.
England have won 7 of their last 10 ODIs against Australia.
England have won 17 of their last 21 ODIs at home, losing just 3.
England remain unbeaten in 12 day/night ODIs at home, winning 10.
England have won 6 of their last 8 day/night ODIs at this venue .
Australia have lost 12 of their last 14 away ODIs, winning just 1.
1st ODI, Squads: England vs Australia
Australia: Tim Paine(c), Aaron Finch, Ashton Agar, Alex Carey, Travis Head, Nathan Lyon, Glenn Maxwell, Shaun Marsh, Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson, D Arcy Short, Billy Stanlake, Marcus Stoinis, Andrew Tye, Michael Neser
England: Eoin Morgan(c), Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler, Tom Curran, Alex Hales, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, David Willey, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood, Sam Billings
Head to Head
Matches – 142, England – 56, Australia – 81, Tie – 2, N/R – 3
Timing of the match: 17:30 IST
TV: Sony Six
Online Streaming: Sony LIV