England take on depleted Aussies
Australia take on England in the fourth match of the tri series as these two teams look well on track to play the finals after the bonus point drubbing of India at the hands of England. All the three matches played till now have been a one sided affair and given that England ran into some form in the last game against England and Australia without the service of their usual the match contest is expected to be an equal.
Australia has won two games out of two one each against the both teams in the tri series. Both the wins were clinical as far as Aussies are concerned. Bowling has been spot on in both the games and while the situation was different in both the games bowlers did well in both situations. Mitchell Starc, with his late in swinging deliveries, has troubled the openers and managed to price out wickets in the opening spell which has put the opposition under pressure. Not only up front, he has been deadly in the slog overs too as he strangled India when they were looking good for a score in excess of 300. He was Man Of the Match in both the matches he played in with a tally of ten wickets in two matches.
Batting on the other hand has been good but will be interesting to see how the middle order batsman perform if the top order batsmen are unable to contribute. In both the matches openers have scored and in turn has made the task easy for the batsmen to come. It has been said repeatedly during the Test series that Australia batting is not strong enough and a quality bowling line up can get them into quandary.
England have had contrasting matches so far and if last match is anything to go by then it can be seen that England can be a good One day side too. They have the resources in bowling and batting if they can be a bit consistent in this format. We have always maintained in our article that England’s batting is worth backing with Moeen Ali and Ian Bell giving their batting a classy opening. Joe Root and James Taylor can hold batting in the middle overs while Eoin Morgan is always flexible to play any role.
Their bowling has been reinvigorated with the return of James Anderson as he tightened the screws on the Indian batsman early and the benefit of that was reaped by Steven Finn who was chosen Man Of the Match in their game against India. Interestingly, Man of the Match in all three matches have been bowlers.
Team News :
White and Shaun Marsh are in for Bailey and Warner, and Marsh will open with Aaron Finch. Watson’s absence has provided a chance for Moises Henriques, and with Josh Hazlewood and Mitchell Johnson resting minor niggles, Australia’s options are few. Xavier Doherty might come in on his home ground, perhaps in place of Gurinder Sandhu.
Australia (possible) 1 Aaron Finch, 2 Shaun Marsh, 3 Steven Smith (capt), 4 Cameron White, 5 Glenn Maxwell, 6 Brad Haddin (wk), 7 Moises Henriques, 8 James Faulkner, 9 Mitchell Starc, 10 Pat Cummins, 11 Xavier Doherty.
After their comprehensive win over India in Brisbane, England might be minded to retain the same XI.
England (possible) 1 Ian Bell, 2 Moeen Ali, 3 James Taylor, 4 Joe Root, 5 Eoin Morgan (capt), 6 Jos Buttler (wk), 7 Ravi Bopara, 8 Chris Woakes, 9 Stuart Broad, 10 James Anderson, 11 Steven Finn.
The Pitch :
The match is to be played at Hobart and the pitch there is generally good for batting. The boundaries are short and we can expect runs in the game tomorrow and may be back innings runs for the game. Last five matches played here saw scores of 247-320-280-230-249. Here the matches with scores of 320 and 280 were won by teams batting second and interestingly matches which saw low scores were won by teams batting first. Last time these two teams played at this ground Australia scored 230 and won the game by 46 runs.
The conditions are expected to be cloudy tomorrow.
The Odds :
Australia is 1.61 to win the game tomorrow and with their three main players David Warner, George Bailey and Shane Watson missing the price is skewed. England has the wherewithal to win an ODI against the hosts so the price is a bit too short. We are backing-to-lay England but going with Australia to win the game tomorrow.