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England v Australia
LORD'S, JUNE 29, 2012
1st ODI - ENG v AUS
|England 1st Inn||5/272|
|Australia 1st Inn||9/257|
|Australia won the toss and elected to bowl|
|England won by 15 runs|
|. 1 . 4 . . |||2 4 . 1 . 1 |||. . 1 4 1 . ||
|Last Wicket:||Cummins, 4 (LBW:Broad)|
|Current Partnership:||26 runs, 24 balls, RR:108.33|
Australia play the first of five cricket One Day Internationals against England tonight at Lord’s. With a number of the Australian team playing in England for the first time, this series will provide some indication of each side’s strength. Join us for live scores from 7:45pm AEST tonight.
The last time these two teams faced off in the 50-over format, England were hammered 6-1 when ‘Down Under’ but a repeat of this outcome is highly unlikely.
Despite a string of disappointing results, England is an improving ODI team.
Past struggles have seen the hosts use five different ODI captains in as many years, with current skipper Alastair Cook taking over the role when Andrew Strauss retired after the 2011 World Cup but their record since Cook took over – 15 wins from 24 matches – indicates their Test dominance is finally being translated to the 50-over game.
Having won their last six ODI series at home and despite the recent retirement of Kevin Pietersen, the English possess an outstanding bowling attack and solid depth in both the batting and bowling departments.
Four solid bowlers and a top three that are sound will not be enough though. England will need the likes of Ravi Bopara, Eoin Morgan and Craig Kieswetter to step up.
Australia, still ranked No. 1 in the world, continue with their transition somewhat.
Boosted by the return of Pat Cummins, who hasn’t played an international since his breakthrough tour of South Africa and with the likes of Matthew Wade improving with each game, this tour will provide several of the Aussies with the opportunity of familiarising themselves with English conditions ahead of next year’s Ashes tour.
Australia’s fast bowling stocks are impressive but spin might once again prove to be the difference.
The Aussies batting is nicely balanced between the power of David Warner and Shane Watson and the deft touch of Michael Clarke and David Hussey.
England will take plenty of momentum into their five-match series against the world No.1 ranked Aussies and with a 5-0 clean sweep of the series they can move to the top of the ODI standings.
England’s knowledge of their own conditions always gives them a big edge, but the Australians aren’t ranked number one for nothing in this format. Make no mistake, England are going to be very hard to beat on home soil.
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