Australia vs England: Second ODI preview and prediction

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    England picked up their first win of the summer against Australia in Melbourne and will now look to take that form and make it two on what is expected to be a quicker, bouncier wicket at the Gabba in Brisbane.

    If the wicket for the Test is anything to go by, it won’t be, but weather has been much kinder to the groundstaff in the lead up to the ODI and in any event, there should be more in it for the bowlers than there was in Melbourne.

    No matter the condition of the pitch though, Australia were thoroughly beaten in Melbourne with the Ashes disappearing quickly in the rear-view mirror.

    The side who were so dominant in whites looked anything but in the coloured clothes, and the main issue seemed to be their bowling attack.

    While they made a poor start with the bat and lost both captain Steve Smith and vice-captain David Warner early on, they still managed to score 300, which should have been quite easily defendable.

    Instead, their bowlers came out and served up a well below standard performance as England pulled off a record run chase for the Melbourne Cricket Ground and Jason Roy (180 off 151) made the highest score by an Englishman in the history of one day international cricket.

    Australia won’t blame their loss on the post-Ashes celebrations, but it’s something to take into account. While they leave Melbourne with their tail firmly between their legs, there is plenty to suggest they will turn it around in Brisbane.

    The biggest problem confronting England is keeping Smith and Warner quiet. They did it in Melbourne, but stopping both of them from making a score two matches in a row seems unlikely.


    (AAP Image/David Mariuz)

    While the batting duo hold the keys to the match for Australia, illness and resting mean Australia may well need a huge score to defend – that or they could be chasing one if they bowl first.

    Josh Hazlewood has returned to Sydney to recover from illnes, while Pat Cummins is out after a gruelling summer schedule with a tour of South Africa to come. Andrew Tye who was underwhelming in Game 1, but still the most economical of the bowlers will get a second chance while Jhye Richardson is also likely to play, forming the attack alongside Mitchell Starc and Adam Zampa.

    No changes are expected in the top six with Marcus Stoinis, Mitchell Marsh and Travis Head (the former two looking in good form) all to keep their spot, while question marks have been thrown up around Tim Paine, who is also suffering with illness. If he is rubbed out, in-form Adelaide Strikers keeper Alex Carey will take his place.

    No matter how much we talk about Australia being able to turn this around though, it’s down to stopping the barrage of England, led by Jason Roy.

    While Chris Woakes and Mark Wood bowled well with the new ball and most of their attack did its job in Melbourne, it was Roy who guided them to the win. Joe Root also looked in good touch with 91 not out, but Roy had the required run rate back to five and a half by the end of the first ten overs and it made life easy for the duo.

    Power hitting like that isn’t going to come off every time and his innings wasn’t without chance, but if it comes off again, Australia are going to need something special to match it.

    The tourists also had Jonny Bairstow at the top of the order who looked good for his 14 before getting out and he will be expected to hang around for longer this time.

    England’s order has so much potential in it though. Apart from the players already mentioned, Eoin Morgan didn’t get a chance to get going with the game already over by the time he got to the crease. Nor did Jos Buttler or Moeen Ali, both of whom can be damaging with the bat.

    Ali is coming off the worst Ashes tour in recent memory by an individual player, but he bowled with great control in the first match and is something of an X-Factor for England in the same way both Marsh and Stoinis have the potential to be for Australia as middle order pinch hitters and solid bowling options.

    The English spinner has alot more pressure on him though. With only five bowlers in the squad, he is going to have to bowl ten overs each match, but he handled the pressure admirably in the first match and could be the key to England walking away with a series win.

    England’s Moeen Ali


    The biggest difference between the first ODI and the recently completed Ashes series for the tourists was the mental attitude. The Tests saw them defensive-minded in field settings, bowling plans and batting mindset. The first ODI saw everything reversed as they went on the attack and that was nowhere better shown than in that opening wicket stand between Roy and Bairstow.

    If they can keep that type of mentality and bring it to Australia who are already on the back foot, then anything could be possible for the tourists who are undoubtedly one of, if not the best ODI team in the world.

    They must play with that aggression though. Whether it’s Moeen Ali with the ball, their opening bowlers up front or the batting, any step back will invite Australia to run over the top of them, with a few batsmen now due for a score after failures in Melbourne.

    This has all the makings of an intriguing clash and one which could set the momentum for the rest of the series.

    Key game information: Australia vs England, first ODI

    Start: Sunday, January 14 at 2:20pm (AEDT)
    Venue: Gabba, Brisbane
    TV: Live, Nine Network
    Online: Live, Cricket Australia live pass
    Betting: Australia $2.05, England $2.25
    Overall record: Played 138, Australia 80, England 53, tied 2, no result 3
    Umpires: Chris Gaffaney and Simon Fry

    Likely XIs

    1. David Warner (vc)
    2. Aaron Finch
    3. Steve Smith (c)
    4. Travis Head
    5. Cameron White
    6. Mitchell Marsh
    7. Alex Carey (wk)
    8. Mitchell Starc
    9. Jhye Richardson
    10. Andrew Tye
    11. Adam Zampa

    Also in the squad – Marcus Stoinis, Tim Paine

    1. Jonny Bairstow
    2. Jason Roy
    3. Alex Hales
    4. Joe Root
    5. Eoin Morgan (c)
    6. Jos Buttler (wk)
    7. Moeen Ali
    8. Adil Rashid
    9. Mark Wood
    10. Chris Woakes
    11. Liam Plunkett

    Rest of squad – Jake Ball, Tom Curran, Dawid Malan, David Willey

    Hours of play

    Start time (AEDT) Finish time (AEDT) Start time (Local) Finish time (Local)
    First innings 2:20pm 5:50pm 1:20pm 4:50pm
    Innings break 5:50pm 6:35pm 4:50pm 5:35pm
    Second innings 6:35pm 10:05pm 5:35pm 9:05pm

    Note: Hours of play can be adjusted due to match situation, weather and over rates.

    Series results so far

    First ODI: England defeat Australia by 5 wickets
    England lead series 1-0.

    Remaining series fixtures

    Third ODI: Sunday, January 21 at Sydney Cricket Ground (2:20pm AEDT)
    Fourth ODI: Friday, January 26 at Adelaide Oval (2:20pm AEDT)
    Fifth ODI: Sunday, January 28 at Optus Stadium, Perth (2:20pm AEDT)


    Australia have never been behind for long this summer, but the one day setup seems to suit the English side with plenty of big hitting better. Their bowlers performed above expectation in the first game though and whether they can match that again on a likely bouncier track at the Gabba is anyone’s guess.

    The other thing that should be noted is Smith and Warner were stopped early on in their tracks.

    Australia should win this in a close one.

    The hosts to level the series.

    Don’t forget, The Roar will be providing coverage of each ODI in the series with a live blog and highlights.

    Scott Pryde
    Scott Pryde

    One of the mainstays of The Roar, Scott Pryde has written over 1,800 articles covering everything from rugby league to basketball, from tennis to cricket. You can follow him on Twitter @sk_pryde.

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    The Crowd Says (15)

    • Roar Guru

      January 19th 2018 @ 8:18am
      Wayne said | January 19th 2018 @ 8:18am | ! Report

      I reckon England to win by 4 wickets or 27 runs.

      I like there attack at all costs approach. It bodes well against the Aussies who are prone to conceding boundaries. Express pace comes off the bat pretty quick too 😛

    • January 19th 2018 @ 9:31am
      Paul said | January 19th 2018 @ 9:31am | ! Report

      The England batting approach is the key. If they get off to another flyer,they will fancy their chances of winning comfortably. It will be interesting to see what plans Australia has to combat this approach.

      Australia also needs to put a lot of pressure on the English bowling because, as Scott pointed out, they only have 5 real bowling options in their team. It’s fine to believe a side can run down 350 but confidence starts to drop and pressure builds if a few guys go for 70 or more runs.

      Should be a great game.

    • January 19th 2018 @ 10:10am
      jeremyd said | January 19th 2018 @ 10:10am | ! Report

      oz 2.05 for the win and england 2.25? sounds like a sure thing either way to me.

    • January 19th 2018 @ 11:21am
      Ben said | January 19th 2018 @ 11:21am | ! Report

      White for head.
      Stoinis did nothing wrong to be dropped.

      • January 19th 2018 @ 11:24am
        Ouch said | January 19th 2018 @ 11:24am | ! Report

        He was the most destructive bat the other day. Head did nothing much

        I think the poms will win this. They are playing their full strength side again (sans Stokes) and we are chopping and changing. They are taking this series far more seriously than CA.

        • January 19th 2018 @ 1:50pm
          Neil Back said | January 19th 2018 @ 1:50pm | ! Report

          Interesting you think that. Why? Because they’re resting Cummins?

          • January 19th 2018 @ 2:29pm
            Jake said | January 19th 2018 @ 2:29pm | ! Report

            England are taking this more seriously as they trying to regain any possible shred of credibility (if that is possible) after another Ashes humiliation.
            A couple of ODI wins won’t cover up the fact they haven’t won a test match in Oz for 8 years or so. Will be over a decade without a test win in Oz when they tour next time.
            Actually, the way the poms carry on, if they win the ODI’s, they’ll be claiming the Ashes would’ve been won had they selected the ODI players. The pom supporters and press have already anointed themselves ODI world champions in waiting, just as the rugby side did in 15 and are also doing now . Nothing more predictable than a pom getting ahead of themselves and talking themselves up, only to fail when the heat is on.

            • January 20th 2018 @ 1:05am
              Rory said | January 20th 2018 @ 1:05am | ! Report

              You sound fun Jake

    • January 19th 2018 @ 12:06pm
      Bobbo7 said | January 19th 2018 @ 12:06pm | ! Report

      England really should be favourites here. They have the stronger team IMO and Australia is just not playing great ODI cricket right now

    • Columnist

      January 19th 2018 @ 12:40pm
      Ronan O'Connell said | January 19th 2018 @ 12:40pm | ! Report

      Scott I’ll be shocked if Stoinis is dropped today, he’s been arguably Australia’s second-best ODI player the past year after Warner. His versatility with the bat is invaluable – he’s shown he can either rebuild Australia’s innings when they’re in trouble or come to the crease and explode like he did the other day, with 60 from 40 balls.

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