Gillette ODI Series – Australia v England
4th ODI Adelaide Oval, January 26th
England Lead 3-0
With the series wrapped up England’s men will be out to sweep the Aussies in the remaining two matches. Since 2015 England have turned a corner in the white-ball game and will be a serious contender at home for the World Cup in 2019.
Australia has been behind the eight-ball from ball one. Steve Smith’s men are staring at a slice of unwanted history. It’s only the second time that Australia have lost a five-match ODI series at home and are potentially looking at a whitewash.
It’s the first time in 47 years that Australia have lost 10 from their last 11 games. Australia lost 11 from 14 between September 1996 and January 1997 and lead to Mark Taylor being axed from the side.
A year out from the World Cup Australia are on the verge of another evolution. After the 97 crash, Australia brought in Adam Gilchrist to partner Mark Waugh at the top of the order. Australia is crying out for something similar. Waugh was succeeded by Hayden, leading to one of Australia’s strongest period of domination in the white-ball game.
Under Smith Australia simply don’t know who their best eleven. Before a ball was bowled the series was about Maxwell being dropped from the side and the press did the work for England. Australia have been distracted and indecisive all series. They need to go back and watch some tapes of Hayden, Gilchrist, and Waugh.
England has been outstanding under Eoin Morgan. The England Captain was brilliant with his field placings in their last win. Morgan has re-branded how England play ODI cricket with the help of Trevor Bayliss. His installed some belief in his players and taken notes from the 2015 World Cup. There’s elements of India, NZ, and Australia in their style of play. The players are also executing their captain’s calls on the field.
England will be without Test skipper Joe Root for the remainder of the series. Trevor Bayliss has convinced England’s best batsman to take a much-needed break after a tough tour down under.
Liam Plunkett is a casualty for England from the bowling attack. Plunkett pulled up with a hamstring injury at the SCG and will take no further part in the series. Tom Curran or Jake Ball are in line to come into the bowling attack.
If World Cups are one on form then England would be crowned winners. History has shown one series doesn’t make a team. While England are playing the best cricket in the world, they still have very little to show for it. The real test is coming in 2019.
For now, the tourists will be focusing on scoring a few points against an old rival until then.
2017-18 International Fixtures
Gillette ODI Series Australia v England
Australia ODI squad: Steve Smith (c), David Warner (vc), Pat Cummins, Aaron Finch, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Mitchell Marsh, Tim Paine, Jhye Richardson, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Andrew Tye, Cameron White, Adam Zampa.
England ODI squad: Eoin Morgan (c), Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Jake Ball, Sam Billings, Jos Buttler, Tom Curran, Alex Hales, Dawid Malan, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, David Willey, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood.
First ODI MCG, January 14.
Second ODI Gabba, January 19.
Third ODI SCG, January 21.
Fourth ODI Adelaide Oval, January 26.
Fifth ODI Perth Stadium, January 28.