Gillette ODI Series
Australia v England
2nd ODI GABBA, January 19
Australia’s preparations for the second one-day international have been thrown into turmoil with Josh Hazlewood and Tim Paine suffering illness. Hazlewood has returned to Sydney to recover from illness paving the way for Jye Richardson to make his international debut.
Adelaide Strikers keeper Alex Carey has been flown in as cover for Paine. Carey has been in fine form with the bat, smashing his BBL hundred in the win over the Hurricanes this week.
Australia will be looking to bounce back after a disappointing loss in the opening match in Melbourne. Eoin Morgan’s men set a record in chasing down Australia’s total of 305. Jason Roy (180) was the standout performer for the tourists. England has established themselves as a force since their inglorious exit at the 2015 World Cup.
Ranked No.3 in the world, England are banking on improving their performance with the white ball, having not made the semi-finals of the last six tournaments.
England will be looking to break a few more records at the Gabba. In the last three matches at the same venue, they have suffered three consecutive losses.
Australia will be looking to re-evaluate their batting strategy with the World Cup only 18 months away. The Australian innings never got going in Melbourne, losing wickets on a regular basis. While Aaron Finch (107) scored a century, he failed to make the same impact as Jason Roy. Australia will be looking to attack from ball one with the bat.
The major headache for the Aussies was in the field. England bolted out of the gate, scoring 50 off their first five overs. Cummins and Starc failed to have the same impact as they did in the Test.
Having chased down 444 at Trent Bridge in 2016, England is a side full of confidence. With Ben Stokes set to return for the tour to New Zealand, England has the opportunity to lay down a marker for the No 1 ranking in ODI cricket.
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.