Australia v England Third ODI Preview

England v Australia - 2nd Royal London ODI

Australia enter the clash with England, with injury concerns surrounding all-rounder Glenn Maxwell. The Victorian was nursed through training with a hamstring strain and is hopeful in joining the side in a must win match for the Aussies.

Australia’s struggles in the fifty-over format have been well documented over the last 12 months and the side need a win to avoid their fourth series loss for the first time in 47-years of ODI cricket.

Fast bowler Billy Stanlake is set to re-join the starting eleven, after missing the second game in Cardiff with a toe injury. The beanpole Aussie has been the pick of the Aussie bowlers on tour, with 2-44 in the opening match.

Australian skipper Tim Paine also trained with the side, after copping a nasty injury in the second game in Cardiff. Paine was struck in the face by a delivery while keeping to Andrew Tye and the Aussie captain required treatment on the field to complete the match.

England skipper Eoin Morgan trained strongly with the side and is expected to take his place for what could potentially be his second consecutive ODI series win over Australia.

England will look to name an unchanged side; are still without Chris Woakes and Ben Stokes. The burly English all-rounder is expected to return to action next month for the series with India, despite the ongoing threat of a court case.

Stokes famously missed the tour of Australia, after being charged by the police for an incident in Bristol. All-rounder Chris Woakes is suffering from a chronic knee complaint and faces a race against time to be able to face the touring Indian side next month.

 

Australia (possible): D’Arcy Short, Travis Head, Shaun Marsh, Marcus Stoinis, Aaron Finch, Glenn Maxwell, Tim Paine (c, wk), Ashton Agar, Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson, Billy Stanlake.

England (possible): Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Alex Hales, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (c), Jos Buttler (wk), Moeen Ali, David Willey, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood.

 

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