Date & Time: Sunday, September 13, 17:30 IST
Venue: Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester, England
After an enticing first ODI between Austalia and England on Friday, both sides gear up for the second match on Sunday. This will be a crucial match for both sides as Australia seek to seal the series and England hopes to level it. As perceived, the surface proved to be touch tacky which produced some contest between bat and ball. This on usual circumstances won’t be the case in England. So expect another cracker of a game on Sunday as the focus will be on England’s bowling in middle overs and Australia’s inconsistent batting off late in the format.
If Steve Smith is fit, he is likely to replace Marcus Stoinus. Apart from that Australia is likely to stick with the same squad. England is also likely to stick with the same XI.
Aaron Finch (c), David Warner, Steven Smith, Marnus Labuschagne, Mitchell Marsh, Alex Carey (wk), Glenn Maxwell, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood
Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (c), Jos Buttler (wk), Sam Billings, Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid, Jofra Archer, Mark Wood
The surface at Manchester has produced a good contest between bat and ball in the first ODI. So expect another sporting day where the batsmen have to bide their time at the crease in order to score big. So it’s imperative to go with a balanced team with equal batting and bowling options as possible.
England’s opening batsman has lived up to his good record against the opposition by scoring 84 runs. Given Roy & Root struggling for some form in the season, his performance is going to be crucial for England. So we expect his good form to continue in the second ODI as well.
He is on a roll in the home season. He is certainly a standout England bowler throughout Ireland and now the Australian series. The visitors still finding it hard to read him off the hand. Hence given the mystery and lack of confidence in the visitor’s batsmen, we expect him to thrive in the rest of the series as well.
His spell in the first match was the difference between the two sides. He seemed to the most threatening bowler for Australia on the tour in the two matches he has played. Considering his form in the tour and his good record against the home side we expect him to be among the top performers in this match as well. He has a PPM of 61 and an MDTA of 1.25 in 5 matches played against England.
The Aussie Skipper seems to be the only in-form batsman at the top of the order for his side. In the first match, he got out to a low score but it is normal, as he is known to score a big knock or get out for a low score. Given he has a good record against the home side we expect a big knock from him in this match. He has a PPM of 65 in 12 matches played.
The flamboyant batsman is not in the greatest of form in recent times. He has struggled to score runs against Ireland as well in the home season. He may have a good record in the format and also against opposition but his form made us not to consider him as a C or VC choice in any team.