Date & Time: Wednesday, September 16, 17:30 IST
Venue: Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester, England
It was one hell of a series so far for the spectators. While Australia pulled out a stunning victory in the first ODI of the series, England managed to seal a miracle win in the second ODI to level the series. With the series at stake, both teams will likely go with their strong names on paper to go hard at each other. Australia will look for a series win away from home, which hasn’t happened in the recent past while England will look to keep their home record safe.
Coming to the core of the team, England may give one more chance to Jason Roy, who hasn’t delivered a single fifty in the last five games while Jonny Bairstow will look to carry on his form in this format of the game. Joe Root is still rusty with his batting and failing on a regular basis to deliver while Eoin Morgan is in decent form. Jos Buttler has failed to adjust to ODI conditions while the form of Sam Billings is a positive sign for the team. Most likely, both Currans would play this game as well to have stability in the batting order.
On the other hand, the form of David Warner is a big headache for Australia while the availability of Steve Smith is still a question. However, the coach Justin Langer hinted the return of Smith for this clash. Mostly, one between Stoinis and Maxwell will make way from the playing XI. The problems in middle-order are the other major things to have a look in by the team management.
However, when it comes to the bowling department, both teams have been doing a pretty good job. All the bowlers in the lineup of both sides have done well enough to retain their positions in the playing XI.
The head coach Justin Langer has quoted that Steve Smith has ticked all the boxes to make a comeback but, Smith needs to pass fitness test before the game to get a go. It means that there are good chances for him to appear in this game. For England, Mark Wood may return to the squad in place of one of the Curran brothers.
Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (c), Jos Buttler (wk), Sam Billings, Sam Curran, Tom Curran/Mark Wood, Chris Woakes, Jofra Archer, Adil Rashid
David Warner, Aaron Finch (c), Marcus Stoinis, Glenn Maxwell/Steve Smith, Marnus Labuschagne, Mitchell Marsh, Alex Carey (wk), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood.
The pitch at Old Trafford is best suited for fast bowlers. The new ball has troubled the batsmen of both teams. However, the stats say that batsmen will enjoy the ball coming on to bat in the second half of the game at this particular venue. The toss-winning captain will likely choose to bowl first. Mostly, they would use a new strip for this contest.
Finch is in superb form throughout this tour. Both in T20 and ODI games, Finch has stood tall for his side to give them a good start despite losing Warner early in the innings. He has got good stats at this venue to press his case further. His PPM of 61 in this tour tells you the story.
He might have had a bit of bitter-sweet journey so far in the series but Bairstow has got good stats to his name and we expect him to come good in this final game. Besides that, Bairstow has got PPM of 71 at this venue, which makes him a must-have player for this game.
He has to be on your fantasy XI at any cost. Rashid has been sensational for England for a couple of years now and already showed his class in this series. Rashid has got the knack of picking wickets and also acquired PPM of 64 to his name in this format.
Archer has got PPM of 97 in this series, which tells you how consistent and efficient a player he is for England. He has learned the art of picking wickets with the new ball and also bowls in the death overs. Thus, we chose him as one of our must-have players.
Morgan is always a special player for England in this format of the game. He has the ability to play long innings with his exceptional stroke-making. Going by his stats in the recent past, we decided to stick with him as our Big bet player.
Zampa has been terrific in the last couple of matches for Australia. Whenever Australia needs a wicket, Adam Zampa is delivering with his masterclass bowling in the middle overs. He is likely to make an impact once again in the final game.
Warner is our notable miss for this game. He is failing to tackle Archer and also got poor stats against England. Though we considered him in our grand league teams, we opted him out in our small leagues and also didn’t chose him as our captain or vice-captain in any of our teams.