England’s bolstered morale after the first ODI win is certain to effectuate in the second face-off at the Gabba. It was the first win of the team, arriving for Ashes series in Australia. Much of it is credited to Jason Roy, who thumped a record breaking score in the match. The team’s form in ODI has been quite strong in current times. On the other hand, Australia is the World Cup winner. But the team’s wobbly stance in the format leaves it from the list of favorites for the next season. In the Melbourne match, Australia scored 304 for 8, it could have been enough. But it was England who was to chase, it emerged as a mere cakewalk reaching the win with 7 balls to spare.
Another headache for skipper Steven Smith is his ailing bets. Australia’s attack was flattened in the first ODI due bowling impasses. The team could not defend a 300 plus score, as its bowling ensemble was only half-baked. The team’s prime bowlers were absent and the same is happening in the upcoming match.
Josh Hazlewood is dropped from the match and flown back to Sydney to treat his viral fever. While, Tim Paine is uncertain due to an upset stomach. Top bowler Pat Cummins is being rested since before to offer a break from his tedious schedule. This left Australia only with debutants, lining up Alex Carey, along with offering the ODI cap to Jhye Richardson. Still, per Aaron Finch the team is being struck with illness through out the summer, but there are guys who are potentially fit and can take the spot if needed.
The next ODI is a career milestone for England ODI captain Eoin Morgan, playing his 70th match in the format. Morgan has an added badge of being the highest run getter against Australia in ODI. Australia striker David Warner believes the surface of Gabba will be more suitable to Aussie ‘skills’. However, since the last five seasons Australia’s score has been the slowest at Gabba.
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