After an evenly poised T20I series, England will host Australia in the first of three-match ODI series, starting from Friday at the Old Trafford in Manchester. England clinched the T20I series 2-1 against Australia and will look to continue their winning run. Australia, on the contrary, will look to bounce bank and stamp their authority in the ODI series over England.
Let us have a look at the predicted XI for Australia:
David Warner will continue to be in business as the regular opener. Australia have been benefited with his aggressive approach at the top of the order. The benefit with having Warner at the top of the order is that he can adjust his game according to the need of the team. Although, he is naturally an aggressive brand of cricket, Warner can also slow down his scoring rate and play cautious cricket.
Aaron Finch (c)
Australia captain Aaron Finch will hope to lead his side to a series victory over England in the ODI series. Finch is a destructive batsman to have at the top of the order and forms a solid opening partnership with Warner. If these two get going, they can lay a solid foundation for the visiting side at the top of the order.
Steve Smith is the finest batsman Australia have in their set-up. He is easy on the eye and with his unorthodox batting technique becomes lethal for the visiting side. Smith can not only score runs through boundaries and sixes but also keeps rotating the strike. He further makes the Australian top-order solid.
Australia all-rounder Glen Maxwell was included in the limited-overs squad for the England tour and he will look to make it count. Maxwell will step in at No.4 for Australia. He will replace D’Arcy Short in the similar looking Australian line-up which beat New Zealand in an ODI contest earlier in 2020. The concern with Maxwell is his consistency but if he gets going then he can single-handedly win a match for the national team.
Marnus Labuschagne has come a long way since being inducted into the Australian set-up as a concussion substitute. Banking on his prolific run in Test cricket, Labuschagne has also made a cut in the ODI format, ahead of Usman Khawaja. His batting technique and patient display makes him all the more special and he will look to make it count in the first ODI against England.
Mitchell Marsh is a boon to have in the Australia line-up lower down the order. He can slog a few deliveries and maintain a healthy strike rate. Besides that, expect Mitchell Marsh to also come in handy with the ball.
Alex Carey (wk)
Alex Carey has proved out to be a fine wicket-keeper batsman for Australia and adds depth to the side. Carey has the knack of scoring runs and has been consistently contributing to the side. It is one of the reasons which makes him a crucial cog for Australia.
Premier Australia fast bowler Pat Cummins will be a key in the fast bowling department on the England soil. His medium-pace deliveries which can swing either ways can reap benefit for the visiting side. Besides that he can also be useful with the bat and add crucial runs to the team’s tally.
Mitchell Starc will be hungry for wickets from the onset of the game. He will be leading the charge for Australia. The veteran fast bowler has bulked up a bit, as he has added five kilos, during the coronavirus-enforced break, and will be looking to make the most. The fiery pacer has also targeted to hit 160 kmph on the speed gun.
Kane Richardson will be one of the three fast bowling options available for Australia. He will looking to get through the middle over for the visiting side and pick up wickets for them. He has recently pulled out of the RCB squad for the IPL 2020 as his wife is expecting delivery of their child.
Adam Zampa will head into the match as the lone spinner for Australia. He will look to weave his magic on the Australia soil and can prove out to be crucial.