After starting the series on a positive note, Australia will look to add to the win streak and clinch the series in the second of three-match ODI series at Old Trafford in Manchester on Sunday. The major surprise in the Australia line-up, in the first ODI, came in the form of Steve Smith being dropped after taking a knock in the practice session. However, he could be back in the side for the second match.
Let us have a look at how Australia can shape up in the second ODI:
David Warner started the first ODI on a disappointing note as he was sent back for six runs by Jofra Archer. He will however look to comeback stronger and give Australia a fine start in the second game. 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 limited-overs captain Aaron Finch also failed to bring his A game in the first ODI against England. He could manage to score on 16 runs but will hope to get going in the second match. 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 took a knock in the first ODI and thus missed out on his regular spot in the Australian line-up. It is however understood that he will be back in the thick of things for the second match. Smith can not only score runs through boundaries and sixes but also keeps rotating the strike. He further makes the Australian top-order solid.
Marnus Labuschagne played a cameo knock of 21 runs in the first ODI but will look to go one better in the second match. 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 was one of the star performer for Australia in the first ODI. He scored 73 runs picked up a wicket and also went to the parking lot to collect the cricket ball. He will continue to be a vital cog in the Australian set-up for the second ODI. 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 was sent back for 10 runs in the first ODI but he will continue to be the regular wicket-keeper batsman for Australia and improve on his performance. 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.
Australia all-rounder Glenn Maxwell made a comeback to side with a bang! He was the highest run scorer for Australia in the first ODI with 77 runs. He will continue to add depth to the side in the second match. The concern with Maxwell is his consistency but if he gets going then he can single-handedly win a match for the national team.
Pat Cummins was not in the best of his game in the first ODI. He will however look to better his game in the second ODI. 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 is in the twilight zone of his career. He trained to make better impact in the series against England but he was not up to the mark with the ball. Starc went wicketless in the first ODI but scored 19 runs off 12 deliveries.
Adam Zampa delivered a clinical performance in the first ODI. He picked up four wickets and will continue to be the lone spinner for the visiting side. He will look to weave his magic on the English soil again and can prove out to be crucial.
Josh Hazlewood picked up three crucial wickets for Australia in the first ODI and was adjudged the man-of-the-match. He will continue to spearhead the fast bowling in the second ODI as well and look to make the most of his ability to swing the ball both ways.