After tasting defeat in the second ODI, Australia will look to comeback stronger in the decider. Chasing a target of 232 runs in the second match, Australia were bundled out for 207 runs with captain Aaron Finch leading the charge with 73 runs. Marnus Labuschagne hit 48 runs while Alex Carey scored a cameo of 36 but that was not enough for the visiting side to chase down the target.
Let us have a look at the playing line-up Australia can opt for in the final ODI.
After scoring a brilliant half-century in the second ODI, Aaron Finch will expect to keep up his scoring rate and guide his team to a series victory. 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.
Last summer, David Warner was bunny to Stuart Broad. Now in the ODI series, he is struggling against Jofra Archer. It looks like Warner has failed to pick up the line and length in the ODI series. However an improved show is expected of the destructive limited-overs batsman. 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.
Steve Smith is still to feature in the ongoing ODI series after taking a blow to his head ahead of the first match at nets. Smith was cleared to feature in the second match but the Australian management decided to go ahead with Marcus Stoinis. With Stoinis failing to score in the second match, Australia will look to bring back Steve Smith in their ranks in search of a series victory.
Marnus Labuschagne scored a fantastic 48 in the second ODI and will be looking to continue his run in the final ODI. 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 scored a run and picked up a solitary wicket in the second ODI but will look to comeback stronger in the final match. 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 played a cameo of 36 runs in the second ODI and will look to 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.
Glenn Maxwell failed to make much effect to the scorecard as he contributed with only a run. The all-rounder will however look to comeback with a stronger performance. 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 has not been in the best of his form in the ODI series. He will however look to make a bigger impact in the third match. 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 picked up two wickets in the second ODI and will continue to be a crucial cog in the side. 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 has been in fine touch for Australia and picked up a three-wicket haul in the second ODI. He will look to weave his magic on the English soil again and can prove out to be crucial.
Premier Australia fast bowler Josh Hazlewood will be carrying the new ball for his side. He will have the burden of picking up early wickets. Hazlewood picked up three crucial wickets for Australia in the first ODI and was adjudged the man-of-the-match. He will look to bring his A game for the decider.