After an action-packed three-match T20I series, Ashes rivals England and Australia will square off in a three-game One-day International series, the first of which will take on Friday at the bio-secure Emirates Old Trafford in Manchester. Bilateral ODI series have traditionally been devoid of any context but that will not be the case from on, as each and every game will be a part of the ICC ODI Super-League, one that will determine the qualifications for the 2023 World Cup in India.
After having won the T20I series 2-1, England- the ODI World Champions- will be hoping to continue the dominance that they have enjoyed over the Australians in white-ball cricket in the past three years. England have won the last 10 of the 12 ODI encounters against Australia, which includes a 4-1 triumph Down Under in 2017-18, a 5-0 whitewash at home in the summer of 2018, and the 2019 World Cup semi-final win, where they beat Australia in what turned out be a one-sided encounter.
Will England continue their dominance over Australia in ODI cricket?
The last time England faced Australia at the Emirates Old Trafford, swashbuckling wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler scored a whirlwind hundred to help the Three Lions seal a memorable one-wicket win. Buttler was in brilliant form in the first two games of the T20I series. He did not play the last match due to personal reasons but the Lancashire and England superstar will be back in the fold for the ODIs, as will Jason Roy and skipper Eoin Morgan after the duo recovered from their respective injuries.
As for the Aussies, they will be desperate to script a turnaround to their fortunes in the ODI series following the disappointment in the T20Is. ODI cricket has been Australia’s weaker suit in the past 3-4 years. The Aaron Finch-led unit were suffered a 1-2 and 0-3 defeat during their trip to India and South Africa earlier this year, and one of the major reasons behind their consistent failure in 50-over cricket has been the overdependence on the top-3 and lack of contributions by the middle-order, something they’ll hope to address in the upcoming rubber.
England vs Australia 2020, 1st 0DI, Manchester: Match Prediction
As alluded above, Eoin Morgan’s side has had a lid over the Aussies in white-ball cricket, especially ODI cricket, in the past three years. They have won 10 of their last 12 encounters against Australia since 2018, and with them fielding a full-strength side for this ODI series, England will start as heavy favorites.