As the Test series ends, the tour comes to the triangular series between Australia, India and England and it is called the Carlton Mid-ODI Tri-Series. India had shocked Australia in 2008 when they beat them 2-0 in three-match finals and lifted the CWB cup. But this time around, the teams are different and there would be a different battle for the trophy.
The first ODI of the tri series will be played tomorrow between Australia and England. With the former captain Alaistair Cook sacked from the ODI team, Eoin Morgan will lead his team. He is also going to be the captain of England for the World Cup. England recently lost an away series against Sri Lanka and the captain Morgan’s form is still questionable. Eoin Morgan hasn’t been in the touch for quite a long time now and it is important for the captain to get in form for his team to get back into winning ways. However. on the other side, in the practice match against the Prime Ministers XI, England looked a complete team as they scored 391/6 in 50 overs. Ian Bell, one of England’s finest batsmen almost scored a double hundred as he got out on 187. The concern for England is the form of Eoin Morgan who once again fell for just 7 runs. Moeen Ali looked good opening the batting with Bell and they both handled the new ball exceptionally with Ali scoring 71 off just 49 balls before he got out. In the bowling department, Broad took 4 wickets in England’s comprehensive victory. This win will definitely boost their confidence for this series and for the World Cup too.
Australia, on the other hand is a good side under George Bailey, who will return to Aussie colors. They are the no.1 ODI team in the ICC World Rankings; just ahead of India by a fraction. Australia will have a 100% go at the trophy and will try to maintain their no.1 ODI status. Steven Smith’s form is truly an X-factor and he will be the player to watch out for in this series. Shane Watson will be happy to get into playing his favorite form of the game and he will be licking his lips to go out and bat. Glenn Maxwell, is the man to return to the ODI side as he smashed a 89 ball 133 against England in the same practice match. It will be interesting at which position he will bat if he is in the playing 11.
Overall, I would say Australia inches ahead of England for this match and it would be intersting if England manage to defy the odds.
Probable Playing XI for Australia:
David Warner, Aaron Finch, Shane Watson, Steven Smith, George Bailey, Glenn Maxwell, Brad Haddin, James Faulkner, Mitchell Johnson, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood
Probable Playing XI for England:
Ian Bell, Moeen Ali, James Taylor, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan, Ravi Bopara, Jos Buttler, Chris Woakes, Stuart Broad, James Anderson, James Tredwell
Date: January 16th, 2015
Time 08:50 (IST)