The 5 match One-day International series between England and Australia will begin from tomorrow. It promises to be mouthwatering clash as both teams have played excellent cricket in the Ashes 2015. England played an attacking form of cricket against New Zealand, but Australia will be playing their first One-day International after the World Cup win under the new captain Steve Smith.
Here we look at the 5 things to expect from England- Australia One-day International series 2015.
1. Aggressive approach from England
The England cricket team has played some attacking cricket since the World Cup 2015 exit in the first round. They defeated the New Zealand in high-scoring series 3-2. Their record against Australia is not good, but they played attacking cricket in the Ashes which helped them to bring back the Ashes. England needs to play fearless cricket if they need to defeat the World Champions Australia. England has looked positive in their approach and if they play like they did in the Ashes then they can surely defeat the World Champions Australia.
2. Australia eager to get back into winning ways
Australia had a mixed bag tour of England so far. Australia lost the Ashes 2-3 and then lost the only T-20 by 5 runs. With the new captain, Steve Smith Australia will be looking to build a team for the future. The batsmen need to step up and score runs, the bowling need to be up to the mark which will allow Australia’s batsmen to breathe a little easy. The World Champions need to play like champions and create pressure on England team.
3. Fast Bowlers
Pitches in England will be little helpful for the fast bowlers. The role of pacers is to pick early wickets and put pressure on the opponent batting. In this One-day International series, Australia has good fast bowling attack comprising of Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Nathan Coulter-Nile, while England has Steve Finn, the inexperience of David Willey, Topley. Wickets at the start will help the teams to put pressure and it is the responsibility of fast bowlers to give initial wickets and never allow the opponent team to score huge runs.
Captaincy plays a key role in deciding the matches. England has a new captain Eoin Morgan who performed well with the bat against New Zealand while Australia too has a new captain Steve Smith replacing Micheal Clarke who retired after winning 2015 World Cup. It will be interesting to see which of these captains comes with new ideas and help their teams to win the series. Both teams will be playing under the new rules for the first time. Both captains have challenges ahead of them. They have to decide upon the batting order and changes in the bowling department.
5. All-rounders to play a key role
All rounders play a key role in helping the teams to win matches. In the Australia – England One-day International series starting from tomorrow both teams have some good players which can change the course of the match on its own. From the England side, Ben Stokes is good all rounder who can hit big strokes and also Moeen Ali has been good for England with the bat and ball. For Australia, Shane Watson, Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Marsh needs to perform well if Australia has to beat England.