Australia eye a series win when they take on England in the third ODI in Sydney
England’s centurion from the second ODI Eoin Morgan confesses he is not sure how his teammates will react following Friday night’s loss, after dominating the game for most of the match, to Australia in the second one-day international at the Gabba.
Now both teams are in Sydney for Sunday’s third match of the five-game series at the SCG, giving England hardly any time to regroup following a James Faulkner hurricane in Brisbane.
Faulkner smashed 69 off 47 balls, including three fours and five sixes, to steal victory when England were on the verge of their first win they were against Australia this summer.
To make matters worse for the tourists they are struggling with injuries to century-maker Morgan (calf) and tall bowler Boyd Rankin (hamstring), with both to be assessed before selectors name a team tomorrow.
Skipper Alastair Cook admitted it had been an “emotional” dressing room following their latest loss and Morgan wasn’t sure how the team would bounce back in Sydney.
England batsman said: “It can work both ways. Guys probably shouldn’t be as harsh as they will be on themselves but naturally you will be.
“If you look through today’s game we’ve done a lot of things right. We took early wickets, second innings we continually built pressure, took two wickets in the powerplay, it’s just that final little bit.”
On the other hand, James Faulkner is in no mood to show some mecy towards their old enemies when he warned that the hosts aim to inflict more misery on the beleguarded tourists.
The 23-year-old said winning is a habit the team is trying their utmost to avoid breaking that.
“We had a tough time in England, the way they touched us up over there, it hurt,” Faulkner said.
“We know the pain they’re feeling at the moment. We don’t feel sorry for them at all, it’s a matter of going out in our next game nice and fresh and really putting on a show again, a strong performance.”
Australia: Aaron Finch, David Warner, Shaun Marsh, Michael Clarke (c), George Bailey, Glenn Maxwell, Brad Haddin (wk), James Faulkner, Mitchell Johnson, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Clint McKay
England: Alastair Cook (c), Ian Bell, Joe Root, Gary Ballance, Eoin Morgan, Ravi Bopara, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler (wk), Tim Bresnan, Chris Jordan, Stuart Broad.
When – Sunday, 19th Jan, 2014
Where – Sydney Cricket Ground
Time – 08:50 a.m(IST)
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