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They say you have to go through rough times before tasting success, but England’s current tour of down under looks to have no success in sight for the jaded visitors. They still remain winless on the tour after more than 90 days have past since they landed in Australia. On the other hand, the hosts have added motivation heading into the fourth ODI. After New Zealand beat India earlier this week, Australia are top of the ODI rankings and will remain there if they beat England in the fourth ODI.
For visitors England ODIs have been bit of a mixed bag of matches, with England on occasions look like they might get close to a win, only for that dream to be shattered in ruthless and devastating ways by merciless Aussies. Australia, with the series already wrapped up and in the bag, have rested some key players like Michael Clarke , Shane Watson, David Warner and Brad Haddin. George Bailey will lead the side been in absence of Clarke, Baile, though, missed the third ODI with a flexor niggle, but he is now fit and ready to lead the side.
England’s story on this tour is hopeless. If they lose the 4th ODI it will be their 10th consecutive loss in all formats, which equals their losing streaks from 1993 and 2001. Alastair Cook has already given the indications that he might step down from ODI captaincy as the pressure is mounting on him to produce a result.
The last time the two teams met in an ODI at the WACA was in February 2011 with Australia emerging victors by 57 runs. These two teams have played three ODIs at the WACA with Australia holding the slight edge of 2-1. The pace and bounce in the pitch will make for good entertainment if you’re a fan of fast bowling, but not if you are Englishmen.
Aaron Finch, Shaun Marsh, George Bailey(c), Steven Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Matthew Wade(w), Daniel Christian, James Faulkner, Mitchell Johnson, Nathan Coulter-Nile, James Pattinson
Alastair Cook(c), Ian Bell, Ben Stokes, Gary Ballance, Eoin Morgan, Ravi Bopara, Jos Buttler(w), Chris Woakes, Tim Bresnan, Stuart Broad, Chris Jordan.
Where: WACA, Perth
When: Friday, Jan. 24, 2014
Start time: 08:50 am (IST)
Weather: It will be hot and sunny in Perth on Friday with highs reaching up to 33 degrees Celsius.