Preview: England will take on Australia in the 1st ODI at Southampton

Sudipta / 03 September 2015

England will take on Australia in the 1st ODI at Southampton

After regaining the urn 3-2 and winning the one-off T20, rejuvenated England will take on Australia for the five-match ODI series which will begin in Southampton today. Australia, the new king of the ODI cricket will try to heal their wound of the Ashes loss winning the ODI series.

An England team which is poured in with some young blood after the World Cup disaster has been molding an ODI team which can play aggressively. During the ODI series against New Zealand, the runners-up in the World Cup finals, England played the aggressive brand of cricket. They even chased down 350+ total.

This time a rejuvenated England side will try to outclass World Champion Australia, who will take the field for a full-fledged ODI series with their new ODI captain Steve Smith as Michael Clarke quit the game-winning the multilateral tournament being the captain.

Australia has won the one-off ODI series against Ireland in Belfast but failed to win the T20 thriller as England clinched the match by 5 runs.
Before the bat and clash, this Australia and England are different from the Ashes series.

England will not have their Ashes heroes-Stuart Broad and James Anderson as they were dropped from the ODI side after the lackluster World Cup while Australia selected a bowling side that did not play the Ashes. Mitchell Starc will lead the pace attack while the only bowler who played in the World Cup finals, while Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins will assist him from both ends.

Talking about England, Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes and Moeen Ali none of the players had played the Test series. So, England might have a psychological advantage, but, there is no need to generalize the series with Ashes as Steve Smith has sharp weapons in arsenal who can show the path of victory.

Steve Smith, himself is in good form, he scored 90 in the last T20 match. Opener David Warner is also in good form while Glenn Maxwell is in England for a long time playing for Yorkshire. The contest between Eion Morgan lead England and Steve Smith lead Australia will be time worthy to watch.

England Possible XI: Alex Hales, Jason Roy, Moeen Ali, Eoin Morgan (capt), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler (wk), Sam Billings, Adil Rashid, David Willey, Liam Plunkett, Steven Finn.

Australia Possible XI: David Warner, Joe Burns, Steven Smith (capt), George Bailey, Shane Watson, Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Marsh, Matthew Wade (wk), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins.

Time: 6.30 IST
Where to watch: Star Sports


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