England vs Australia, 1st ONE-DAY Match Prediction2020-09-12
Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester, England
Man of the Match: Josh Hazlewood
Eoin Morgan-led England to lock horns with Australia in ODI series opener at Manchester
Expect England to clinch a comfortable win over Australia.
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Host England will be looking to continue the winning momentum when they take on Australia in the opening game of the one-day series at Old Trafford in Manchester on Friday.
In the recently concluded T20I series, Eoin Morgan and co. dominated the proceedings with bat and ball. The home side will be looking to maintain their standards with bat and ball in the one-day series against Australia.
On the other hand, Australia will be keen to learn from their mistakes and put in an improved performance in this opening game of the one-day series. The visitors will assess the pitch conditions and then select their playing XI for this game.
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The home side will be pleased with the return of Joe Root and Chris Woakes in the playing XI. Eoin Morgan will be hoping that the side can put in a clinical performance in this opening fixture.
In the batting department, the onus will on the likes of Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root and Eoin Morgan to deliver the bulk of the runs.
Opening batsman Jonny Bairstow has been a prolific run-scorer for the side in limited-overs cricket.
Since May 2019, Bairstow is leading the batting charts for England in one-day internationals. He has accumulated 893 runs in 21 ODI matches at an average of 47.00 with three centuries and four half-centuries to his name. The team management will be hoping that Bairstow can produce big runs for the side at the top of the innings.
Joe Root return will bolster the batting resources for England for this one-day series. The 29-year old hasn’t played any white-ball cricket since February 2020. Despite that, Root has been premier batsman for the side in limited-overs cricket.
Moeen Ali, Jos Buttler and Sam Billings will make up the middle-order for England for this game.
In the bowling department, the onus will be on the likes of Jofra Archer, Chris Woakes and Mark Wood to make early inroads with the new-ball.
Jofra Archer has certainly been the spearhead for England in white-ball cricket. Since making his debut in 2019 World Cup, Archer has delivered splendid bowling performances and will be continue his good for in this series.
Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Jofra Archer, Eoin Morgan, Mark Wood, AU Rashid, Moeen Ali, Jos Buttler, Jason Roy, Sam Billings, CR Woakes
The visitors will be hoping to turn things around in the one-day series against England. Marnus Labuschagne will be slotted into the middle-order for this fixture as Glenn Maxwell or Marcus Stoinis might have to sit on the sidelines.
Ashton Agar will be premier spin for the side for this opening game of the series.
In the batting department, the onus will be on the top-order trio of David Warner, Aaron Finch and Steven Smith to do the bulk of the scoring. Since May 2019, Warner has shown tremendous with the bat and averaging 61.60 in limited-overs cricket, whereas Finch is not far behind and is averaging 51.87 with the bat during this period.
The team management will be concerned over the form of Steven Smith, who did not score runs in the recently concluded T20I series.
In the bowling department, the side will be relying on pace trio of Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood to make early breakthroughs with the new-ball.
Mitchell Starc seemed to have found form with the ball in the final game of the T20I series and will be looking to deliver clinical performance in this opening fixture. Josh Hazlewood return will bolster the bowling department for Australia for this one-day series.
Aaron Finch, Marnus Labuschagne, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Alex Carey, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Adam Zampa, David Warner, Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Marsh
|Hr||Temp||Rain||W. speed||W. direction||Clouds|
|00h||12||0 mm.||3.22 k/h||From: SSW||95%|
|03h||11||0 mm.||3.32 k/h||From: SSW||98%|
|06h||11||0 mm.||3.77 k/h||From: SSW||99%|
|09h||14||0 mm.||5.67 k/h||From: SW||97%|
|12h||17||0 mm.||6.1 k/h||From: SW||98%|
|15h||18||0 mm.||6.19 k/h||From: WSW||76%|
|18h||16||0 mm.||5.23 k/h||From: SW||88%|
|21h||15||0 mm.||4.42 k/h||From: WSW||100%|
The wicket prepared for the game will be excellent for batting. Spinners might assistance from the pitch in the second half of the game. The weather forecast for Friday’s game is going to be light cloud with moderate breeze.
England will take heart from the fact that they hold a formidable record against Australia at this venue. England have five matches out of seven one-day matches played against Australia at Old Trafford.
Given the how pitch has behaved in recent times, the side that wins the toss, would be looking to bat first and score a competitive total in their first innings. Last six one-day matches played at Old Trafford have been won by sides batting first.
Given their recent form, England will be favorites to win this opening game against Australia as they playing in their home conditions. With likes of Eoin Morgan, Jonny Bairstow showing excellent form with the bat this summer and Adil Rashid finding form in the recent T20I series against Australia, England will be determined to put in a pitch-perfect performance.
Expect England to clinch a comfortable win over Australia.
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