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Aggressive England aim for a comeback against Australia - Second ODI preview

Aggressive England aim for a comeback against Australia - Second ODI preview
Adil Rashid was impressive in the first ODI against Australia in Southampton.
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Second ODI - England v Australia, Lord's
Start time 10:30 local (09:30 GMT)

There were bound to be games like Thursday’s One-Day International for Eoin Morgan’s new-look one-day side.

Collapsing from 194 for four to 246 all out, chasing 305, England rather threw away a game they really could and should have won.

Morgan said after the game that this series against the world champions would be a steep learning curve for his side and that in a year’s time he would expect to chase down that total.

Australia on the other hand, keep finding ways to win in one-day cricket; they are an impressive side.
It was almost a carbon copy of the Twenty20 game game but with the sides playing opposite roles.

In Southampton, Australia found a way to win from a position where England looked to be in control, much as Morgan’s side did in the T20 in Cardiff.

There is little time to take stock with the second game in the series taking place at Lord’s on Saturday.

A late finish on the South coast, followed by an early start in the capital just 36 or so hours later, is less than ideal for either side but such is the nature of the modern game.

England won’t be too concerned by their loss but they will be frustrated that they allowed Australia off the hook with both bat and ball. It will be interesting to see whether they have the time to learn the lessons before Saturday’s 10.30am start.

Firstly, the tourists recovered from 193 for six to score over 300, plundering 93 runs off the last 10 overs. It was perhaps an indication that England missed the variety of David Willey’s left-arm seamers so he could come in to the equation for Lord’s.

Mark Wood conceded 72 runs from his 10 overs and took the brunt of Australia’s acceleration towards the end of the innings but in truth England’s bowlers did not do too much wrong on a good surface. 300 was about par.

The biggest plus point was Adil Rashid, who picked up four wickets, just as he did in the first game of the previous ODI series against New Zealand. He bowled nicely and his dismissal of George Bailey with a googly was a particular treat.

Moeen Ali was the most economical England bowler and his presence allowed Morgan more variety than he had against the Black Caps.

Even in a cold and damp September, it is likely that both spinners will play throughout the series.

Often when teams score over 300, there is a big score by one of the top order players but instead it was wicket-keeper Matthew Wade who top scored for Australia with 71 not out from number seven.

This is an important series for Wade as he looks to cement his place in the one-day side after the retirement of Brad Haddin. He also has an eye on getting back into the Test team as well.

Australia’s batting order is strong and likely to be unchanged at Lord’s. Joe Burns looked the part at the top of the order in making a classy 44 and with Mitchell Marsh coming in at number eight, theirs is a long batting line up.

With the bat, England displayed their new-found fearless approach as they raced to 70 off 11 overs but they lost wickets at important times which ultimately cost them the game.

Jason Roy made his first ODI half-century but gave his wicket away to Glenn Maxwell, much the same as James Taylor did with a wild hack across the line to Shane Watson after getting to 49. Both players should have gone on to make a big score.

Encouraging a positive approach is important - as is not being too critical when mistakes happen - but Trevor Bayliss, the England coach, will no doubt be having a word. They need to be better at Lord’s.

Even so, England were well placed at 194 for four with 15 overs to go, a position from which they really should have won but instead let the Australians off the hook once again, losing three wickets in four balls, including those of Morgan and Jos Buttler.

Buttler looks to be a shadow of the player who scored a tremendous hundred at Trent Bridge earlier in the season and giving him a rest would be sensible, with Jonny Bairstow a more than capable replacement.

Australia’s bowlers did well in clawing the game back after the start that Roy and Alex Hales gave England.

The Australian seam attack has depth and quality so batting for England’s middle to lower order will be harder than it was against a New Zealand side shorn of a couple of their best bowlers.

Ashton Agar, the left-arm spinner, may come in to the equation for Lord’s to provide Steven Smith with some variety depending on how dry the pitch is.

It is difficult to see where Agar might fit in though after the performance at The Ageas Bowl, with Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins generating serious pace and sharing three wickets between them. Starc in particular bowled superbly in his second and third spells.

Nathan Coulter-Nile took two wickets in two balls and Shane Watson also picked up a couple, including that of the dangerous Morgan.

The pitch at Lord’s is expected to be flat and true, so another high-scoring game is likely, although the forecast is for a grey, cold day with some rain around, which could mean that Australia will leave out their specialist spinner in favour of the extra seamer once again.

England’s only likely change would be to replace Wood with either Willey or Liam Plunkett but one defeat does not define a series so knee-jerk decisions are not the order of the day. Wood should get another chance.

Essex’s Reece Topley has been added to the squad for the remainder of the series after impressing during the T20 match.

The first ODI at Lord’s was between these two sides in 1972 and since then they have played 13 games at the home of cricket, of which Australia have won seven with one tie.

More importantly, Australia have also won 10 of the last 11 ODIs between the two sides.
England bounced back from defeat twice in the series against New Zealand to win the next game and Morgan will expect his side to do the same at Lord’s. Australia will have other ideas.

Prediction

Australia’s strength in their bowling attack gives them a slight edge, but England should bat better at Lord’s.

Australia have to be favourites to take a 2-0 series win but in a tighter game than in Southampton.

Probable Teams

Both teams are expected to go with an unchanged line-up from the Southampton encounter.

England: Jason Roy, Alex Hales, James Taylor, Eoin Morgan (capt), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood, Steven Finn

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

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