World champions England have been on a roll this summer with the likes of Jos Buttler and Eoin Morgan coming up with match-winning knocks. Unlike their opponents this Friday, the English have already had a taste of ODI action since the restart against a resilient Irish outfit.
However, they are in for a stern test against the Aussies, who are a force to reckon with in this format. Although they had some middle-order woes in the recently-concluded T20I series, the presence of Marnus Labuschagne gives them a much-needed boost.
The last time these two sides faced off in an ODI on English soil was in the semi-final of the ICC World Cup 2019, where England decimated Australia en route to winning the tournament.
With revenge firmly on their minds, Aaron Finch and co will look to start the series on the right note against an English side hell-bent on getting one over their arch-rivals.
Squads to choose from
Eoin Morgan, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, Tom Curran, Chris Woakes, Jonny Bairstow, Tom Banton, Sam Billings, Jos Buttler, Jofra Archer, Adil Rashid and Mark Wood
Aaron Finch, Steve Smith, David Warner, Glenn Maxwell, Alex Carey, Marnus Labuschagne, Mitchell Marsh, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade, Ashton Agar, Daniel Sams, Josh Philippe, Sean Abbott, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Lyon, Adam Zampa, Riley Meredith, Kane Richardson and Andrew Tye
Predicted Playing XI
Jonny Bairstow, Jason Roy, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (C), Tom Banton, Jos Buttler (WK), Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Jofra Archer, Adil Rashid and Mark Wood
Aaron Finch (C), David Warner, Steve Smith, Marnus Labuschagne, Alex Carey (WK), Mitchell Marsh/Glenn Maxwell, Ashton Agar, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa and Josh Hazlewood.
Match: England vs Australia, 1st ODI
Date: 11th September 2020, at 5:30 PM IST
Venue: Old Trafford, Manchester
As seen in the T20I series between England and Pakistan, a decent batting track beckons with some help on offer for the bowlers as well. The pacers should get the ball to swing around with a few clouds expected to make an appearance during the game.
However, it should be a good battle to watch between the batsmen and the spinners, who will look to extract turn and bounce off the surface. Both teams will ideally want to chase with the ball likely to skid on nicely under lights.
ENG vs AUS 1st T20 Dream11 Fantasy Suggestions
Fantasy Suggestion #1: Jonny Bairstow, Aaron Finch, Joe Root, Steve Smith, Tom Banton, Chris Woakes, Moeen Ali, Adam Zampa, Mitchell Starc, Jofra Archer and Adil Rashid
Captain: Steve Smith, Vice-Captain: Jonny Bairstow
Fantasy Suggestion #2: Jonny Bairstow, David Warner, Joe Root, Steve Smith, Eoin Morgan, Mark Wood, Ashton Agar, Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Starc, Chris Woakes and Adil Rashid
Captain: Steve Smith, Vice-Captain: Mitchell StarcPublished 11 Sep 2020, 00:53 IST