ENG vs AUS, 1st ODI – Match Prediction: Who will win the match, England and Australia?
How will Australia fare without Smith and Warner?
Published - Jun 12, 2018 7:12 pm | Updated - Jun 12, 2018 9:25 pm
England and Australia will face each other not for the first time this year in the limited-overs format. But a lot has changed since both the teams locked horns down under post the tussle in Ashes. The visitors will be led by Tim Paine and not Steve Smith or David Warner as both of them have been banned for 12 months in the aftermath of the ball-tampering scandal. No doubt they will miss the duo but the new captain Tim Paine and coach Justin Langer would be optimistic about coming out on top in this series.
While their opponents are coming on the back of a shock defeat at the hands of Scotland a couple of days ago. England are still favourites to win the series but the doubts would be lingering in their minds now after the loss. Australia, on the other hand, have won a couple of warm-up games comfortably and the momentum is with them which they need to carry on. The first game of every series is crucial and it is no different this time around.
Pitch and Conditions
The match is set to be played at the Kennington Oval in London which generally offers a flat deck. The highest total recorded at the venue is 398 and expect a high-scoring game again. The team winning the toss is most likely to chase as 38 out of 66 matches have been won by the team bowling first. There is a possibility of an afternoon shower but that should not affect the proceedings as it is a day-night encounter.
England might not tinker much with the line-up which lost to Scotland. But the way their bowlers leaked runs on a flat pitch should worry the team management. Tom Curran might come into the side with Liam Plunkett making way for him. They will miss Ben Stokes for the first half of the series and the onus will once again be on the openers to get them off to a flying start with Eoin Morgan, Joe Root and Jos Buttler expected to continue the run-scoring in the middle overs.
David Willey and Mark Wood will take the new ball from either end as Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali are tipped to bowl better than the other day. If needed, they can also the off-spin of Root who can roll over his arm for a few overs.
Probable XI: Jason Roy, Jonathan Bairstow, Alex Hales, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (capt), Jos Buttler (wk), Moeen Ali, David Willey, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood
Australia might have found their best XI by now after emerging victorious in a couple of warm-up matches. In a bid to beef up the middle-order, Aaron Finch might have to relinquish his opening slot with Travis Head expected to open the innings. Glenn Maxwell will play despite recent poor outings given that he has the backing of the new coach Langer. Shaun Marsh and Marcus Stoinis are likely to bat at 3 and 4, again the move insisted by the coach. The skipper Tim Paine might also promote himself to open the batting.
The bowling attack will be led by Kane Richardson with none of the leading pacers available due to the injury concerns. The likes of Billy Stanlake and Andrew Tye will also pose the threat to the opposition with variations up their sleeve as Ashton Agar is likely to be the lone spin bowler preferred ahead of Nathan Lyon. Michael Neser is also likely to debut in this game as he has impressed everyone in the recent times.
Probable XI: D’Arcy Short, Travis Head, Shaun Marsh, Aaron Finch, Glenn Maxwell, Tim Paine (capt & wk), Marcus Stoinis, Ashton Agar, Michael Neser, Andrew Tye, Kane Richardson
Probable Top Performers
Alex Hales (England), Travis Head (Australia)
Head to Head
Matches – 142, England – 56, Australia – 81, Tie – 2, N/R – 3
Timing of the match: 17:30 IST
TV: Sony Six
Online Streaming: Sony LIV
The prediction is for England to continue their good run against Australia in the ODIs and take a 1-0 lead in the five-match series