Australia v England, 4th ODI, Adelaide January 25, 2011

England fight to keep series alive

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Match Facts

January 26, Adelaide
Start time 13.50 (03.20 GMT)

The Big Picture

Australia Day would be the perfect occasion for the home side to wrap up the one-day series, but for the sake of the remaining contests an England victory is what's really needed. The visitors have played some poor cricket, especially in the last two matches, with the batting faring badly. A defeat here and the plane home won't be able to come soon enough.

That, though, won't be any concern of Australia's. They desperately needed to regain some belief following the Ashes and with coloured clothes back on they are beginning to hit their stride. England haven't forced them to play at their best, but even with injuries they are building up a head of steam. David Hussey was the star at the SCG as he showed his finishing skills, which will be valuable at the World Cup, but Brett Lee took the Man-of-the-Match award and he has led the attack superbly.

England's bowlers have actually performed a decent role, considering that it has been a second string attack, and the likes of Ajmal Shahzad, Chris Tremlett and Chris Woakes show the depth available. But somewhere in the transition from Tests to one-dayers key batsmen have lost the skill to convert starts into big innings.

It's a feeling of déjà vu as far as both sides are concerned. In the aftermath of the 2009 Ashes, also won by England, the one-day series was a horribly lop-sided affair as Australia cruised to a 6-1 drubbing. If the hosts continue their winning streak in Adelaide, it's very easy to see this series going the same way.

Form guide

(completed matches, most recent first)
Australia WWWWL
England LLLWL

Watch out for...

James Anderson was given a break after the Ashes but following 10 days at home with his new baby has returned to the tour in the nick of time. Although England's quicks have performed an admirable role, Anderson's experience of 133 matches will be a valuable addition. He's got fond memories of Adelaide after his impact during the Test match when he helped reduce Australia to 3 for 2 on the first morning and is a dangerous operator with the new white ball.

Cameron White has played a couple of valuable innings in this series; his 25 at Melbourne helped Shane Watson complete victory and his 45 at Hobart began the first recovery. He'll want to make his decent form count in the remainder of this series because, even though his place is secure, there will be strong competition for batting places if Ricky Ponting and Mike Hussey both recover. With his immense power White shouldn't have a problem clearing the square boundaries at the Adelaide Oval and against the spinners even the straight hits aren't out of reach.

Team news

Michael Clarke said no risks will be taken with any player before the World Cup so Shaun Tait (thigh) and Mitchell Johnson (throat infection) remain doubtful. It means Australia could field the same attack that did an impressive job in Sydney.

Australia (probable) 1 Shane Watson, 2 Brad Haddin (wk), 3 Shaun Marsh, 4 Michael Clarke (capt), 5 Cameron White, 6 David Hussey, 7 Steve Smith, 8 John Hastings, 9 Brett Lee, 10 Xavier Doherty, 10 Doug Bollinger

Kevin Pietersen is fit again following his groin strain and James Anderson is available, while Andy Flower confirmed Matt Prior will continue to open the batting despite his two ducks since returning to the side. Paul Collingwood would be the likeliest batsman to make way, but could be considered at No. 7 with Michael Yardy struggling to have impact with bat or ball.

England (possible) 1 Andrew Strauss (capt), 2 Matt Prior (wk), 3 Jonathan Trott, 4 Kevin Pietersen, 5 Ian Bell, 6 Eoin Morgan, 7 Paul Collingwood, 8 James Tredwell, 9 Ajmal Shahzad, 10 Chris Tremlett, 11 James Anderson

Stats and trivia

  • Adelaide is the venue of England's highest one-day total in Australia when they reached 3 for 302 in the infamous match against Sri Lanka during 1998-99 where Muttiah Muralitharan was also called for throwing. England still lost.

  • James Anderson returns with a good one-day record in Australia. From 13 matches he has 21 wickets at 25.61, including a miserly 1 for 12 in 10 overs on this ground back in his debut series of 2002-03.

  • The teams have met five times at Adelaide, with Australia ahead 4-1. England's only win was the first encounter back in 1983.

Quotes

"We've played some exciting, positive cricket and I've enjoyed having the opportunity to lead the boys. I'd like to lead from the front with the bat and make some more runs, I'm well aware of that, but everyone is in good spirits and we believe there is a lot of room for improvement."
Michael Clarke

"It's not ideal, the start of this one-day series, but there are still four games to go. We intend to finish strongly, we are here to win these games, it's not just preparation for the World Cup."
Andy Flower

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • 5wombats on January 26, 2011, 11:55 GMT

    England win - good call @Marcio! Are you sure your crystal ball needs upgrading!? Do you play pokies? Lotto? But you're right - not much between these sides really - except now perhaps tiredness. Aus will get up in this series I'm sure.

  • yasask on January 26, 2011, 3:21 GMT

    unfortunately for england, the series is out of reach...if they are to win the series, they need to win the next 4 games consecutively and there is no chance of them doing that in their current form, even with anderson coming back into the side...the whole team needs to be reconstructed with the exception of jonny trott who was been brilliant this tour. matt prior needs to be lower down the order, maybe give ian bell a chance to open with strauss, with trott at 3, KP at 4, eoin morgan 5, collingwood at 6 who really needs to find batting form. slot the out of form prior at 7, with luke wright at 8 for last resort batting which means the bowlers james tredwell, chris tremlett and jimmy anderson at 9,10, and 11. this offers a lineup that bats deep and offers a good bowling lineup. unfortunately with swann leaving, the premium spinner is gone along with some hitting power.

  • Ozcricketwriter on January 26, 2011, 3:03 GMT

    According to bookmaker sites, the favourites for the World Cup, in order are: 1) India 2) England 3) South Africa 4) Sri Lanka 5) Australia 6) Pakistan 7) New Zealand 8) West Indies 9) Bangladesh 10) Zimbabwe 11) Ireland 12) Netherlands 13) Canada 14) Kenya. They have England fairly close to equal favourites.

  • Okakaboka on January 26, 2011, 2:29 GMT

    Lets play Peter Siddle in place of Clarke or Smith today and strengthen our batting line up! .....the sad thing is this is no joke!

  • on January 26, 2011, 1:38 GMT

    I personally think Aussies are being lil selfish, they need one more game to win the series. Brett lee should rest after this game and make him self ready for world cup before hitting any injury. i want to see lee, tait and johnson to destroy Indian batting line up. So aus board give rest to your senior players so they should be free of injury.

  • Marcio on January 26, 2011, 0:38 GMT

    England are due for a win, and Mr Anderson will give them a boost, so I'm tipping them for this game. I think it will be a low scoring game, though, with both teams struggling with the bat. I'm tipping AUS for the 5th game, with Eng's revival short lived. That's as far as my crystal ball can see. I'm getting an upgrade a bit later, so will let you know who is going to win the world cup.

  • Meety on January 25, 2011, 22:29 GMT

    Why don't the Poms open with Morgan & Bell? KP @ 3, Trott & Strauss 4 & 5, Prior & Colly next then the bowlers. My reasoning is that generally the first 15 overs is Power Play & the next 20 overs is nurdle. The re-con ball comes out in the 35th over where Strauss & Trott could be in & negotiate (ball tends to act like a new ball), then the rest for the final assault. I'd consider someone who goes in the air alot to open, that being said Strauss's strike rate has been pretty good of late. In regards Oz - Haddin is well utilised at the top of the order as he does like to hit in over the in field more than most Oz batsmen. When the field is up - I think Haddin cashes in more than others, unlikely to score as many 100s as Marsh or Watto though. I am not completely sold on Marsh as Game #3 is more my impression of Marsh rather than Game #2. He has done very well domestically this season but I would like to see him convert this "form" internationally more often.

  • Wozza-CY on January 25, 2011, 21:33 GMT

    England were great in the Ashes & most Australians took their hat off to them & said 'fairplay', they were the better team etc etc. Now we've moved on to another format & Australia are winning 3-zip (without playing all that well) and the English fans are calling this series 'meaningless'. If England win this match & the next three, I wonder how meaningless the series will be to them? I reckon they would say it would be 'the perfect preparation' for a WC & they'll be shouting from the roof tops!

  • varunvinod06 on January 25, 2011, 18:08 GMT

    england will come back strongly. eoin morgan will become the man of the match

  • RAAJ101 on January 25, 2011, 17:08 GMT

    AUSTRALIANS ARE ON A HIGH. IT IS DIFFICULT FOR ENGLAND TO STOP THEM.

  • 5wombats on January 26, 2011, 11:55 GMT

    England win - good call @Marcio! Are you sure your crystal ball needs upgrading!? Do you play pokies? Lotto? But you're right - not much between these sides really - except now perhaps tiredness. Aus will get up in this series I'm sure.

  • yasask on January 26, 2011, 3:21 GMT

    unfortunately for england, the series is out of reach...if they are to win the series, they need to win the next 4 games consecutively and there is no chance of them doing that in their current form, even with anderson coming back into the side...the whole team needs to be reconstructed with the exception of jonny trott who was been brilliant this tour. matt prior needs to be lower down the order, maybe give ian bell a chance to open with strauss, with trott at 3, KP at 4, eoin morgan 5, collingwood at 6 who really needs to find batting form. slot the out of form prior at 7, with luke wright at 8 for last resort batting which means the bowlers james tredwell, chris tremlett and jimmy anderson at 9,10, and 11. this offers a lineup that bats deep and offers a good bowling lineup. unfortunately with swann leaving, the premium spinner is gone along with some hitting power.

  • Ozcricketwriter on January 26, 2011, 3:03 GMT

    According to bookmaker sites, the favourites for the World Cup, in order are: 1) India 2) England 3) South Africa 4) Sri Lanka 5) Australia 6) Pakistan 7) New Zealand 8) West Indies 9) Bangladesh 10) Zimbabwe 11) Ireland 12) Netherlands 13) Canada 14) Kenya. They have England fairly close to equal favourites.

  • Okakaboka on January 26, 2011, 2:29 GMT

    Lets play Peter Siddle in place of Clarke or Smith today and strengthen our batting line up! .....the sad thing is this is no joke!

  • on January 26, 2011, 1:38 GMT

    I personally think Aussies are being lil selfish, they need one more game to win the series. Brett lee should rest after this game and make him self ready for world cup before hitting any injury. i want to see lee, tait and johnson to destroy Indian batting line up. So aus board give rest to your senior players so they should be free of injury.

  • Marcio on January 26, 2011, 0:38 GMT

    England are due for a win, and Mr Anderson will give them a boost, so I'm tipping them for this game. I think it will be a low scoring game, though, with both teams struggling with the bat. I'm tipping AUS for the 5th game, with Eng's revival short lived. That's as far as my crystal ball can see. I'm getting an upgrade a bit later, so will let you know who is going to win the world cup.

  • Meety on January 25, 2011, 22:29 GMT

    Why don't the Poms open with Morgan & Bell? KP @ 3, Trott & Strauss 4 & 5, Prior & Colly next then the bowlers. My reasoning is that generally the first 15 overs is Power Play & the next 20 overs is nurdle. The re-con ball comes out in the 35th over where Strauss & Trott could be in & negotiate (ball tends to act like a new ball), then the rest for the final assault. I'd consider someone who goes in the air alot to open, that being said Strauss's strike rate has been pretty good of late. In regards Oz - Haddin is well utilised at the top of the order as he does like to hit in over the in field more than most Oz batsmen. When the field is up - I think Haddin cashes in more than others, unlikely to score as many 100s as Marsh or Watto though. I am not completely sold on Marsh as Game #3 is more my impression of Marsh rather than Game #2. He has done very well domestically this season but I would like to see him convert this "form" internationally more often.

  • Wozza-CY on January 25, 2011, 21:33 GMT

    England were great in the Ashes & most Australians took their hat off to them & said 'fairplay', they were the better team etc etc. Now we've moved on to another format & Australia are winning 3-zip (without playing all that well) and the English fans are calling this series 'meaningless'. If England win this match & the next three, I wonder how meaningless the series will be to them? I reckon they would say it would be 'the perfect preparation' for a WC & they'll be shouting from the roof tops!

  • varunvinod06 on January 25, 2011, 18:08 GMT

    england will come back strongly. eoin morgan will become the man of the match

  • RAAJ101 on January 25, 2011, 17:08 GMT

    AUSTRALIANS ARE ON A HIGH. IT IS DIFFICULT FOR ENGLAND TO STOP THEM.

  • SamRoy on January 25, 2011, 16:07 GMT

    Even Warner has a better technique than Smith and Hughes. Yet Warner doesn't get to play in Sheffield Shield for NSW. And both Smith and Hughes are playing test cricket! Most of the Bangladesh batsman have better technique than those two (Smith and Hughes). Yet, Cricket Australia demarcates them as the two best players for the future. I wonder in which direction Cricket Australia is going. I never thought one can be so bad while spotting talent.

  • jonesy2 on January 25, 2011, 15:07 GMT

    nothings out of reach for the big bear. and if the boys go hard anderson will no impact

  • landl47 on January 25, 2011, 14:48 GMT

    @unbiased_referee: there's no seeding in the World Cup. Are you talking about ranking? If so, it has no influence on how the World Cup is played. England, South Africa, India, Bangladesh and West Indies are in the same group along with Ireland and the Netherlands. That's by far the tougher group, because the other group is Australia, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, New Zealand, Zimbabwe, Canada and Kenya. After that there are three knock-out rounds. What is important is to beat some of the other top contenders in the first round, because that will earn a better draw in the quarter finals. I think in this format Sri Lanka has a great chance; they have a very well-balanced side and just beat Australia in Australia. I can see India, SA and England fighting it out in Group B, with Bangla and WI giving everyone a tough game, so that group will come into the quarters having played several hard games already. Whether that's an advantage or not, we'll see. I think not.

  • on January 25, 2011, 14:14 GMT

    get rid of smith and clarke and get in hodge and callum/finch

  • on January 25, 2011, 14:00 GMT

    Please Drop Prior and get Steve Davies or Craig Kieswetter as the wicket keeper batsman to the side as well as for the World cup squad... Other change is England should open with Cook even for one days... England should bring these changes before the world cup if they wanna make at least for the semis... My team is, Strauss, Cook, (Kieswette or Davies), Pieterson, Morgan, Collingwood, Bresnan, (Broad or Shazard), (Yardey or Shazard), Swann, Anderson,

  • _Bilal_ on January 25, 2011, 13:45 GMT

    anything can happen , england to win , australia to stop will see in the next odi. a new man coming for india name: NAVED good striker of ball...

  • JulianDawson on January 25, 2011, 13:40 GMT

    Am I alone in seeing the similarity between Doug Bollinger and Justin Fletcher on CBeebies, aka Mr Tumble. Uncanny I'd say.

  • _Bilal_ on January 25, 2011, 13:40 GMT

    australia will win the series.

  • doneit on January 25, 2011, 13:28 GMT

    go australia go and win the series by 5-2 or 6-1......australia team is looking good in odis,,,good comeback for lee.........!

  • jackiethepen on January 25, 2011, 12:48 GMT

    Morgan is not firing at all at the moment. But he does go through these patches. He cannot claim to be tired but he may be rusty after a winter of carrying drinks. Bell is certainly tired although he denies it. He shouldn't be out of position at 5 anyway. What a time to try to learn new tricks. Flower uses him like an office boy, to fill in where required.

  • EXPERTADVIS on January 25, 2011, 12:41 GMT

    Hello all, i think england and aust. both are good team now, but england should play every game without pressure if they play pressure free they can play good cricket. Morgan should come to No. 5 or No. 4 accordingly to the situation of the match. And every senior player should know their work and perform according to his seniority.

  • CharonTFm on January 25, 2011, 12:00 GMT

    I don't think the problem is Smith. The problem is that they don't know how to use him well. Smith is not a player that will save a match, he is one that starts the game firing, or ends the game with a blast. With time he will develop into a player like Symonds, handy with Bat and Ball, but not quite a genuine allrounder.

    He has to concentrate either to develop his battings, or bowling!

  • Something_Witty on January 25, 2011, 10:50 GMT

    @rajesh Gunti, 3 top order pom wickets in 3 matches (very few overs), and a sensible 26 to help get Aus over the line in Sydney is "not doing anything"? The calls to drop Steve Smith are ridiculous. If anything he just needs to bowl more overs and be put in up the order if the opportunity arises. We have not seen the best of Smithy, but it will come soon enough.

  • on January 25, 2011, 10:31 GMT

    i dont know what is the role of steven smith in australin batting line up. they had four fronline bowlers and watson and hussey and caleke which can fill 10 overs of part timers. better to have batsman like shaun marsh at no 7 or other which will increase the batting strength. steven smith is not doing any thing with bat and ball. think wisely clarke.

  • 5wombats on January 25, 2011, 9:55 GMT

    @landl47; "the batsmen can't possibly find as many stupid ways of getting out as they did in the last game". I wouldn't be so sure about that! True - it is about time someone fired - and Adelaide should be flat, but to be honest Aus batting has been under par too. They could just as easily fire!

  • GoodSelector on January 25, 2011, 9:49 GMT

    White probly shud be in the test team he is very experienced at one day int level and also 1st class cricket and decent 1st class batting figures and he is a much improved player and a match winner and possible captain.

  • GoodSelector on January 25, 2011, 9:42 GMT

    chickenpoo, i couldnt agree more. steve smith hardly gets a bowl so he needs to be used more for 7-8 overs instead of 3-4 and then not coming back on again. 3 allrounder is too many and id rather see callum ferguson in for hasting so haddin @7 steve smith @ 8 and then ferguson can bat at 6 with marsh opening with watto and white at 3 then the hussey brothers in the middle. CLARKE SHUD GO!!! he good captain but his slow batting is letting team down and he cant make a run atm.

  • StarveTheLizard on January 25, 2011, 9:35 GMT

    "All the captaincy work is being done by White". Gilly, what colour is the sky in your world? Let me guess, you're from Victoria? Let me spell it out to you. White has a tenth the class that Clarke has. He will NEVER be as good as Clarke. Keep up the comments though. They are entertaining.

  • on January 25, 2011, 8:34 GMT

    finally! without anderson england bowling is bs :D

  • chickenpoo on January 25, 2011, 8:33 GMT

    I think Shaun Marsh should open, he is good enouph and Brad Haddin would be well suited to the no6 position as he can hit the balls for 6's. Cameron White can then bat at 3. Im a fan of Hastings but 3 allrounders? urgh i dont think thats very good because front line bowlers are expected to bowl 10 overs anyway. We have 7 potential bowlers in this squad and thats about just 7 overs each. Id rather have a specialist batsmen instead of Hastings, therefore better batting line up (not so dependant on Watson) and then Brett Lee/Bollinger/Doetry/Waston can bowl 10 overs each. Smith and Hussey can share 10 overs. OH well thats my idea.

  • vijayasimhan on January 25, 2011, 8:32 GMT

    Morgan is nt used well by de english . He can win de game of his own, hope coach nd captain should look into dat. Aussies wil be more dangerous if PONTING returns as a captain in WC

  • tandelorama on January 25, 2011, 8:23 GMT

    Go-SL,please don't get carried away by this win,yeah it is wonderful achievement,but i wan't call them a favourite just yet,but definetly they are in the hunt with couple other teams like India,S.A and also S.L.

  • mansel on January 25, 2011, 8:13 GMT

    Anderson is crap and with an average of 30 in ODI's isn't going to worry the Aussies. Had a good Ashes but he is not a superstar.

  • pak_reverse_swing on January 25, 2011, 8:10 GMT

    i m totally agree wid @Gilly4ever.white should be in test side if they want to win>>>

  • Monisha on January 25, 2011, 8:09 GMT

    I would love to see Australia complete a series victory on Australia Day! You cannot write Australia off; there is no other team who fights back more aggressively than Australia; hoping to see the winning streak continue....

  • Cricket.Nellore on January 25, 2011, 8:00 GMT

    Welcome ! ! ! ! Under Sun

  • Cricket.Nellore on January 25, 2011, 7:59 GMT

    I still Aussies the Champions and will not be a surprise if they win World Cup again. Whenever its a matter during big events they deliver and i hope that they will do it again. If aussies are avoided till quarters thats fine else they are much capable with great potential and experience of winning decider games. Punter will show his colours again because he has the background of winning Final matches of big events. England will remain just as a Ashes winner.

  • dsig3 on January 25, 2011, 7:34 GMT

    I have a bad feeling about this game from an aussie perspective. The last 3 games have actually been close but we have just performed better in a few crucial situations. England just havnt batted very well. This alone should not surprise anyone who has watched cricket in the last 20 years. The reason these results are surprising is England batted and bowled so well in the tests. ODI success does not equate to test success just ask Sri-Lanka.

  • nzcricket174 on January 25, 2011, 7:31 GMT

    Now you're asking for a contest? What happened to asking for a contest when the Ashes were on-going?

  • on January 25, 2011, 7:26 GMT

    Anderson is back; he gets in. Yardy has taken up valuable lineup real estate for far too long and is due back into the deep freeze. England's selectors have paid the price for not picking Collingwood. To leave him out in a pressure situation where his bowling and fielding will come in handy would be madness.

    ...and FFS, please DO NOT allow Prior to open again.

  • thiruven on January 25, 2011, 7:09 GMT

    Engalnd may consider Ian Bell to open with Strauss and drop Prior to middle order. Flexibility in tactics may come in hand especially when plan is not being executed. Retain Collingwood but drop Peterson (very over rated player). Better to have Steve Davies than Peterson.

    Australia may also tweak with their opening combination (Watson and Marsh and drop down Haddin). Haddin does need some rest with his wicket keeping duties.

    Good Luck to Clarke as he deserves some. Let the ball come to you instead of reaching for it.

    Good Luck to both teams but let OZ win.

  • ozwriter on January 25, 2011, 6:56 GMT

    smith is a c grade player. he needs to go. i really dont understand why he has been selected in all 3 formats of the game where in reality it is evident he cannot perform in all 3.

  • chandau on January 25, 2011, 6:45 GMT

    Why not open with Marsh and send Haddin at 6/7. But the problem is Smith is no 6 so the lineup looks thin on batting strength. When Pnting and M Hussy return I would drop Clerk and Smith but then am not an Auzzy selector :) Watson, Marsh, Ponting, M Hussy, D Hussy, White, Haddin, Jhonson, Lee, Doherty, Bollinger. Provided White and DH bowl a bit of spin this lineup will have everything : 2 left & 2 right arm pacies + 3 spin options. Few lefties in batting as well to mix it in the middle. Problem is selectors are a different bunch all together :)

  • unbiased_referee on January 25, 2011, 6:42 GMT

    It is beyond doubt that AUS will enter the 10th Cricket World Cup as top-seeded, and therefore favourites!! The best ENG can do from here is try and win at least three of the remaining four matches and hope to start their campaign being among top four seeded sides. The forthcoming SL-WI ODI series, weather permitting, has a potential of placing SL at no. 2. It is up to ENG whether they can occupy the 3rd or 4th seed position ahead of SA and IND respectively, or stay as 5th favourites as they are placed at the moment. However, if they enter as 5th seed with 0-7 record in this series, likelihood of them beating Bangladesh, WI, SA and IND in the first round will be next to zero, as each one of these sides will give ENG run for their money in bowling and batting departments. The weather conditions in India in the latter half of their first-round campaign are not going to suit them either. But then who knows--ENG being three-times finalists in the past, might make the cut again.

  • Go_SL on January 25, 2011, 6:21 GMT

    This is a great achievement from Aussies to win 3 matches in a row after ashes defeat. Once again they are becoming the favourites to win the world cup. Anyway I would like to see England winning this match. So this series will be more interesting to watch.

    Good luck both teams.

  • Something_Witty on January 25, 2011, 6:20 GMT

    Carn Usstrya!! Time to win something for a change. If our boys play smart cricket and to their potential, they're easily in the top 3 teams in the running for the WC.

  • Ozcricketwriter on January 25, 2011, 5:46 GMT

    White doesn't have to worry about his place in the team and even suggesting that is just absurd. White is the only reason Australia are winning! Yes, Clarke is technically captain, but all of the real captaincy work is being done by White. Dump White and the team is nothing. That's the difference between the ODI and test teams - White. If Australia want to win their next test series, White needs to be in the team, if not as captain. Dump him and they are committing suicide to Australia's chances of recovering from this slump.

  • anver777 on January 25, 2011, 5:41 GMT

    All cricket lovers like to see a close contest between them !!!!! so Eng need to hit back strongly in the 4th match & stay alive in the series.............

  • landl47 on January 25, 2011, 5:25 GMT

    I think England should keep playing Colly in the hope that he will regain some form with the bat. It means England only go in with 5 bowlers, but despite what Andy Strauss says, this series isn't nearly as important as getting some decent preparation for the World Cup. Luke Wright needs at least one more game while Tremlett, valuable as he is in Australia, isn't going to the subcontinent. Aus likely to keep an unchanged side with Watson, as always the X-factor for them. I think England might take this one; Anderson will give some heart to the bowling, and the batsmen can't possibly find as many stupid ways of getting out as they did in the last game.

  • Meety on January 25, 2011, 5:18 GMT

    Interesting to see how Anderson is used in the ODIs. He might be best used with the majority of his overs straight up with a few overs with the re-con ball around the 34th over. Only say this as I don't recall he has much of a change up variation in his armoury. I predict that Yardy will have a few 6s smacked off him if he plays (short square boundaries).

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  • Meety on January 25, 2011, 5:18 GMT

    Interesting to see how Anderson is used in the ODIs. He might be best used with the majority of his overs straight up with a few overs with the re-con ball around the 34th over. Only say this as I don't recall he has much of a change up variation in his armoury. I predict that Yardy will have a few 6s smacked off him if he plays (short square boundaries).

  • landl47 on January 25, 2011, 5:25 GMT

    I think England should keep playing Colly in the hope that he will regain some form with the bat. It means England only go in with 5 bowlers, but despite what Andy Strauss says, this series isn't nearly as important as getting some decent preparation for the World Cup. Luke Wright needs at least one more game while Tremlett, valuable as he is in Australia, isn't going to the subcontinent. Aus likely to keep an unchanged side with Watson, as always the X-factor for them. I think England might take this one; Anderson will give some heart to the bowling, and the batsmen can't possibly find as many stupid ways of getting out as they did in the last game.

  • anver777 on January 25, 2011, 5:41 GMT

    All cricket lovers like to see a close contest between them !!!!! so Eng need to hit back strongly in the 4th match & stay alive in the series.............

  • Ozcricketwriter on January 25, 2011, 5:46 GMT

    White doesn't have to worry about his place in the team and even suggesting that is just absurd. White is the only reason Australia are winning! Yes, Clarke is technically captain, but all of the real captaincy work is being done by White. Dump White and the team is nothing. That's the difference between the ODI and test teams - White. If Australia want to win their next test series, White needs to be in the team, if not as captain. Dump him and they are committing suicide to Australia's chances of recovering from this slump.

  • Something_Witty on January 25, 2011, 6:20 GMT

    Carn Usstrya!! Time to win something for a change. If our boys play smart cricket and to their potential, they're easily in the top 3 teams in the running for the WC.

  • Go_SL on January 25, 2011, 6:21 GMT

    This is a great achievement from Aussies to win 3 matches in a row after ashes defeat. Once again they are becoming the favourites to win the world cup. Anyway I would like to see England winning this match. So this series will be more interesting to watch.

    Good luck both teams.

  • unbiased_referee on January 25, 2011, 6:42 GMT

    It is beyond doubt that AUS will enter the 10th Cricket World Cup as top-seeded, and therefore favourites!! The best ENG can do from here is try and win at least three of the remaining four matches and hope to start their campaign being among top four seeded sides. The forthcoming SL-WI ODI series, weather permitting, has a potential of placing SL at no. 2. It is up to ENG whether they can occupy the 3rd or 4th seed position ahead of SA and IND respectively, or stay as 5th favourites as they are placed at the moment. However, if they enter as 5th seed with 0-7 record in this series, likelihood of them beating Bangladesh, WI, SA and IND in the first round will be next to zero, as each one of these sides will give ENG run for their money in bowling and batting departments. The weather conditions in India in the latter half of their first-round campaign are not going to suit them either. But then who knows--ENG being three-times finalists in the past, might make the cut again.

  • chandau on January 25, 2011, 6:45 GMT

    Why not open with Marsh and send Haddin at 6/7. But the problem is Smith is no 6 so the lineup looks thin on batting strength. When Pnting and M Hussy return I would drop Clerk and Smith but then am not an Auzzy selector :) Watson, Marsh, Ponting, M Hussy, D Hussy, White, Haddin, Jhonson, Lee, Doherty, Bollinger. Provided White and DH bowl a bit of spin this lineup will have everything : 2 left & 2 right arm pacies + 3 spin options. Few lefties in batting as well to mix it in the middle. Problem is selectors are a different bunch all together :)

  • ozwriter on January 25, 2011, 6:56 GMT

    smith is a c grade player. he needs to go. i really dont understand why he has been selected in all 3 formats of the game where in reality it is evident he cannot perform in all 3.

  • thiruven on January 25, 2011, 7:09 GMT

    Engalnd may consider Ian Bell to open with Strauss and drop Prior to middle order. Flexibility in tactics may come in hand especially when plan is not being executed. Retain Collingwood but drop Peterson (very over rated player). Better to have Steve Davies than Peterson.

    Australia may also tweak with their opening combination (Watson and Marsh and drop down Haddin). Haddin does need some rest with his wicket keeping duties.

    Good Luck to Clarke as he deserves some. Let the ball come to you instead of reaching for it.

    Good Luck to both teams but let OZ win.