Australia v England, 5th ODI, Adelaide January 25, 2014

England aim to spoil Australia Day


Match facts

January 26, 2014, Adelaide
Start time 1350 (0320GMT)

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The Big picture

Witnesses to the celebrations that followed the 1987 World Cup Final tell of their delight at watching years of worry and wrinkles disappear from the glowing face of Australia's captain Allan Border as he was hoisted on the shoulders of Craig McDermott and Dean Jones in the aftermath of victory. While a lone ODI win is nothing by comparison, the effect the Perth result had on England seemed similarly transformative. Certainly Alastair Cook was suddenly speaking a lot more positively about the team, cricket and life itself having finally led his men to a win, albeit over a weakened Australian side.

Now, having spent most of the summer toying with England, the hosts have a far chirpier and enthusiastic opponent for the final match of the series at Adelaide Oval, played on Australia Day. They will be fortified by the returns of the captain Michael Clarke and the allrounder Shane Watson, a pair of inclusions that will also add some incentive to England's quest for a promising end to a wretched tour. Having beaten Australia at the WACA Ground, they would dearly like to repeat the trick against a stronger home line-up in Adelaide, on a pitch that will offer little in the way of pace or lateral movement.

For the first time this summer, the Australia must find a way to regain the momentum they had previously ridden across all eight previous encounters, a tidal wave of confidence and accomplishment that was hinted at during the ODIs in England and India but which truly began during the first Test in Brisbane. There was a profligacy about Australia's bowling in Perth that suggested a slight loss of focus, and it is the most pressing concern for the coach Darren Lehmann ahead of this fixture.

Form guide

(Completed matches, most recent first)

Australia LWWWL
England WLLLL

Watch out for

The only member of Australia's bowling attack to excel at the WACA Ground, Glenn Maxwell is developing his offspin in a handy and timely manner. But it is his livewire batting that has brought Maxwell most of his career advancement to date, and he continues to wrestle with the competing instincts to attack or build. His overeager dismissal in Perth drew sharp criticism from Lehmann, who made the rare step of deliberately criticising his player in public. Given the array of strokes he possesses, and the power with which he can play them, it will take only the merest hint of better "course management" to have Maxwell frightening the life out of England's bowlers in Adelaide, and those in the series beyond.

Not unlike Darren Gough on the 1994-95 Ashes tour, Ben Stokes has been the ebullient centre of what little good cricket England have played this summer. So it was altogether fitting that he dominated the match that finally brought victory for Cook's team, his improvement in the No. 3 position after a halting first attempt in Sydney proving just as vital as his four wickets. As England's "find of the tour", Stokes will keenly want to finish off on a note of foreboding for any Australians thinking of crossing him again in 2015.

Team news

Michael Clarke and Shane Watson are back in Australia's squad for Adelaide, meaning Steve Smith and Daniel Christian are the two men expected to make way. Clint McKay is a likely inclusion in place of Mitchell Johnson, who has stayed home in Perth, while Xavier Doherty can also expect a recall.

Australia 1 Aaron Finch, 2 Shaun Marsh, 3 Shane Watson, 4 Michael Clarke (capt), 5 George Bailey, 6 Glenn Maxwell, 7 Matthew Wade (wk), 8 James Faulkner, 9 Clint McKay, 10 Nathan Coulter-Nile, 11 Xavier Doherty.

Having finally won an international match on tour, England can be expected to try to maintain their new-found confidence with an unchanged team.

England (possible) 1 Alastair Cook (capt), 2 Ian Bell, 3 Ben Stokes, 4 Gary Ballance, 5 Eoin Morgan, 6 Ravi Bopara, 7 Jos Buttler (wk), 8 Tim Bresnan, 9 Stuart Broad, 10 Chris Jordan, 11 James Tredwell.

Pitch and conditions

Adelaide's drop-in pitch should be brimful of runs though it will lack the pace of Perth. The forecast temperature for Australia Day is a dry, dusty 35 degrees.

Stats and trivia

  • A victory for England would move the tourists up to third in the ODI rankings behind the other members of the "big three", India and Australia, surpassing South Africa

  • Australia have hosted England four times in ODIs on Australia Day in Adelaide, winning three times. England were the victors on the most recent occasion however, in 2011.


"He (Maxwell) is a great young kid, and he realises his mistake last night. He owned up to that and he realises he's got to get better. He's an all-rounder but he's batting in the top six, so you'd say he's a batting all-rounder. But he's got to show the responsibility of that (role) at six. We know he's got that excitement and that flair and we love that about him, but we want him to understand the game better."
Darren Lehmann puts Glenn Maxwell on notice

"We always took the positive option, which in these conditions I think you have to do. There's always a bit of risk with that but you have to be good enough as a top-order batsman to make those shots."
Alastair Cook thinks aggression was key to his side's Perth win and hopes to see more of it in Adelaide

Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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  • John on January 26, 2014, 10:21 GMT

    @xtrafalgarx - England are a form side and cricket is a form game. The summer before last Australia came over to England and were whitewashed and now 18 months later they are doing the thrashing. No one knows what's around the corner. I don't think many neutrals would have predicted a 5-0 thrashing in the test series. In tests India were thrashed in both Eng and Aus and then a year or so later Eng beat India in India and then a few months later India thrash Australia and then less than a year later Aus thrash England. In ODIs India will always be there or thereabouts. In a years time Eng could be pants or rejuvenated in this format - no one knows

  • James on January 26, 2014, 3:33 GMT

    Salazar: What a joker, please give us a break. The Ashes had been won, the ODI series had been won as well (The first time for a long time a team has won both the Ashes and the ODI's), cut them some slack!

    It's only one game, an ODI at that, that was a dead rubber, i doubt it will affect anything.

  • Sumit on January 26, 2014, 2:59 GMT

    I think Aussie need warner in top order.he has been core member and destroying english attack with consistency. i am glad that england have performed better then this 3-1 score line.If they wuld have get rid of faulkner this match could be a cracker..

  • ick on January 26, 2014, 1:19 GMT

    These days Australia, England, NZ are no different than India, lions at home, lambs abroad. Look at the series played over 2-3 years, it is a proven fact. Don't celebrate if these guys have a away series. Chill.

  • Dummy4 on January 26, 2014, 1:13 GMT

    I said a few weeks ago that Ben Stokes should be the next English captain,, in all forms of the game. Sure he is young, but he played in a team that got rolled 5-0 and now 3-1, but he has the makings of a fine cricketer. He is the one player as an Australian, I was worried about when he batted. With a few games under his belt he will improve. I know Rugby League is a different game but you have to build a team and persevere. You can't just chop and change. It is why us mighty Queenslanders has won eight origin series in a row. Create a nucleus and continue with it. Stokes is the start for the English. Butler seems formidable, keep him too. Above all, don't chop and change and don't play people out of position.

  • Dummy4 on January 26, 2014, 0:59 GMT

    I find it amazing that NZ have the two best all rounders in rhe World right now, just a shame that Stokes pays for England. Will both Stokes and Anderson be able to pay IPL? And what of the two tier system when the Kiwis are able to match the Indians? This summer has been great for cricket in Australasia, pity the poor Poms though.

  • Patrick on January 26, 2014, 0:29 GMT

    I think Lehmann's criticism is well justified, Jimmy bailed Maxwell out last brain fade and Perth was a missed opportunity to make amends. He failed to justify his first 11 run, he's played every game and has fluffed it when called upon. We can't blame the fill ins, Wade was overpromoted with T20 in mind and though Smith will be disappointed given the form he's been in the door remains wide open if he can make a score next opportunity. Well done to Finch who stood up and is likely the benchmark for Lehmann's criticism of the 'No Show'.

  • Dale on January 25, 2014, 22:26 GMT

    @Jonesy2 You have no idea. Stokes is a quality player and was easily Englands best player this tournament and he's still only young so there's plenty of improvement in him.

    @salazar555 there was more method than madness to resting the four players. We have the one day series, we have the ashes and we have a tour to SA coming up and we're building towards a world cup. It's a fair assessment to say that our current best XI probably won't be our best XI for the world cup so it's important to experiment a little and try to identify who will be good for us. Plus getting to number 1 in tests is the number 1 priority and i think a 3-0 or 2-0 win in SA will do that for us, not a likely result but we have to give ourself every chance.

  • disco on January 25, 2014, 22:20 GMT

    England have already ruined Australia day as we should be going for a record double 5-0. The fragility of the batting in the last ODI was an insult to the innings played by Finch, he deserved some support. Lehmann was right to criticise Maxwell and I'm confident that Boof is going to eliminate the pointless collapse precipitating gung ho style.

    I like Stokes' confidence but he seems to be missing some menace.

  • Dummy4 on January 25, 2014, 22:12 GMT

    jonesy2 reminds me of many an Aussie cricket fan, comes out of the woodwork now their team is right on top. When Australia were going through their low times, not a fan to be seen. Be true sports fans, stay with your chosen team through thick and thin. Stokes and Buttler look like real prospects in forms of the game for England as does the likes of Muirhead, Cutting and Cummings for Australia. The game looks good to me. (Australia losing the 4th ODI was mentioned in a small paragraph under the paperboy's puncture in my local paper here in NSW).

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