England v Australia, 1st NatWest ODI, Headingley

Replacements take top billing

The Preview by Alan Gardner

September 5, 2013

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Match Facts

September 6, Headingley
Start time 10.15am (0915 GMT)

Eoin Morgan and Michael Clarke with the ODI series trophy, Headingley, September 5, 2013
Eoin Morgan stands in for Alastair Cook but Michael Clarke continues to play himself © Getty Images

The Big Picture

With the Ashes out of the way, the stage is set for England and Australia to go toe-to-toe in a five-match ODI series. Can you feel the electricity crackling through the air? In truth, this is the rump of Australia's tour in every sense, though it may serve up one or two tasty mouthfuls: another Aaron Finch special; a debut for 19-year-old Jamie Overton.

The Australia squad has been refreshed by new faces, though there is no opportunity for Michael Clarke to rest. More than three months after Clarke got on the plane from Sydney for the Champions Trophy, only to be stricken by a back injury and not play in the tournament, he is still going, afforded just a brief respite during last week's Twenty20s. Of the Test squad, Shane Watson, Matthew Wade and James Faulkner remain, but they will be up against a very different England.

There has been some muttering - in particular from the former England captain, Michael Vaughan - about the shadow nature of England's 14-man ODI squad. Kevin Pietersen, Jonathan Trott and Joe Root have returned after missing the trip to Dublin, while Jos Buttler, Ravi Bopara, Steven Finn and the captain, Eoin Morgan, would all be considered first choice in this form of the game, but for some the absence of five other regulars will devalue the contest irredeemably.

Those fans who haven't reduced their tickets to ashes in disgust will get a glimpse of the future, however, starting at Headingley. Ben Stokes, Boyd Rankin and Overton could all be part of England's 2015 World Cup squad, while Michael Carberry has the chance to prove that slow and steady at the top of the order need not always be the default option.

Although the Ashes-winning country has lost the subsequent one-day series on the last three occasions, England have had the better of recent ODI exchanges and won the last two bilateral series against Australia in home conditions. Their 4-0 victory last summer, when Australia failed to take more than five wickets in an innings at any point, might suggest the England selectors just wanted to make a game of things this time.

Form guide

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Watch out for...

Although he was England's second-highest run-scorer during the Ashes, Kevin Pietersen had one of his more restrained series. He missed the Champions Trophy with knee trouble and could be restored to the ODI team as an opener, in the absence of Alastair Cook and Ian Bell - though quite how it would suit England's long-term planning to bat him there is another matter. His 36-ball fifty lit up the final day at The Oval, even as the gloom descended, and Pietersen should be in the mood to express himself again after squeezing in a family holiday.

The tale of Fawad Ahmed and a possible Ashes call-up wended its way through the summer without ever quite coming to pass but since a nervy debut in the Twenty20 series, he has quietly made a good impression. He showed at Chester-le-Street he can turn the ball appreciably and that may be enough to unnerve English batsmen perennially transfixed by the prospect of facing legspin. Landing a few more psychological blows on a good length should bring him into contention for the Tests in Australia.

Team news

Morgan was not giving away any clues to the make-up of England's XI but it seems likely that the middle order which nearly took England all the way in the Champions Trophy will remain unchanged. England looked a specialist bowler light against Ireland but Ashley Giles has spoken in praise of Ben Stokes as the third seamer. Chris Jordan and Overton are possible debutants if they decide to change the balance of the side.

England (possible) 1 Michael Carberry, 2 Kevin Pietersen, 3 Jonathan Trott, 4 Joe Root, 5 Eoin Morgan (capt), 6 Ravi Bopara, 7 Jos Buttler (wk), 8 Ben Stokes, 9 James Tredwell, 10 Boyd Rankin, 11 Steven Finn

Having set a new record for Australia's opening stand in ODIs against Scotland, Aaron Finch and Shaun Marsh should get the chance to extend their union, meaning there will be no return for Phillip Hughes. This looks Australia's most balanced side, though Glenn Maxwell could offer a boom-boom-or-bust option in the middle order.

Australia (possible) 1 Aaron Finch, 2 Shaun Marsh, 3 Shane Watson, 4 Michael Clarke (capt), 5 George Bailey, 6 Adam Voges, 7 Matthew Wade, 8 James Faulkner, 9 Mitchell Johnson, 10 Clint McKay, 11 Fawad Ahmed

Pitch and conditions

As always, those at Headingley should look up rather than down. Atmospheric conditions will be more important than the pitch in dictating selection and tactics - although a bleak forecast means that sadly rain may have the greatest effect on the result.

Stats and trivia

  • England's last completed one-day fixture at Headingley saw Mahela Jayawardene score 144 in a 69-run win for Sri Lanka in 2011.
  • The last time Australia beat England in an ODI in Leeds was 1981.
  • Australia won the last two post-Ashes ODI series by a 6-1 margin.
  • Against Ireland on Tuesday, Eoin Morgan and Ravi Bopara combined for the highest fifth-wicket partnership in ODIs, while against Scotland, Aaron Finch and Shaun Marsh put on the sixth-highest opening stand in one-day history.


"With debuts you are on a hiding to nothing most of the time. More often than not they do not go right for you. Carbs is a very experienced cricketer. He will pick himself up, re-evaluate where he is at and we will encourage him to play with the freedom he does at Hampshire."
Eoin Morgan backs Michael Carberry to make a better impression second time out

"We need to perform when we're away from home, and our most recent trips to the UK have not been successful. Let's hope we can turn that around."
Michael Clarke wants an upturn in Australian fortunes against England

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Posted by Charlie101 on (September 6, 2013, 12:35 GMT)

Whilst his ODI form is not good enough I wonder if Alex Hales should be in every ODI squad as a matter of course in case of shortened matches. Hopefully we will get some play today but if we do get something like a 25 over a side match it would be handy Alex opening. The CT final was a good example of this - he may well have made the difference.

Posted by bumbles11 on (September 6, 2013, 11:13 GMT)

ODI's after Test series is silly, having 20/20's, ODI's and then building up to Test's is the best structure but hardly anybody seems to do this now? The weather in England has been great 26c/27c until today but it is September....you would think from comments it doesn't rain in india!!

Posted by yorkshirematt on (September 6, 2013, 11:12 GMT)

@baseball sucks Actually it's been fine this summer. Obviously if the ECB decide to schedule matches for the beginning of Autumn this is likely to happen

Posted by   on (September 6, 2013, 10:29 GMT)

I tnk icc should take steps not to host matches in England whether it is summer or not. It will be waste of hosting matches there in England....

Posted by   on (September 6, 2013, 10:16 GMT)

Asa Lancashire fan for over 50 years now, I'll always have a soft spot for Carberry, He and Neil McKenzie's heroic stand against Warwickshire back in 2011 (Hants were already relegated, nothing to play for but pride) won us the County Championship. So I hope you have a great game, Carbs, you deserve it after being there or thereabouts for so long.

Posted by milepost on (September 6, 2013, 9:49 GMT)

Carberry and Pietersen opening is cool. Disagree entirely with the post that the World Cup is the premiere event in cricket. For test fans, seeing the best contests between the best players is where it's at which is why the BCCI short changing their series vs SA is a real bummer, I would have loved to see a longer series. The Aussies can play ODI cricket but I don't care if we win or not. Losing the ashes however.....

Posted by baseball_sucks on (September 6, 2013, 9:12 GMT)

Typical English summer weather

Posted by unlocker on (September 6, 2013, 8:36 GMT)

Oh Australia , England is ahead in test series but today will start new odi series .my all money goes for aus for all odis.pls won 5 match or 4 for me

Posted by disorientated on (September 6, 2013, 8:28 GMT)

Hi all, fact is it doesn't matter which team anybody picks today! I'm 10 miles from the ground, it's as dark as night, poring with rain! So even gsingh7's usually highly accurate predictions of a whitewash to England's opposition won't come true!

Posted by R_U_4_REAL_NICK on (September 6, 2013, 8:11 GMT)

@Cpt.Meanster (post on September 5, 2013, 22:57 GMT): So what exactly is it that you want? England to play exactly the same team across all formats? There is no international team that does that! In the shorter formats, strike rates and economy rates are the most important in batting and bowling respectively; in tests, purists like me don't care a jot about batsmen's strike rates and the bowlers must be able to pick up 20 wickets for less runs than the opposition. So what is wrong with developing specialist teams for each format? Once upon a time, cricket fans from all over the world did look forward to Indian test series as well...

Posted by fazmy on (September 6, 2013, 7:50 GMT)

We didn't see a long time Kieswetter for T20 & ODI. I hope he is fit to play Please stop Butter recall for Craig Kieswetter.

Posted by PrasPunter on (September 6, 2013, 7:24 GMT)

@jmcilhinney and @Shan156 , cant agree more. It looks like even the indian-fans, not just the bcci, seem to be dictating to the world on what must be important. If not for Ashes, the bcci would have wiped-off test cricket from the face of earth by now. Long live Test cricket !! Who cares about the limited-overs games !!

Posted by Charlie101 on (September 6, 2013, 7:18 GMT)

@donnao Glad to see Aussie fans still going on about how lucky England were in the Ashes . I think it was Gary Player the golfer who said " the more I practice the luckier I become ". Have a good long hard look at the sides - England team pulling together and working for each other as opposed to Aussie team with training issues as highlighted in India and a devisive Captain and star player (Watson )

Posted by   on (September 6, 2013, 7:09 GMT)

@landl47, the difference is that guys like Siddle and Lyon are not in our ODI planning at all and no-one is mistaking Rogers as an ODI batsman, Harris and Starc are both injured, in any case I doubt Harris would play due to injury concern. The fact is, Aus HAS picked its full strength team here, England on the other hand are a long way from that, judging from their preffered make up in the Champions Trophy. I don't for a second argue with what you guys have done but the likes of Jimmy, Broad, Cook, KP etc are most definitely in Englands no.1 ODI team. Siddle, Lyon, Harris, Rogers, Haddin are clearly not in the ODI planning for Aus and Starc is injured. Pretty clear really.

Posted by jmcilhinney on (September 6, 2013, 6:42 GMT)

@electric_loco_WAP4 on (September 6, 2013, 6:14 GMT), you obviously set very low standards for Australia if you're excited about their result against Scotland. Didn't you say something before the Ashes about Australia winning there too? How'd that work out?

Posted by electric_loco_WAP4 on (September 6, 2013, 6:27 GMT)

The record breaking win vs Scots has rolled on unstoppable momentum for the young Aus OD side . Even with Aus 2nd string side vs full strength Eng ,Aus with momentum will be tough to beat and will win 5-0 considering Eng are very poor ODI side and the world class Aus bowling nd fielding will choke up already pedestrian Eng run rate to not more than 3 r.p.o and this Eng bowling find it tough to stop the explosive young Aus bats in the form they are in . Of course if the world's fastest Mitch Johnson gets on a roll with his 95 mph bolts it will be a sight and will be all over Eng and the games will be a no contest. Even unpredictable Watto is a danger if he has 1 of his 'on' days during any of the 5 ODIs.

Posted by donnao on (September 6, 2013, 6:21 GMT)

australia will win 5-0 over england,,,,,,good preparation for india series.....

Posted by electric_loco_WAP4 on (September 6, 2013, 6:14 GMT)

Handy tons from 2 young Aus batsmen vs the Scots. Got few more OD games against supposedly 'better' opposition and Ashes rivals for these and a few other Aus young batters to add to their 100s tally vs the Eng bowling .And with a lot of batting places at grabs in Aus' batting ordes for home Ashes there's a good chance we see a rash of triple figs. from these young bats in upcoming ODs v Eng.Oh,and off course the 1 brilliant game in series from Watson off course .And against this Eng bowling it can be anything from 170 or 230 on Watson's good day .

Posted by Shan156 on (September 6, 2013, 5:59 GMT)

@JG2704, lol @regular neutral's predictions. I wish he gives his predictions for every Eng. series as he is guaranteed to predict that Eng. will lose and his predictions are almost guaranteed to fail. However, as even a broken clock is correct twice a day, his predictions are sure to come true once in a while and Eng. cannot keep winning all the time too. But, I would take our record since the Ind. series (gsingh started giving his predictions on these boards in that series) in all formats.

Posted by Shan156 on (September 6, 2013, 5:51 GMT)

@Cpt.Meanster, @jmcillhinney has posted an apt reply to your ignorant message. What is baffling to us Eng. fans is people like you preaching what should be important to us. Yes, the world cup is played between all test playing nations plus some associate nations. But it is yet another 50 over bash. We know it requires some skills but a little different set of skills than what is required for test cricket. For us, test cricket would remain the pinnacle. We have no problems with you or even the rest of the world valuing the world cup more. Perhaps you should have no problems with us having test cricket in a pedestal either?

Posted by donnao on (September 6, 2013, 5:46 GMT)

it seems like english are bit over confident,,,,if i check the last three ashes match englishman are quite lucky and may b bless by rain god.....come on ozzzzz and clarke...

Posted by jmcilhinney on (September 6, 2013, 5:31 GMT)

@Cpt.Meanster on (September 5, 2013, 22:57 GMT), it's interesting that you mention utter ignorance, given your determination to achieve it. You've been around here long enough to know better and still you don't get it: even the WC is less important than ANY Test series, let alone the Ashes. Even if England and Australia aren't the two best teams in the world, which they clearly aren't right now, they will both continue to view the Ashes as the #1 prize in cricket. I know it irks those from other nations but it's completely up to us what we consider important and we will continue to give the WC exactly the respect it deserves, not what you tell us it deserves. England will try to win the next WC but certainly not at the expense of a single Test series, never mind an Ashes series. If that bothers you then all the better.

Posted by TheBigBoodha on (September 6, 2013, 4:19 GMT)

@CricketingStargazer, Australia were not "truly awful" in the CT. That's what I'd call propaganda. They lost the only genuine game they played (vs Eng) by 40 runs, which is not a heavy loss in a fifty over game by any means. Notably no team won a game batting second at Cardiff where the wicket slowed greatly each game (of four games played). Aus were well on their way to beating NZ - then rain came. Sound familiar? Then they had to swing like crazy to try to beat SL's modest total in 29 overs - hardly a fair contest - and they lost by 20 runs after losing a pile of wickets chasing 10 runs an over at the start. Australia's record in 50 over cricket remains good, and given an even slice of fortune, they will continue to do well.

Posted by din7 on (September 6, 2013, 4:17 GMT)

Though eng bowling looks weak..their battin is still strong with cook and bell only rested..well they hrdly matters because kp has taken their place..while aussie team is llokin good on paper their opening is still untested hope they come good...forsome1 cyrin out loud aganst clarke...he has avg of 45 in ODIs which is good enough to be selected in any ODI side i world..yes his strike rate is 78 but thats more to do with when he started playin ODIs he use t play slow in that world champion side but since then has improved his strike rate considerable..also he's amnog top ten battin avg when chasing...he has missed quite a few ODIs in last year or so..lookin forward to watchin clarke in ODIs..also his superb captaincy!

Posted by jmcilhinney on (September 6, 2013, 3:08 GMT)

@gsingh7 on (September 5, 2013, 16:00 GMT), "australia win series 5-0". Judging by your record of predictions involving England, that pretty much equates to 3-2 or maybe even 4-1 to England. Perhaps if you based your predictions on logic rather than spite once in a while, you might have a better record.

Posted by disco_bob on (September 6, 2013, 2:18 GMT)

Fawad Ahmed in contention for the return Ashes [!] great idea, we messed up in India by losing faith in Lyon for no reason, then after showing how poor a decision it was to omit him from the team we proceed to do the same again for the first two Ashes preferring an untried underperformed 19 y/o debutante. Oh yes, lets lose the return Ashes as well by playing Fawad.

Posted by Barnesy4444 on (September 6, 2013, 2:01 GMT)

What has Phil Hughes done wrong? Scored 112, 138* and 86 in his first ten ODI, averages 42, scoring piles of runs in all forms of the game including Ryobi Cup and doesn't get picked.

Seriously, what does he have to do? He should be opening with Watson.

Posted by   on (September 6, 2013, 0:51 GMT)

England has not picked their best 11 - pups are in the side when experienced guys are out.

Posted by Josh_Schon81 on (September 6, 2013, 0:38 GMT)

Adam Voges absolutely has to play. Brilliant hundred last summer & our best batter at the Champions trophy. Maxwell is a prospect but Voges deserves his chance.

I wasn't convinced on Finch as he was given plenty of opportunity last summer but now he's taking it with both hands. Good on him. I wonder how long until Cutting and Ferguson get a regular run?

Posted by landl47 on (September 6, 2013, 0:27 GMT)

I'm not entirely sure why England get criticized for not fielding a full-strength side while Australia, who are equally far from full strength, aren't given a hard time at all. Both sides have only one bowler from the Ashes sides, Faulkner for Aus, Finn for Eng and they only played one game apiece. Both sides have one part-time bowler, Watson for Aus and Root for Eng (who, BTW, took more wickets at a better average than Watson). Eng have 4 players who played in the test series to Aus's 3, if the possible sides listed above are the final choices. England has 3 top 4 batsmen, Aus 2.

It all seems pretty equal to me. The Aus side does seem a bit better balanced and I agree with Optic, playing Jordan instead of Carbs would make for a better balanced Eng side. However, Stokes has come on a lot this year and in another couple of years he could be the #6/4th seamer England needs.

Let's hope the weather is kind and we get an excellent series.

Posted by Optic on (September 6, 2013, 0:14 GMT)

@CricketingStargazer I will be amazed if Aus win this series, let alone by 5-0 or 4-1. Even with England missing 5 players or whatever it is I think the line up stacks up well against the Aus one. We saw last year in the 4-0 series that we won and in the CT that Aus are a poor one day side and have a losing mentality. If they somehow happen to win the series and their fans give it the big one, it will be a cringer and half. They won the last 2 series after the Ashes, that didn't make up for anything did it. We won the one day series after the 2006/7 Ashes that certainly proved nothing either and didn't make us the better side. The better sides turn up in comps and stand alone bilateral series.

Posted by lisadb99 on (September 5, 2013, 23:42 GMT)

swervin - hope he fails. Go Nathan Lyon!

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (September 5, 2013, 22:57 GMT)

@JG2704: It baffles me how some English fans openly advocate a specialist team for ODIs. It doesn't make any sense to me. That could only mean 1 thing - utter ignorance. I can understand test cricket having an important place in the hearts of the English public. However, the most IMPORTANT prize in cricket is the world cup held every 4 years. No matter how many Ashes England win, a world cup win surpasses that because the competition is held between ALL nations of the world as opposed to a simple stand off between 2 nations. I think it's time England paid a proper tribute to ODIs and play their test match players. England should look to win the next world cup. Otherwise, it's a waste of everyone's time.

Posted by OhhhhhMattyMatty on (September 5, 2013, 21:29 GMT)

England need to pick just 1 of Ravi or Root and then bring in Overton. Stokes can bat at 6 no trouble! Great to see Kev opening again. Has to always bat top 3 in ODI cricket, regardless of Bell, Cook and Trott's numbers and form!

Posted by Shan156 on (September 5, 2013, 21:24 GMT)

"England have had the better of recent ODI exchanges and won the last two bilateral series against Australia in home conditions"

We won 4-0 last year but didn't we lose 1-6 in 2009? Was there a series in England in between that I missed?

Posted by JG2704 on (September 5, 2013, 21:21 GMT)

@CricketingStargazer on (September 5, 2013, 19:37 GMT) I'd usually go with you on the scoreline , but one of our regular neutrals gave a 5-0 prediction for Australia and his predictions are almost guranteed

To fail

Posted by JG2704 on (September 5, 2013, 21:18 GMT)

@ R_U_4_REAL_NICK on (September 5, 2013, 19:38 GMT)Bowlingwise , this is slightly better than the T20 side IMO as we at least have more variety with our part timers but I'd still rather see one more specialist bowler. I'd probably go with Wright plus a bowler for KP and Trott. It may weaken our batting and compromise on experience but I almost see it as pointless to play KP for a game here and there when he's not inured or being rested. BTW the Somerset player re the double ton was Max Waller - tried several times posting a link but for some reason it never got published

Posted by cloudmess on (September 5, 2013, 21:16 GMT)

Let's see if Australia can beat an England 2nd XI

Posted by   on (September 5, 2013, 21:13 GMT)

@robert roemer ....er 7379 runs @ 45 7 hundreds and 54 50's....and you feel clarke isn't good enough???

Because Australia have such a huge pool of world class players to pick from?

clarke is by far the best batsmen Australia can find regardless of weather it is Test ODI's or T20...he is world class (and i am an English supporter)

Posted by JG2704 on (September 5, 2013, 21:07 GMT)

To me , the Australian line up looks a little stronger on paper. Despite his poor show in Ireland I'd still like to see him given a run either opening or at 3 in ODIs. I also wonder if we should maybe concentrate on a specialist ODI/T20 side and not have test players involved. While this may weaken the side I think it'd be a way of building a settled side in the shorter formats. Also this side looks a little too deep in batting and a little thin on the bowling to me. Also wondering if - now he's found a bit of form in Eng colours - If they should not have continued with him. He's at least a little different from Finn and Rankin.

Posted by swervin on (September 5, 2013, 20:50 GMT)

Best of luck to Fawad Ahmed! He's already achieved a lot getting into the team but Australian fans are right behind him, hoping he does well...

Posted by R_U_4_REAL_NICK on (September 5, 2013, 19:38 GMT)

As much as I've been harping on all year about England not using part-time bowlers enough, I must agree that only 3 specialist bowlers in a team is taking it much too far! Four specialist bowlers, preferably with two spinners would be ideal; then the part-timers or "bits-and-pieces" players as others have been calling them can fill in the rest. Australia's team looks good on paper; not sure about the batting order, but unlike England at least Australia tend to be much more flexible in that aspect.

Posted by CricketingStargazer on (September 5, 2013, 19:37 GMT)

I just get the feeling that this will end up 4-1 or 5-0 to Australia and the result will be held up as "proof" that they were robbed in the Ashes. Whatever fine words are said about England playing to win and however much the difference between the two sides in the ICC ODI table is minimal (one place and two points) and despite the fact that Australia were just awful in the Champions Trophy, the side is going to struggle to raise itself for the cricketing equivalent of football's third place play off in the World Cup (who cares what the result is because it doesn't actually matter once the real prize has been decided).

In theory this should be a close series and a chance to see some exciting young talent earn its wings. I hope that Chris Jordan will get at least a couple of games and that Michael Carberry will show what a fine player he is. This is about developing strength in depth and it is worth losing to strengthen the Test squad in the future.

Posted by RoBoBobster on (September 5, 2013, 18:22 GMT)

@salazar555 if he does play though the bowling looks far too weak as even vs island who aren't as strong as australia are it was badly exposed. Unless Stokes is replaced with CJ or Overton as a slight boost it seems too big a gamble for him to play here

Posted by skilebow on (September 5, 2013, 18:17 GMT)

I'm going tmrw and I can't wait. I actually think it'll be more interesting to see a few young promising players test their skills. Strangely, even though I'm English in the last few hours I've realised that in my heart of hearts i would actually quite like to see an Aussie win tmrw. Darren Lehmann, Headlingley legend.

Posted by yorkshirematt on (September 5, 2013, 18:06 GMT)

We've had a nice summer up here apart from when England have been here. Headingley is becoming the new Cardiff. Looks like no overseas again next year for Yorkshire

Posted by salazar555 on (September 5, 2013, 18:01 GMT)

@Ashley Carberry will get the 5 ODI's to prove whether he is good enough or whether it's just a case that he's been playing his cricket on an absolute road at Hampshire this year. He can't play much worse against Australia than he did against Ireland and that's probably the way he needs to think about it.

Has he suddenly turned world class at the age of 33 or has he just found a flat track at Hampshire to bully average bowlers on? That's the question I want answered and these 5 games against Oz should tell us one way or the other

Posted by AKS286 on (September 5, 2013, 17:48 GMT)

No Hales & Lumb and only 3 specialist bowler not a good choice. and i'll not support KP as an opener. but good to see NO Dernbach. 5-0 win for ENgland.

Posted by   on (September 5, 2013, 17:44 GMT)

As SirViv1973 mentioned, utterly baffling why Clarke is playing. Not only should his back be preserved but to be honest he is pretty much a liability in ODI's in my opinion. He plays at his own pace, has a strike rate good for the early 1980's and very rarely wins a game off his own bat, and in my opinion should not be in the ODI team at all.

Posted by Optic on (September 5, 2013, 17:39 GMT)

@SyedAreYouDumb Hi there, could you point me in the direction of this hype you speak about because I've read very little about Rankin at all, especially anything making him out to be the second coming of Joel Garner. As for his stats he averages 27 in FC and 30 in one day cricket but as an economy of 4.9 which is excellent for an attacking fast bowler like him, not too bad. If you knew anything about him you'd know that he's a red ball bowler who England are obviously taking a look at for the Ashes. When you're as tall as him and can bowl 90mph, he's a difficult prospect for any batsmen. Go and look up what County batsmen say about facing him, I'll tel you they say it's the fastest most hostile bowler going around County cricket atm. If any of these Aussies batmen tear him apart I would be very surprised but hey this is one day cricket where far better bowlers than him like Steyn and Anderson have been smashed

Posted by   on (September 5, 2013, 17:35 GMT)

@gsingh7: Quick question: I'm presuming you're an Indian and Australian fan from your past comments. Is Zaheer Khan back and fit yet? He spearheaded the Indian bowling attack for a while but seemed to have disappeared. I see Ishant Sharma has endured a few rough times while leading the attack - who are the up and coming Indian pacemen now - Bhuvi Kumar, perhaps? I remember there was hope that Kapil Dev and Srinath rejuvinated fast bowling in India and I'm hoping that's turning out to be the case.

Posted by SyedAreYouDumb on (September 5, 2013, 17:11 GMT)

Rankin is the most overhyped player England has recruited in years his stats aren't any good at all and he will be torn apart by Aussies especially had Warner been picked but I'm guessing Finch will do that. Fawad will once again be the player everyone will scrutinize and in this series if he plays well all these doubts should be put away since he is going to play on unresponsive tracks.

Posted by   on (September 5, 2013, 17:09 GMT)

Aussie ODI top order has more talent than their test side. Even though its not test cricket, a good run of form here could put pressure on the "test" batsmen.

Posted by   on (September 5, 2013, 17:03 GMT)

This lineup is effectively a race to decide who is the worse wicket keeper batsman: Matthew Wade (average 22) or Jos Buttler (average 11). At the moment, Wade can't take a catch while Buttler can't score a run.

Posted by   on (September 5, 2013, 16:59 GMT)

Carberry needs to get over nerves, one outing doesn't make a failure. The guy needs to be given the chances, and against the Aussies is never easy to start off...

Posted by BRUTALANALYST on (September 5, 2013, 16:47 GMT)

I don't think England have ever had a more exciting opening pair than Carberry and Pietersen in any form, if they both get going it really will make for some fantastic viewing !

Posted by BRUTALANALYST on (September 5, 2013, 16:40 GMT)

The prospect of KP and Carberry opening is really exciting

Posted by SirViv1973 on (September 5, 2013, 16:00 GMT)

I'm a bit baffled why Clarke is playing in this series. Given the ongoing issues with his back you would have thought Aus would want to wrap him in cottonwool until the Gabba in Nov. Although Aus were no great shakes in the CT I did think Bailey led them well & IMO he is a more than able replacement in this form of the game.

Posted by gsingh7 on (September 5, 2013, 16:00 GMT)

australia win series 5-0 . they may be hitting bottom in tests but still better odi side than england. still they wud be under pressure to perform after 7 losses out of last 9 tests. after this tour they will play odi series vs india on rank turners of india where they never played well. they cud yet hit lower points in their history of cricket if they loss both series and win zero matches. hope they return to australia atleast winning some games. come on australia.

Posted by RoBoBobster on (September 5, 2013, 15:55 GMT)

KP Trott and Root must all be considered definites as , Morgan and Bopara can't be dropped after last game, and the same can be said of Rankin and Tredwell (who is also the only proper spinner), Butler is the only keeper, England like Finn and the positive words about Stokes suggest he will keep his place. That leaves the other place for 1 of Wright, Jordan, Carberry or Overton. If Carberry plays the bowling looks way too weak, and if Overton plays the batting looks light, I suspect Wright will play as the althought the trial with him at the top of the order didn't come off, he can play there and Root wouldn't need to be brought up the order, where he almost certainly won't play in future with KP, Cook, and Bell already contesting 2 spots KP, Root, Trott, Morgan, Bopara, Butler, Stokes, Tredwell, Rankin, Finn

Posted by Optic on (September 5, 2013, 15:20 GMT)

I hope we play KP and Root at the top of the order and we also look a bowler light to me with the line up above, which was the same against Ireland. Stokes, Ravi and Root to bowl 20 overs, I don't think so. Stokes's bowling has improved but to be relied to bowl 10 against Aus is stretching it for me. Id personally pick Jordan and leave Carberry out. This looks a far better balanced side. 1. KP 2. Root 3. Trott 4. Morgan 5. Ravi 6. Buttler 7. Stokes 8. Jordan 9. Tredwell 10. Finn 11. Rankin.

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