England v Australia, 2nd NatWest ODI, Old Trafford September 7, 2013

Anticipation increases after washout


Match Facts

September 8, Old Trafford
Start time 10.15am (0915 GMT)

The Big Picture

Now the traditional Headingley washout has been concluded, it is time to move on to the cricket. Four remaining matches in the NatWest series still give two fresh and experimental squads time to show their true flavour. The sense of anticipation remains, although too many of the showers forecast for Manchester on Sunday might put a bit of a damper on proceedings.

England have expectations that Eoin Morgan and Ravi Bopara can make the sort of impact batting at Nos. 5 and 6 that will carry them through to the 2015 World Cup. Confidence abounds following their hundreds against Ireland in Malahide and a partnership of 226, which was an ODI record for the fifth wicket. S Rajesh, in Numbers Game, has reflected upon England's commitment since another failed World Cup campaign in 2011 to lifting the strike rate at this stage of the innings.

Australia's tour of England has so far included a 3-0 Ashes series loss, a Champions Trophy campaign in which they failed to win a match and only two international victories: a Twenty20 game against England and an ODI win over minnows Scotland.

Fifty miles east of Manchester, Yorkshire will be rueing their ill luck. A third washout in five one-day internationals was not the sort of news that Yorkshire need when they are still wrestling with debts not far short of £20m. Profits of half a million from a capacity crowd of 17,250 have been washed away, leaving Yorkshire with no chance to recover the losses made on an under-budget Test against New Zealand in May. One money-saving scheme has been abandoned as Yorkshire have concluded that the floodlights at the defunct Don Valley athletics stadium are unsuitable.

Form guide

(Most recent first)
England WLWWL
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Watch out for...

Fawad Ahmed has attracted attention in the pre-match build-up because of criticism of Cricket Australia's willingness to allow him to follow his religious beliefs and not wear a brewers' logo on his shirt. The discord that has sounded from the wings cannot have eased his integration and he will be eager to do what he does best and remind everybody of his legspin prowess. For England, Ravi Bopara has had a decent summer. He played with a new maturity in the Champions Trophy and that century in Ireland furthered hopes that, at 28, he can yet have a consistently rewarding England career.

Team news

Ben Stokes has the capacity to make the grade as a fully fledged allrounder. He batted as low as No. 8 in Ireland but England have resisted the temptation to award a first cap to Chris Jordan, whose bowling suit is a little stronger. Australia are expected to retain the side that gave Scotland a 200-run thumping.

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

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

After one of the warmest summers in northern England for many years, the weather has turned a little grouchy, which considering the 10.15am start could make bowling first a big temptation. The Old Trafford pitch was one of the better ones in the Ashes series, although the pace and bounce that was often apparent a few years ago is no longer as common.

Stats and trivia

  • England's last one-day defeat at Old Trafford came in 2006 against Sri Lanka. Since then they have won four in a row, including twice against Australia.
  • Australia have won five and lost five of their ten ODIs at the ground.
  • George Bailey needs 112 runs to reach 1000 in one-day internationals; Mitchell Johnson is five wickets short of 200.
  • Ravi Bopara's hundred against Ireland took him past Neil Fairbrother, Mike Gatting and Ian Botham on England's run-scorers list.


"My plan is to be annoying, just tick along at that door and hope one day someone comes along and opens it - and I get my chance."
Ravi Bopara reveals his masterplan to get into the Ashes Test squad

"He talked up his table tennis, and he's let himself down a little bit there. That's probably been a bigger issue for him."
George Bailey suggests that Fawad Ahmed has more important things on his mind than a debate over shirt logos

David Hopps is the UK editor of ESPNcricinfo

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  • Chris on September 8, 2013, 9:11 GMT

    I know Jesse Failla's comment about 'stealing' Ireland players is only intended to needle and you can tell that from the use of the word 'pom' - which the Australia Advertising Standards Board decided was 'not offensive' in 2006. They would I guess.

    England don't steal Ireland's players - the players seek qualification for England with no guarantee of selection. If they qualify under the rules and are the best players, we select them. Presumably Jesse would like us to say "You qualify and would be selected on merit, but we are going to exclude you on racial grounds." That wouldn't even be legal, let alone ethical. It's a short career for sportsmen - you can't blame them for trying to make the best of it. I really hope the Irish team continue their progress. Because of a long tradition of Irish people coming to work in the UK and the geographic proximity, there are many people of mixed descent and there will always be a lot of players who can potentially qualify for either country.

  • John on September 8, 2013, 9:09 GMT

    @Jesse Failla on (September 8, 2013, 1:26 GMT) Yesterday's news re Boyd. And re Joyce - he's back playing for Ireland so what's your issue there? I agree that it will be good for Ireland to become a test playing nation but are they up to scratch re grounds etc? Also why not also look at the good side in that guys like Porterfield,Stirling,O Brien's , Wilson etc etc are all learning their longer form cricket in the ENGLISH first class structure and are improving because of that

  • John on September 8, 2013, 8:59 GMT

    @R_U_4_REAL_NICK on (September 7, 2013, 15:53 GMT) Agree re the 2 spinners but at least there is a 2nd spin option in Root - unlike in the T20s. However I wonder if Rayner may be a better bet than Briggs on this season's form

    @yorkshirematt on (September 7, 2013, 16:51 GMT) Yaeh not great , but I suppose at least your ground gets to stage internationals

    @CricketingStargazer on (September 7, 2013, 21:43 GMT) Would have been nice to have seen them try out another playerbut why would it be Carberry to make way? Do KP and Trott and Root have to play every game just because they're in the squad? Surely they have to play Carberry after denying Hants his dervices in yesterday's crucial semi

  • David on September 8, 2013, 8:03 GMT

    I was at Malahide and, apart from Carberry freezing under two dolly catches, the lowlight was Stokes's dreadful ground fielding.

    We could do without having those two in the same side again.

  • Dummy4 on September 8, 2013, 1:26 GMT

    SO the poms have stolen another Irish player in Boyd Rankin?

    How are Ireland expected to flourish as a team and become competitive when England just take their best performing players all the time? (Joyce, Morgan, Rankin). The sooner Ireland can become a Test playing nation the better it will be.

  • Dummy4 on September 7, 2013, 23:31 GMT

    Ravi Bopara is a good 50-over batsman. He is not a Test player. His record against quality opposition proves that. His technique is strictly for the shorter format.

  • Mark on September 7, 2013, 21:43 GMT

    I would much rather see Chris Jordan play. Tough on Carberry who would have to make way for him, but 10 overs of Bopara and Root to Shane Watson or Aaron Finch could give them unstoppable momentum.

  • j on September 7, 2013, 21:41 GMT

    I think Vaughn had a point when he said that now the Ashes are so comprehensively won, and so many players rested, people just aren't paying much attention to this series. I'm looking forward to seeing how Stokes and KP get on.

  • Robert on September 7, 2013, 21:39 GMT

    Hate to be a skeleton at the feast, but the game against Ireland was a poorly orchestrated joke; the players who did well there were - as they knew - playing against an, at best, third-rate outfit (partly because any player Ireland has who seems to have some potential is immediately nicked by Big Brother). Morgan is not, never was and never will be a Test batsman; Bopara is stylish but inert when the chips are down. Not one of these pretend possibles is even a blip on the England radar screen. These games are designed to give key players a lay-off for a few weeks, and that's all.

  • Jackie on September 7, 2013, 17:41 GMT

    Other promising batsmen must be ahead of Bopara in Tests. He has a poor record, averaging 31. He's never looked like a Test batsman against good opposition. As for ODIs he's still hit and miss after a long career. T20 seems his best format. But runs against Ireland might not help him if Australia bowl well. Morgan also got runs against Ireland and he's had a terrible lack of them in ODI cricket for a while. He played well in the IPL which might explain the Cricinfo interest in him. Both players have lost the aura they once had. Perhaps leading an inexperienced group of England debutants might help them recover their form and lead England to victory. The guess is that a lot of the work will fall on Trott's shoulders. I would love to see Morgan back to his best. Until that happens I think we should be less forthcoming with the hype.

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