England v Australia, 4th NatWest ODI, Cardiff September 13, 2013

Australia keen to continue progress


Match facts

September 14, Cardiff
Start time 10.15 (0915 GMT)

Big Picture

This series has been reduced to a three-match contest following the abandonment at Edgbaston, so England now face, in Eoin Morgan's words, a "semi-final and a final" in the remaining two matches if they are to win this series.

Winning is the stated aim for England despite their experimental squad and, given the shortened nature of the series, winning is perhaps all they can expect to take from it because there is now little opportunity to have a look at the players they called up. Michael Carberry won't want to be judged on just three innings and Morgan said he will retain his place as opener for the rest of this series. Likewise, England would like Steven Finn to get some more game time to gauge where his bowling is ahead of the winter Ashes tour; Finn perhaps feels that he needs a solid performance to nail down a place as backup bowler in the Test squad.

Jamie Overton and Chris Jordan will now probably get one chance at best to announce their arrival in international cricket and none of the batsmen now need a rest so the opportunity for Luke Wright to return is slim.

What cricket there has been in this series, Australia have played by far the best of it and they will be eager to get back on the park again and continue their progress. They have been motivated, sharp in all departments and desperately keen to take something away from what has been a tough tour. The form of George Bailey at Old Trafford suggested Michael Clarke might find some support and Mitchell Johnson has been back to his terrifying best, suggesting he could become a fine bowler in all forms of the game again.

Form guide

England LWLWW (Completed matches, most recent first)
Australia WWLLW

Watch out for

Steven Finn can't make up his mind whether he's a high class international bowler or not. He has all the attributes to do so but there has been a sense of him being dragged from pillar to post by England and Middlesex. A change of run up and back again; in and out of the Test side; none of it can have helped Finn's confidence but if he can rediscover the form that tore through New Zealand in the ODI series back in February, we could be talking about Finn as England's next superstar again.

Aaron Finch showed what a blistering player he can be in the Twenty20 at the Ageas Bowl. He followed that up with a battering of Scotland and is primed to show he can produce regularly in ODIs. He endured a lean series against West Indies in February but is now clearly striking the ball at his best.

Team news

England are a pretty stubborn bunch when it comes to selection and just because they were rolled over once does not mean the make-up of their side needs to change, despite widespread opinion that they are a bowler light. It might take one more failure before they get the message, so expect an unchanged XI.

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

Australia are also likely to stick with the same side that handed down a thumping to England at Old Trafford.

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

Pitch and conditions

We have a decent forecast again so hopefully this match will be uninterrupted. But the pitch in Cardiff is unpredictable. During the Champions Trophy, a run-fest ensued between South Africa and India before the bowlers took charge when New Zealand played Sri Lanka. Scores in the Yorkshire Bank 40 have also been a mixed bag.

Stats and trivia

  • Australia have to go back to 2001 for their only win in an ODI at Cardiff; a seven-wicket triumph over Pakistan in the NatWest series
  • England have pitched up six times to Cardiff for an ODI but on only three occasions have they completed the match
  • Of those three matches, England have won them all, including beating Australia by four wickets in 2010
  • George Bailey is 30 runs short of 1000 in ODIs


"It's always nice to be around the environment, and if you do the right things you can put your name in the ring."
James Tredwell on his chances of a call up for England Ashes squad down under

"It's pretty catchy. I didn't like it when I first came over. I didn't expect it. Now, it doesn't bother me. It's all part of the game, I know what to expect over here now."
Mitchell Johnson now takes the ribbing from England fans in his stride

Alex Winter is an editorial assistant at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Martin on September 15, 2013, 8:27 GMT

    @R_U_4_REAL_NICK on (September 14, 2013, 10:44 GMT) not sure what you're drinking or how dark your glasses are - but last time we saw Johnson bowling in an Ashes match it was hilarious. As for Finn - he'll be on the plane anyway and don't bet against him getting a swag. Morgan will never play Test cricket for England again, whereas Compton might. This is a opportunity to have a look at a few fringe players and give risers like Root more of a look at fringe Aus bowling. That's all. Our top guns; Jimmy, Swann, Cookie, Bell, Broad, Prior are resting. I like your posts mate - but I have no concerns whatsoever about retaining the Ashes over here. I've got tickets and everything!!! Bring it on.....

  • Nicholas on September 14, 2013, 10:44 GMT

    @5wombats: aren't you guys losing sleep over the thought of Mitchell Johnson bowling in the upcoming Ashes? Don't you want to witness Steven Finn find that form to prove he is a superstar in the making? Is it not making your blood boil that one or two average performances by the likes of Morgan will have him back in contention for tests whilst the likes of Compton are tossed out like trash? Is it not worrying that Ashley Giles et al. cannot count to four and insist on playing only three bowlers in these games? Certain posters are saying that's the upcoming Ashes well and truly decided now based on this ODI series...

  • Dummy4 on September 14, 2013, 9:11 GMT

    A little harsh on Josh Hazlewood not getting another match! I really think he is going to be very good indeed and just want to see him getting cricket under his belt. I think the Finch/Marsh combo is frankly an ordinary one, though Finch has surprised me so far... well perhaps Warner/Finch can work out well. So anyway, it will be interesting to see how they go.

    @Dunger.Bob, i'm with you to some extent on Bailey, he needs to do more at FC level though, we can't just hand it to him. I wish Voges had another gear, he is solid, yes, but seems to lack the killer punch. With Clarke in the middle order as well I think we have one too many 'solid' batsmen, though Voges' bowling and fielding is a big bonus for him, not too shabby I guess but i'm just waiting for the 'Big Show' to find some consistency, I think he can be really good.

  • Dummy4 on September 14, 2013, 8:32 GMT

    Mitchell Johnson is on fire. It is really exciting to see a real fast bowler spitting venom.He should be a role model for younger Australian players who have unfortunately completely forgotten the trademark 'Aussie Aggression'.

  • Richard on September 14, 2013, 7:52 GMT

    @Int.Curator - I don't think anyone really regards ODIs as 'cricket' anyway in England. We won the big one, let the sub continent fans have their hit and and giggles game, we don't need it.

  • damien on September 14, 2013, 7:41 GMT

    Ever notice how whenever England are losing or looking like losing , the excuses come out , we are resting our best players or this series is irrelevant or other rubbish like that. That is the difference between good sides and great sides every match matters like the great windies side of the eighties and the all conquering aussie sides that won 8 consecutive ashes and 3 world cups. Truth is England has always been ordinary at limited overs cricket and have never won an ODI world cup despite hosting 4 out of the 10 cups so far. Lets face it even though to me test cricket will always be number 1 the fact is the younger generation are making the shorter forms more and more important. That is why England is desperately trying to find their best combination I mean KP, Bell, Jimmy, Trott and Prior are all the wrong side of thirty . In fact I wonder how their test side will look in 3 years? Keep picking Root and similar we will love that in years to come!

  • Shanmugam on September 14, 2013, 4:17 GMT

    @Cpt.Meanster, there are only 2 more games. So, if England don't win this one, the last game will be a dead rubber.

  • $$ milind on September 14, 2013, 2:19 GMT

    So we are in Wales, I believe these conditions might suit England a bit more. But the size of straight boundaries will help the likes of Watson, Pietersen also some big hitters like Buttler, Finch. But Carberry has to get some runs if he's to stay in England's ODI circuit.

  • Mark on September 14, 2013, 1:13 GMT

    England with all their selections and changes have just unveiled how limited their depth of quality players at international level they are.

    I'm not sure any of the England new selections have had the impact Finch, Faulkner and Bailey have had or bring the entertainment these guy muster.

    England appear to be in a shambles and as entertainment or cricket goes its not pretty to watch.