Strong England to steamroll soul-searching Australia in One Day Series

Hosts will be too strong for rebuilding visitors
England were too good for Australia in the ODI series down under in January. (Mark Nolan/Getty Images)

England vs Australia ODI Series Preview & Tips


The old enemies will be at it again as England and Australia ring the start of a busy summer with a five-match ODI series. Australia have tarnished their reputation and face an uphill battle without two of their best players.

England


England last played in their ODI colours with a hard-fought 3-2 win in February against New Zealand. It was a series that put some tough questions to Eoin Morgan’s side who showed their quality and answered when it mattered.

England remain largely unchanged from the side that won 4-1 down under earlier this year. Ben Stokes’ comeback after missing the Australian trip due to disciplinary reasons has been put on an injury hold alongside Chris Woakes.

England still ooze a lot of confidence with an aggression that runs from top to bottom. Any side that has Alex Hales, Jonny Bairstow, Morgan, Jos Buttler, and Moeen Ali should be confident of posting huge totals. 

Add the calm head of Joe Root to this unit and you know why England have been regularly posting 300+ totals since the 2015 World Cup (27 of 63 ODIs).

There is a worry that in the absence of Woakes their bowling could be found out. Mark Wood, Liam Plunkett, and David Willey would like to differ, but if Woakes stays out of the entire series England could be pressed. Having an attacking leg-spinner in Adil Rashid will go a long way in buffering their attack.  

X-Factor: Aggressive batting unit
Banana peel: Chris Woakes’ absence

England's Jonny Bairstow celebrates 100 runs during the fifth ODI against New Zealand on March 10, 2018. (MARTY MELVILLE/AFP/Getty Images)

Australia


New Australian coach Justin Langer and captain Tim Paine have been shouldering the responsibility of welcoming a new dawn and a new template to revive their lost aura in the minds of the general public.

It won’t be easy, not least because of the abuse they are expected to cop from the English crowd. Even with David Warner and Steve Smith in the side, Australia were miles away from competing with the new-age England side that rolled them over quite easily in the last series.

The side now bears a completely different look with Aaron Finch and Shaun Marsh leading a rookie batting unit highlighted by the presence of exciting hitters D’Arcy Short and Alex Carey. Glenn Maxwell gets another shot at redeeming his flagging career while Marcus Stoinis remains their surprise factor.

Their bowling unit has had a complete makeover with Kane Richardson and Andrew Tye shoring up a greenhorn attack completed by the express pace of Billy Stanlake and Jhye Richardson. 

Nathan Lyon can make the spinner’s slot his own ahead of the 2019 World Cup, but overall Australia look thin with their bowling resources.

As was evident in their first warm-up game against Sussex, Australia have a long way to go before getting to a stage where they can trouble England in the series.

X-Factor: Marcus Stoinis
Banana peel: Inexperienced bowling attack

New Australia Coach Justin Langer has a big rebuilding job on his hands. (Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

Match Up


Australia have a historical edge against England, having won 3 of the last 4 ODI series. The last series down under saw England romping past Australia 4-1. Such is their dominance that Australia were left wondering if they need to follow the same blueprint.

The last two series in England were won by Australia – 3-2 in 2015 and 2-1 in 2013. But this England side has shown in the past three years that they are not bogged down by historical baggage. They have abundant ODI quality to steam past Australia once again.

Key Statistics


  • England have won 9 of their last 10 ODI series, losing only to India.
  • England have won their last 5 home ODI series.
  • England have won 7 of their last 10 ODIs against Australia.
  • Australia have lost 4 of their last 5 bilateral ODI series away from home.
  • Australia have lost their last 3 bilateral ODI series.
  • The last team to defeat England in an ODI series in England was Australia in 2015.

Verdict


England have the edge over Australia despite the potential loss of key all-rounders Ben Stokes and Chris Woakes. The Poms should have enough depth to cover up for their absence.

Australia are a team in transition and will be hard-pressed to keep the sauntering English batting under check with their inexperienced bowling. England should be comfortable winners in a format that they have bossed in the last three years.

Win Bet: England Win Series @ 1.33
Best Bet: England to Win 4-1 @ 3.50
Freetips staff 11 June 2018

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