Just two days after their opening 50-over clash, big rivals Australia and England go head-to-head in their second ODI clash.
This series has come at an inopportune moment for Jos Buttler’s men, some of which were part of the T20 World Cup winning squad.
England go into the second match 1-0 down, after Australia’s six-wicket victory in Adelaide, with tiredness likely to be setting in amongst some of the traveling party.
|What||Australia vs England , 2nd ODI|
|Where||Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney|
|When||03:20 Saturday BST, 19th November 2022|
|How to watch||BT Sport 1|
|Odds||Australia 8/15, England|
Only three of the T20 winning party featured in Adelaide, captain Buttler joined in the XI by Chris Jordan and Phil Salt, with others expected to return for the second match.
The tourists have been in Australia since early October and Saturday will be their 12th limited-overs match during that period, with the fatigue starting to show.
An impressive century -134 from 128 balls - from Dawid Malan gave England a platform to work from on Thursday, but they could only get to 287-9 with no other player making over 35 runs.
Australia cruised to 147 without loss and although they lost a couple of wickets towards the end of their innings, they claimed victory with three overs to spare. Having sat out the first game, the likes of Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, Chris Woakes and Adil Rashid could return to the fray at the SCG.
A concern though will be the form of some of England’s batters, particularly opener Jason Roy – who made just six at Adelaide. The 32-year-old has scored 127 runs in his last six ODI innings – an average of 21.16 – while Sam Billings, who batted at four on Thursday, has also struggled for runs recently.
Moeen looks like to replace Billings in Sydney, whilst England are also expected to shake up the bowling attack as they try to stay alive in the three-match series.
Lancashire’s Luke Wood was a surprise inclusion but his figures of 0-59 in 10 overs highlighted England’s struggles and the more-experienced Woakes could replace him in the line-up.
Spinner Matt Dawson may also be asked to sit out Saturday’s clash, after he ended the first ODI with figures of 1-65 in 10 overs.
Fresh from their shock group-stage exit at the World T20 on home soil, Australia are now looking towards the longer formats of the game.
Even though this is a 50-over series, the Aussies will see this as an opportunity to send out a message to their rivals ahead of next summer’s Ashes series in England.
A couple of batters likely to feature in the Ashes certainly showed their intent in Adelaide, with both David Warner and Steve Smith scoring big on Thursday.
Opener Warner made 86 from 84 balls in a 147-run partnership with Travis Head, while Smith looked in good nick as he smashed an unbeaten 80.
Despite resting Josh Hazlewood, Australia’s bowling attack looked strong with Pat Cummins the pick of the pacemen.
The ODI captain took 3-62 in his 10 overs and after revealing his plans to skip the IPL this year, looks focussed on playing a key role for the country.
Adam Zampa again cemented his place as Australia’s top limited-overs spin bowler with another three wickets – including the key scalps of Buttler and Malan.
The head-to-head stats certainly favour Australia, who have won four of the last six 50-over encounters against England.
The recent Sydney stats also make good reading for Australia fans, who have won six of their last seven ODI games at the SCG.
England though were the winners of their last ODI meeting in New South Wales, claiming a 16-run victory in January 2018. The tourists smashed 302 off their 50-overs, with Buttler firing an unbeaten 100 off 83 balls – the England skipper is to be his team’s top batsman on Saturday.
It’s also worth noting that Rashid and Woakes made an impact with the ball that day as well, with both taking two wickets apiece. It is likely to be a high scoring affair going off the last ODI at the Sydney ground, with Australia scoring 389-4 against India in 2020. India also scored 300+ (338) but fell 51 runs short. S