Following the 4-0 loss in the five Test Ashes Series, England’s tour of Australia continues with a five match ODI series as follows
January 14th Melbourne
January 19th Brisbane
January 21st Sydney
January 26th Adelaide
January 28th Perth
The two teams are very closely matched in the ICC World ODI rankings Australia 3rd and England 4th.
England have improved dramatically in the format since the 2015 World Cup debacle, playing more aggressively with a talented young team and results have picked up tremendously and this promises to be a close series.
Ben Stokes and Alex Hales were named in England’s one-day squad for the series but Stokes was subsequently replaced. Stokes has not played since being arrested following an incident outside a Bristol nightclub in September.
Only Test skipper Joe Root (sixth) is ranked higher than Hales (18th) in the one-day game, but the Notts opener is not guaranteed to play even if he is cleared by the ECB.
Eoin Morgan’s side ended the summer with Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow as their opening pairing, with the latter scoring an unbeaten 141 in his last ODI.
“The two openers we had did very well,” said Bayliss. “We could bring him [Hales] in and drop one of those guys and someone else will be upset.
As it is members of the Test side are supplemented by the likes of Morgan, Buttler, Willey, Roy, Plunkett, Rashid and Billings, four of whom are currently playing in the Big Bash
Australia dropped Glenn Maxwell for the series. Maxwell’s omission was the major change to the limited-overs team with his place taken by the Twenty20 hitter Chris Lynn despite the fact that the Queenslander no longer plays state cricket and struggles in the field due to a chronic shoulder problem.
Australia have a strong side. As well as Smith and Warner at the topof the order there is lots of power-hitting in the middle with Chris Lynn, Mitch Marsh, and MarcusStoinis.
Chairman of selectors Trevor Hohns delivered the stern message that time was running out for Australia to settle their team ahead of the 2019 World Cup, which is due to be played in England “With our defence of the ICC Cricket World Cup just 17 months away, we are seeking to get a squad in place that can form the basis of the line-up for that campaign and at the same time regain ground in the ODI rankings, given we have slipped from the number one position over the past 12 months,” he said.
Tim Paine was rewarded for his strong showing in the Ashes series by replacing Matthew Wade as ODI wicketkeeper as well. Paine last played an ODI for Australia in April 2011 in Bangladesh
Mirroring the selection of Lynn based on his T20 record, the selectors also elected to elevate the West Australian pair of Jhye Richardson and Andrew Tye (14 wickets in the current big bash) following their strong and consistent displays for the Perth Scorchers in the Big Bash League. Richardson is a bowler of particular interest for the selectors given his capacity for high pace. Both will provide support for Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins
The selectors were unable to consider either Nathan Coulter-Nile or Jason Behrendorff as both continue to struggle with back problems
Australia are 2/5 to win the series with William Hill, England 11/4.My idea of a correct score is Australia 4-1at 11/4.