Neither at the Oval, Cardiff or Trent Bridge has Australia’s batting been good enough to counter England’s varied attack. Trent Bridge was Australia’s heaviest ever defeat in ODIs and they now have their worst ODI ranking since 1984. They have lost 13 of their last 15 ODIs.
Having lost this one day series though they becoming ever better equipped to win the war which will be the Ashes series next summer. Not always does the better pace attack win the Ashes in England as is invariably the case in Australia. Still, England will find it alarming that the Australians keep churning out pace bowlers quicker than the fastest of their own.
Having unveiled Billy Stanlake in the first international, he was replaced owing to a injury by another fine prospect in Jhye Richardson, who touched 90 mph and is only 21. This is a proper bowler to be added to the Australian arsenal of Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins and Stanlake.
So Australia’s pace bowling, if raw, is still sharp: it is their batting which smacks of an “A” team. This is not solely due to the bans on David Warner and Steve Smith. Australia have lost 13 and won two of their last 15 internationals spread over the last two calendar years, suggesting their ODI batting has been more affected than their Test batting by the growth of T20.
Since the last World Cup Australia average 26.17 against wrist-spin in ODIs. They lose a wicket every 30 balls – that’s only the 10th best in the world.
England’s spinners have now taken 16 wickets in this series, the most for England in a home ODI series since 1999. Ali has taken 8-118 at a strike rate of 19, Rashid 9-153 at a strike rate of 19
With the series one we can expect some team changes but odds reflect how one sided this series has been. England are 8/15 for Durham, Australia out to 2/1. That looks fair but Australia the value bet based on the likelihood of a consolation victory if they can get the better of conditions