Sandwiching the Test series against Pakistan and India this Summer, England host Australia in a five match ODI series, a warm up for the ICC 2019 World Cup in England next summer
Matches are as follows
Jun 13, 1st ODI Oval
Jun 16, 2nd ODI Cardiff
Jun 19, 3rd ODI Trent Bridge
Jun 21, 4TH ODI Chester-le-Street
Jun 24 5th ODI Old Trafford
The England squad reinforces the stellar performances of the one-day side, which has risen to No. 1 in the world, in stark contrast to the dismal fortunes of the Test team of late. With a year to go until the World Cup, the majority of the 14 players named for the Australia are nailed on for the tournament, the final squad for the event will be 15 names.
Liam Plunkett, who has become a key part of England’s bowling plans in the middle overs, missed the one-day series in New Zealand after a recurrence of the hamstring injury he sustained in Australia. His absence was notable as, though England secured an impressive 3-2 series win against New Zealand, the quick bowlers struggled to make an impact in the middle chunk of the innings. They took three wickets at 117.33 and conceded 5.96 per over between overs 11 and 40.
Tom Curran was the beneficiary of Plunkett’s injury and has been retained the squad for the Australia. Ben Stokes missed the first part of the series with his hamstring tear.
One of the selection conundrums in deciding the final XI will be the opening combination. Bairstow has cemented his spot at the top of the order having made 761 in 15 innings since taking the role against West Indies last year. That has included four centuries including back-to-back tons against New Zealand in March.
For the majority of that time his opening partner has been Jason Roy but since making his England-record 180 against Australia in Melbourne Roy hasn’t passed fifty. Alex Hales returned to the opening role when Roy was injured for the deciding ODI against New Zealand in Christchurch and hit 61 in an opening stand of 155 in 20 overs. In the final outcome, Hales’ weaker fielding may count against him
Australia will be without all three of their frontline seam bowlers for the one-day internationals. Josh Hazlewood pulled out of the trip joining Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins on the sidelines. Hazlewood is suffering from a bone stress injury in his lower back. His place in the squad will be taken by Michael Neser, the 28-year-old Queensland seamer who is yet to make his international debut.
Mitchell Marsh is also absent through injury, while Steve Smith and David Warner are banned as a result of the ball-tampering incident in South Africa in March. Overall therefore this is a much weakened Australia side from that which England faced last winter, and in very different conditions, minus six first choice players including the two best batsmen and three best bowlers. It would be a big surprise if they won the series
William Hill have England 1/3 for the series, Australia 23/10. A correct score of England 4-1 at 9/4 appeals as a suitable value alternative to taking such a short price on Engand.