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19-Jun-2018 05:49:00 GMT
Eng vs Aus - 3rd ODI, Nottingham

Australia look to avoid another series defeat

Nottingham: Already 2-0 down, Australia will have to do all the running come the third one-day international at Trent Bridge in Nottingham if they have to stay alive in the five-match series.

Australia have fought hard in first two ODIs, but their bowlers and batsmen haven’t fired together.

In the first game, they were bowled out for 214 but they fought hard to pick up seven wickets before the home side crossed the line. In the second, the bowlers conceded lots of runs as England piled 342/8. This time, Shaun Marsh led a strong chase but Australia stopped at 304.

As a gauge of how England have dominated Australia in the format, the loss in the second ODI was their seventh win in the last eight ODIs. Their last ODI series win came in January 2017 when they got the better of Pakistan at home. Australia have since lost series against New Zealand (away), India (away) and England (home).

Aaron Finch's move down to No.5 in the second ODI in a bid to strengthen the middle-order failed with the vice-captain bagging a four-ball duck. Marcus Stoinis, who has batted at No.4, has looked out of sorts, as has Paine, the captain.

Glenn Maxwell and Ashton Agar have both looked solid in the two outings but coming at No.6 and No.7 respectively hasn't always given them a chance to make a big difference.

England, on the other hand, seem to have most bases covered. They faltered at times in the chase in the first game, but eventually got home with enough to spare as Joe Root and Eoin Morgan hit half-centuries and David Willey chipped in with a 41-ball 35*.

Jason Roy was spectacular in the second game as he hit a 108-ball 120 and so was Jos Buttler, who led the side in Morgan’s absence and provided the finishing touches to the innings with a stroke-filled 70-ball 91*.

The bowlers have pitched in the right areas, and have managed to pick up wickets at crucial junctures. Even when Marsh was going hammer and tongs in the last game, they ensured there were no steady partnerships.

Teams from

Eoin Morgan (c), Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Jake Ball, Sam Billings, Jos Buttler (wk), Tom Curran, Alex Hales, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, David Willey, Mark Wood, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes

Australia: Tim Paine (c, wk), Aaron Finch, Ashton Agar, Alex Carey, Travis Head, Nathan Lyon, Glenn Maxwell, Shaun Marsh, Michael Neser, Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson, D’Arcy Short, Billy Stanlake, Marcus Stoinis, Andrew Tye

Pitch and conditions
The pitch is likely to be another Trent Bridge belter, and the weather - while not set to be blazing - looks set to be dry.

Stats and trivia

  • After missing the Cardiff match, Morgan still needs 41 runs to overtake Ian Bell as England's leading run-scorer in ODIs.
  • Australia have won just twice in 15 ODIs since the Champions Trophy in 2017 - a win-loss ratio that is the worst for any ODI team in the past 12 months.

Match facts
Tuesday June 19, 2018
Start time 14:00 local (13:00 GMT)

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