London: One down, six to left. Australia took an early lead in the one-day series by holding off a spirited late charge form England's lower order to secure a four-run victory at The Oval. They almost let the match slip away in the closing overs,
21-year-old Adil Rashid bowls threatening, economical leg-spin, strikes the ball rather well down the order and is ready to avenge England's loss in the first ODI come Sunday's second one-dayer against the Aussies at Lord's.
Adil Rashid believes the confidence gained from his first outing against Australia will hold him in good stead for the remainder of the NatWest Series.
Yorkshire all-rounder Rashid kept the Australians tied down with his leg-spin before taking his team to within a boundary hit of beating the tourists at the Oval.
England: Luke Wright has been up and down England's one-day batting line-up like a yo-yo but he has returned in a middle-order role to give the side impetus and striking power late in the innings. England may return same squad.
Squad (likely): Ravi Bopara, Andrew Strauss (c), Matt Prior (wk), Owais Shah, Paul Collingwood , Luke Wright, Stuart Broad, Adil Rashid, Graeme Swann, James Anderson, Ryan Sidebottom.
Australia: Mitchell Johnson returns to the scene of his flop show in Ashes. There seems little reason for the Australians to change a winning side.
Squad (likely): Shane Watson, Tim Paine (wk), Cameron White, Michael Clarke (c), Callum Ferguson, Michael Hussey, James Hopes, Mitchell Johnson, Brett Lee, Nathan Hauritz, Nathan Bracken.
Pitch and conditions
The forecast remains good even though there is an autumnal chill in the air. Lord's can usually be relied upon to produce excellent one-day surfaces while the outfield is also rapid. The pitch had a tinge of green the day before the match, but expect it to be given another trim before the action begins.
Stats and trivia
England and Australia have played nine ODIs against each other at Lord's and the head-to-head currently stands at 4-4 with one tie, which was the Natwest Series final in 2005.
Sunday, September 6, 2009
Start time 10.15 (9.15 GMT)
|Captain||Andrew Strauss||Michael Clarke|
|Coach||Andy Flower||Tim Nielsen|
|Highest Total chased||England won by 6 wickets on May 24 1997
Target Chased: 269
|Australia won by 6 wickets on May 28 1989
Target Chased: 278
|Most Prolific Batsman||Graham Gooch (1395 Runs)||Allan Border (1302 Runs)|
|Highest Individual Score||Robin Smith (167 Runs)||Dean Jones (145 Runs)|
|Best Bowling Analysis||5/31 by Mike Hendrick
on Aug 19 1980
|7/20 by Andrew Bichel
on Mar 01 2003
|Most Prolific Bowler||Ian Botham (35 Wickets)||Glenn McGrath (53 Wickets)|
|Head to head||Total Played 94, Australia 53, England 37, Tied 2, No Result 2|
|Current Form||WWWWL||WWLWW (recent last)|