Interesting times in the old Australia-English cricketing rivalry indeed. As the new T20 World Champs resume their 2022 tour Down Under, they’ve stamped their superiority in T20s but will the dominance continue in the upcoming ODIs as well?
England toured Australia in October 2022 to play three T20Is as a preparatory series before the 2022 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup and are scheduled to play three ODIs from 17th November 2022.
England won the T20 series with an 8-run win in the first T20I in Perth and sealed the series with another 8-run victory in the second T20I, with Dawid Malan’s 82 runs from 49 balls helping them recover from a poor start in Canberra. The final T20I was eventually abandoned due to rain after England’s innings had been reduced to 12 overs and Australia lost three early wickets in their run chase.
However, this is the first time the two teams will meet each other in the ODI format for over two years, after Australia beat England 2-1 in 2020.
England are on a poor run of results in ODI cricket, having failed to win either of their recent home series against India or South Africa in their home summer. They did record a world-record ODI total against the Netherlands however, scoring 498-4 with Phil Salt, Dawid Malan and Jos Buttler all scoring hundreds.
On the other hand, Australia’s last ODI outing was a thumping 3-0 series win over New Zealand in September. En route the rout, they bowled their rivals out for just 82 in the second match of the series.
It is a notable occasion for both captains, Pat Cummins takes over the ODI captaincy from Aaron Finch after his retirement, and Jos Buttler will captain his side overseas for the first time in the format.
The news isn’t too good for the Aussies though. Glenn Maxwell is set to be sidelined for a substantial amount of time after he fractured his leg in the backyard during a birthday party. Maxwell slipped and fractured his left fibula and underwent surgery on Sunday (November 13).
The 34-year-old has been ruled out of the series and there are fears that he might miss the rest of the summer.
There are quite a few comebacks in this series – Travis Head makes a return to the Australian ODI squad while England have recalled James Vince and Sam Billings. Jason Roy has been included in the English squad as well after he was dropped from their T20 squad following his loss of form.
Australian selectors have opted to pick a full-strength team for the upcoming ODIs against England and the two-match Test series against West Indies at home.
Their three first-choice quicks – Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood have been picked to play both series following their early exit from the T20 World Cup.
England will miss a few star names from their squad, opting to rest their multi-format players ahead of their Test tour to Pakistan which kicks off in early December. Ben Stokes, Joe Root and Mark Wood are some of the notable names missing. Jonny Bairstow meanwhile is still recovering from his freak golfing injury where he badly broke his leg during the English summer.
Nov 17, Thu – 1st ODI, Adelaide Oval, Adelaide
Nov 19, Sat – 2nd ODI, Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney
Nov 22, Tue – 3rd ODI, Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne
Pat Cummins (capt), Ashton Agar, Alex Carey, Cameron Green, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Marnus Labuschagne, Mitchell Marsh, Sean Abbott, Steven Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, David Warner, Adam Zampa
Jos Buttler (capt), Moeen Ali, Sam Billings, Sam Curran, Liam Dawson, Chris Jordan, Dawid Malan, Adil Rashid, Jason Roy, Phil Salt, Olly Stone, James Vince, David Willey, Chris Woakes, Luke Wood
Closer to the games, we will be announcing our Fantasy Picks. Stay tuned!