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END OF 15 OVERS – Hales and Roy have ensured that England haven’t lost momentum after the wicket. They’ve quickly stitched a 30-run stand to keep the run rate at six.
England 90 for 1
England's move to bring JOnny Bairstow up the order makes sense, given his excellent record batting with Jason Roy. The average Bairstow-Roy partnership is worth 47.33 runs, whilst the average Hales-Roy partnership yields just 34.34 runs. #ENGvAUS
— The Cricket Prof. (@CricProf) June 16, 2018
WICKET: Timely wicket for Australia. England were cautious early on and had picked up the pace in the last few overs. Bairstow was troubling Paine and Co. but edges one behind to fall for 42 off 24. He misses out on an opportunity to score four consecutive centuries. The visitors desperately needed this. Alex Hales walks out to bat.
England 63 for 1 in nine overs.
This is the first time in the 141 years England have been playing Australia that both teams have been captained by their wicket-keepers
— Benedict Bermange (@Benedict_B) June 16, 2018
ENCOURAGING START: Looks like a good batting track and the Australian opening bowlers have been just a tad bit short. Overcast conditions at the moment and they haven’t tried to swing the ball yet. Not much trouble at the moment for the England openers.
England 16 for no loss after three.
Alright then, Bairstow and Roy are out there. Richardson to start with the ball.
TOSS – Australia opt to field
Australia: Travis Head, D’Arcy Short, Shaun Marsh, Aaron Finch, Glenn Maxwell, Tim Paine(w/c), Marcus Stoinis, Ashton Agar, Jhye Richardson, Andrew Tye, Kane Richardson
England: Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Alex Hales, Joe Root, Sam Billings, Jos Buttler(w/c), Moeen Ali, David Willey, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood
Buttler to captain England today because Morgan has a back spasm. Billings comes in.
— Lawrence Booth (@the_topspin) June 16, 2018
— Rob Johnston (@RobJ_Cricket) June 16, 2018
DRIZZLE MAKES AN ENTRY – The toss has been pushed to 1040am local time because of a drizzle. The officials are still hoping to start on time.
A big congrats to D'Arcy Short who will make his ODI debut for Australia today! @gilly381 with the cap presentation #ENGvAUS pic.twitter.com/YqunWLbIYN
— cricket.com.au (@CricketAus) June 16, 2018
Presumably, in the club cricket tradition, Australia win the toss & bat first in today's #EngvAus ODI (11am start) to ensure as many of them as possible can watch #Aus in the #WorldCup (11am kick-off).
— Vithushan Ehantharajah (@Vitu_E) June 16, 2018
Pitch still under covers in Cardiff just in case these cloudy skies drop some rain. Forecast is improving though! #ENGvAUS pic.twitter.com/8VzqcN6ICx
— cricket.com.au (@CricketAus) June 16, 2018
TEAM NEWS – Australia are also sweating on the fitness of Billy Stanlake. A laceration on his big toe has put the Australian pacer in doubt for the second game.
Hello and welcome to the live blog of the second ODI between England and Australia. England lead the series 1-0 after an easy win in the first match but return to Cardiff where they don’t have happy memories. Just over a year ago, they were thrashed by Pakistan and dumped out of the Champions Trophy 2017.
It’s unlikely the loss will haunt the hosts but they certainly will be hoping for a 2-0 at the end of the day. Australia were not much better themselves in the capital – in truth it was a poor game – although their bowlers, with the rapid Billy Stanlake impressing, at least put up a fight after the batsmen had let them down badly on a pitch that, while not a typical Oval belter, was still worth far more than the 214 Australia could muster. The batting, shorn of the banned Steve Smith and David Warner, is still the concern although they may look to move Glenn Maxwell up the order in Cardiff after he scored 62 from number six at the Oval.
Whatever they do, they are likely to face another trial by spin. Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid took five for 79 from 20 overs between them in the first game and in the past two years, England’s spinners have their best average and strike rate against Australia. Morgan admits his team have specifically targeted Australia’s weakness in that area and if the Cardiff pitch is low and slow, as it was in the Champions Trophy semi-final last year, Moeen, Rashid could have another field day.
The defeat at the Oval continued a horror run of form for Australia in the ODI format. They have now lost six of their last seven ODIs against England and won just two of their last 13 completed matches in all since the start of last year. With players to return from injury and suspension, many of the current squad may not return in a year’s time for the World Cup but Australia need those players currently in England to help stop the rot. Outgunned as they are, however, that will be no easy task.
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