England vs Australia and Ireland 2012 has started on Saturday, June 23, 2012 in England as per cricket schedule announced. The first match was between England vs Ireland the match abandoned. Now the second odi is between Australia vs England at Lords, London.
Australia is going to have an impressive English side at Lord’s on Friday, 29th June to commence a short 5-match ODI series which is seen as preparation for the upcoming Ashes. The Englishmen come into this game fresh from their recent exploits against the West Indians while the Aussies have not played this format of the game at the highest level for some time now. Both sides will come out all guns blazing looking to win this game and gain some brownie points before the real action gets underway later this year.
The English openers Alastair Cook and Ian Bell have been fantastic in recent games and have ensured their side has gotten off to hassle free starts. Cook was long dubbed as a slow scorer but he has been in prime form and has been scoring runs at a brisk rate to slam his critics. One drop Jonathan Trott has been a run machine and the England innings is built around his patient knocks. Ravi Bopara, Eoin Morgan and Craig Kieswetter can all play the big shots and up the ante towards the latter stages of the innings. Tim Bresnan, Stuart Broad and Graeme Swann are all capable of batting and they complete the long English batting lineup.
avid Warner and Shane Watson form a destructive opening pair and both of them have one thing in mind, demolishing bowling attacks. George Bailey was brilliant on the previous tour against the West Indies and he would like to continue the good work here. Michael Clarke and David Hussey are seasoned campaigners and they can change their game according to the needs of the situation while Mathew Wade wields his bat lower down the order. The absence of Mr. Cricket Mike Hussey leaves a big void in the middle order but how Steven Smith steps up to this challenge of finishing the innings will be interesting to watch.
Australia has produced some quality pacers over the years and the current speedsters are as fearsome as they come. Brett Lee is coming towards the end of his career but his recent fiery first over in the washed out game against Ireland is a testimony to the force that he is. Mitchell Johnson and Ben Hilfenhaus have been in the side for some time now and along with Lee, they will look to guide the likes of Pat Cummins, James Pattinson and Clint McKay. Left arm spinner Xavier Doherty can be assisted by Smith or skipper Clarke in the spin department to get through some quick overs. It will be interesting to see how the selectors rotate the pacers in this series.
Players to watch
Brett Lee: Fast, furious and ferocious. Brett Lee is a lethal and deadly bowler and with his fast bouncers, he could ruin the batting.
James Anderson: The swing maestro James Anderson could be very economical and his ability to swing the ball both sides will be very handy.
Ian Bell: is enjoying his new role as an opener and is letting his bat do the talking. He has the ability to get his team off to a flier.
Shane Watson: He is a terrific striker of the cricket ball and is capable of converting his starts into big scores. His medium pace bowling is also a potential game changer.
England: A Cook (c), I Bell, J Trott, R Bopara, E Morgan, C Kieswetter (wk), T Bresnan, S Broad(c), G Swann, J Anderson, S Finn
Australia: D Warner, S Watson, G Bailey, M Clarke (c), D Hussey, D Wade (wk), S Smith / P Forrest, B Lee, M Johnson, J Pattinson / P Cummins / B Hilfenhaus / C McKay, X Doherty
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