Australia are going to miss the services of senior players – Shane Watson and Brett Lee for the fifth and final ODI at Old Trafford in Manchester. The duo had sustained calf injuries during the Fourth ODI at Chester-le-Street. Australia have already lost the ODI Series 0-3.
England have gone onto capture the NatWest Series at Chester-le-Street 3-0 with one more match to come. Needing only 201 to win, England was lucky to get improved batting conditions as the overcast conditions disappeared and the sun came out to ease things for the batsmen.
The third One Day International between England and Australia at Edgbaston in Birmingham was abandoned without a single ball bowled. Heavy showers left the ground with puddles to leave a large crowd disappointed because of the zero cricket action.
Times have changed indeed. When was the last time England went 2-0 up in a five-match ODI series against Australia? Sunday’s easy win at The Oval game them that cushion, and now they can have faint hopes of claiming the top ODI spot, which would happen if they beat the Aussies 5-0, an extremely tough task, but not impossible for the current English squad, at least home conditions.
England have taken a 2-0 lead in the NatWest Series against Australia after defeating the hosts by 6 wickets in the Second ODI at The Oval in London on Sunday. Ravi Bopara and Ian Bell scored fifties as England chased down Australia’s target of 252 comfortably with 26 balls to spare.