The World Champions England were one down coming into the second ODI and thanks to the brilliance of star all-rounder Jofra Archer, the hosts were able to defend a below-par score. Both the teams are well balanced and have some great in-form players. England though will be looking to steady their opening pair as they have not managed to get going in the last few games. The same remains the tale for the Aussies with the top-order with the likes of David Warner and Aaron Finch having struggled against the brilliance of Jofra Archer.
Australia though will now feel better with the return of Star batsman Steven Smith to the side, which will steady the middle-order and also remove some pressure of the top-order.
With the hosts bouncing back to defeat the visitors Australia in the second ODI. The series is now well poised at 1-1 taking us to a much-anticipated tie-breaker between the two heavyweights of the sport.
Match Toss Time: 17:00 IST (12:30 Local)
Match Start Time: 17:30 IST (13:00 Local)
Match Venue: Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester
Weather Report: As per the forecast, clouds are said to be hovering over the stadium throughout with a mild chance of showers but nothing threatening to suspend the game. The overcast conditions could well prove an advantage for the bowlers once again.
Pitch: The pitch has been overloaded in the last few months with various back to back games and for this reason, this encounter is said to be played in a fresh pitch which would certainly aid the home team as the conditions would suit them better.
Team News: England is set to play with the winning combination. With Steven Smith making it back for Australia, Marcus Stonis is likely to be left out.
Probable Playing Xl
England - Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan, Jos Buttler, Sam Billings, Sam Curran, Chris Woakes, Jofra Archer, Mark Wood, Adil Rashid.
Australia - Aaron Finch, David Warner, Steve Smith, Marnus Labuschagne, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Alex Carey, Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, Adam Zampa.
England vs Australia Fantasy Team
Jonny Bairstow(C), Joe Root(Vice-captain), Aaron Finch, Jos Butler, Steve Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Sam Billings, Jofra Archer, Adil Rashid, Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Starc.
Two Captain picks: Jonny Bairstow, Steve Smith
Two Vice-Captain picks: Joe Root, Jofra Archer
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