As the Ashes got over now it is the time for the limited over series. It will be a different series altogether as the English side is comprised of only limited over players, who are in superb form. England , who suffered a 4-0 defeat has, sent a strong limited over side for the One-Day-International (ODI) and Twenty-International (T20I). Only two players who have stayed back in Australia are Moeen Ali and Joe Root, who are a regular limited overs cricketer. Under the captaincy of Eion Morgan England will launch their campaign in the five-match ODI series. It will be a tough test but but it will not be impossible task for the English.
On the other hand, Steve Smith led Australia will be brimmed with confidence since they regain the urn by winning the Ashes by 4-0 margin. The ODI series will offer the English an opportunity to take a revenge of their humiliating defeat in the Test series.
On paper, the English are far better limited over side than the Aussies. However, under familiar conditions, Australia will not give English an inch of opportunity to the English to come hard on them.
Morgan led England team has hard-hitting opening pair in Alex Hales and Jason Roy, who are capable of rattling Australia’s frontline pace attack. In the middle order presence of captain Morgan, Joe Root, who will be hungry to prove himself, and wicket-keeper Jos Buttler will add a strength to the English batting depertment. However, Ben Stokes’ withdrawal from the series is not a good sign for England.
However, England will be less concerned than the Aussies as the latter’s most of the players were busy in playing Test cricket.
Since England lost the Ashes, they will come hard on Australia to thump their authority. On the other hand, England will not let the opportunity go to keep their domination in ODI cricket intact before the 2019 World Cup at home conditions.
Meanwhile, Australia will miss the service of Mitchell Starc which could be hosts’ biggest weak point as England batsmen are strong enough to outwit the Aussies fast bowlers. On the other hand, England has a very strong pace attack who has the ability to pierce through Australian batting attack. The likes of Liam Plunkett, Mark Wood, Chris Woakes and spinner Moeen Ali have proved themselves on several occasions. Hence, at Australian conditions, they could be handy and can put Australian batsmen under the hammer.