The second ODI between England and Australia will be played at Lord’s on Saturday after the visitors took a 1-0 lead after the first game. The England v Australia 2nd ODI betting tips & predictions can be found at the end of this piece.
Australia won this controversy-ridden match by 64 runs.
If it hadn’t been for the scintillating cricket that England have been playing during the current season – firstly against New Zealand in all three formats of the game, then against Australia in the Ashes Test series and then the one-off T20I – then their performance at the Ageas Bowl on Thursday night would have raised too many eye-brows, as it would have been considered to be the same old England in limited overs cricket.
Despite fieldimng a team that contained only five members of that which clinched the 50-over World Cup as recently as March, and despite being on the ropes for much of Thursday’s game, Australia emereged comfortable winners in the end, by a margin of 59-runs.
England’s bowlers had done well to fight back, after the tourists had reached `164-2 and looked like setting a match winning total.Led by leg-spinner, Adil Rashid, the Yorkshire leg-spinner, who has travelled round the country during the Ashes series without being given a game, who finished with 4-59, the Baggy Green Caps were reduced to 193-6.
However, without the experience James Anderson and Stuart Broad, Matthew Wade and Mitchell Marsh were able to put together an ultimately match winning partnership of 112.
England’s top three, Hales, Roy and Taylor, none of whom is assured a place in the team, combined to give the side a flying start, that saw them race to 112-1, and they have all surely done enough, like Rashid, to cement places for the rest of this series at least.
However, Ben Stokes at No.5 struggled throughout his 23 minutes at the crease, and was part of the reason that the innings lost its impetus.
On the other hand, wicketkeeper Jos Buttler continued to struggle to terms with the Australian bowling, spending more than 20 minutes in the middle for just four, and surely Jonny Bairstow deserves the chance, given his performance when given an opportunity against New Zealand.
It is to be hoped that England don’t go back into their shell when they face Australia at Lord’s on Saturday in the second match of the series. There were enough positives in Southampton to suggest that continue to move in the right direction as a team, and that the series is far from settled.
England v Australia 2nd ODI Betting Tips:
Australia to win: 4/7
Hales to be England’s top batsman: 4/1
Match starts at 10.30 am local time (0930 hours GMT) on September 5.