AUS vs ENG, 3rd ODI: Preview, Prediction, Cricket Exchange Fantasy Tips
Steve Smith is in sublime form [Source: AP]
On Tuesday, England will lock horns with hosts Australia in the final ODI of the three-match series in Melbourne. This match holds a little significance, as the Aussies have already clinched the series, winning the first two matches. However, England would like to seal a win and conclude the tour on a high note.
Australia have been clinical with bat and ball, outclassing their arch-rivals across departments in both matches. The openers, David Warner and Travis Head, have nullified England's new-ball threat, while the talisman Steve Smith has hammered two successive half-centuries. On the bowling front, Adam Zampa has bamboozled the Englishmen, scalping seven wickets at a tremendous average of 14.29.
On the other hand, England have been inconsistent, particularly with the bat. While the openers, Jason Roy and Phil Salt, have blown hot and cold, Moeen Ali has recorded two consecutive failures with the bat. However, Sam Billings, Dawid Malan and James Vince have shown some fight and would like to continue their good run in the series.
Venue: Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne
Date and Time: November 22, 8.50 AM IST
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Pitch Report: The surface at the MCG will have some assistance for the fast bowlers. But overall, it will be a decent batting wicket with a good pace and trustworthy bounce. The spinners won't get much help, and as the ground is huge, the batters will focus more on rotating the strike rather than hitting the ball in the air.
Australia: David Warner, Travis Head, Steve Smith, Marnus Labuschagne, Alex Carey (WK), Mitchell Marsh, Marcus Stoinis, Ashton Agar, Pat Cummins (C), Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood
England: Jason Roy, Phil Salt, Dawid Malan, James Vince, Sam Billings, Jos Buttler (C/WK), Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Chris Jordan, Adil Rashid, Luke Wood
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Wicket-Keeper: Sam Billings
Batters: Steve Smith, Travis Head, Dawid Malan, Mitchell Marsh, David Warner
All-Rounders: Marcus Stoinis
Bowlers: Adam Zampa, Adil Rashid, Chris Woakes, Pat Cummins
Captain: Steve Smith
Vice Captain: Adam Zampa
Australia will likely win this game, as they have momentum. So, the Englishmen will need a monumental effort to avoid the whitewash.
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