England stunned everyone by scoring a T20 series win by 2-1 against the T20 World Champions Australia. The hosts will be fuming with confidence as they come to play the three-match ODI series against Australia. The first ODI is scheduled to take place on Wednesday at Gloucestershire Cricket Stadium.
After losing the first T20 in a three-match series, England made a brilliant comeback and dominated the visitors. Their T20 series win will be a major boost in the team’s morale for the upcoming ODI series.
Australia will be in shock after facing two consecutive defeats in the T20 format. However, they will be motivated to make a comeback and not allow the hosts to dominate the ODI series. The top bookmakers in India have odds for this tie.
Skipper Heather Knight will be happy to see the positivity in the team. However, England will be aware of the strengths of the visitors for the ODI series. Sophia Dunkley and Danielle Wyatt will be expected to give their team a solid start in the 1st ODI. Both batters were in good form in the T20 series. Alice Capsey and Sophie Ecclestone will be expected to handle the pressure of scoring quick runs in the middle order. Nat Sciver-Brunt and Lauren Bell will be the first choice for the bowling and they both should get some early breakthrough to keep the game in control.
Kate Cross is expected to make a comeback in the ODI series.
Predicted Lineup: Heather Knight (c), Sophia Dunkley, Danielle Wyatt, Alice Capsey, Sophie Ecclestone, Lauren Bell, Amy Jones (wk), Charlotte Dean, Nat Sciver-Brunt, Kate Cross, Sarah Glenn
It was a devastating end to the T20 series for skipper Alyssa Healy and her girls. The team has rarely witnessed a loss in the T20 format but two consecutive losses will affect the team morale for the ODI series. Beth Mooney and Alyssa Healy will be opening the game for Australia and they both looked in good form in the T20 matches. The biggest question for the team management will be the instability of the middle order. Except for Ellyse Perry, no other batter was successful to score runs in the middle order. Disciplined bowling is also expected from Darcie Brown and Megan Schutt. They both will be expected to keep the run rate of the opposition in control.
Australian team management won’t be doing major changes in the team as compared to the T20 series.
Predicted Lineup: Alyssa Healy (c & wk), Beth Mooney, Phobe Litchfield, Ellyse Perry, Grace Harris, Tahlia McGrath, Ashleigh Gardner, Annabel Sutherland, Jess Jonassen, Megan Schutt, Darcie Brown
England will be confident enough for the 1st ODI because they have defeated the visitors in the T20 series. However, the Australian squad is much stronger and their bowling attack is ferocious. We predict a win for Australia in the 1st ODI.