1st ODI Recap
Eoin Morgan won the toss and elected to field first. Steve Smith missed out for the match for precautionary reasons after being hit on the head on the previous day during practice.
Jofra Archer was on the money straight away and the bowlers extracted some swing and seam with the new ball. Both openers found it difficult to get away as Warner was dismissed early with a beauty from Archer. Marcus Stoinis came in at 3 and once again looked in great touch timing the ball very well. The pace of Archer and Wood definitely played on Finch’s mind as he hung back on the back foot and nicked a full ball to the keeper of Mark Wood’s bowling. There was a little partnership between Stoinis and Labuschagne but Australia soon lost both batsman along with Alex Carey, leaving Australia struggling at 123/5 in the 24th over. England were all over Australia at this stage and looked like bowling out Australia cheaply.
Mitch Marsh who had played only 1 T20 since the pandemic break was joined by Glenn Maxwell who did have a great T20 series. But batsman batted very sensibly as they saw out the tough period without taking too many risks. Marsh took a much more conservative approach whereas Maxwell was still looking to keep the scoreboard ticking. They maintained a steady pace and after the 35th over, Maxwell looked to accelerate targeting Adil Rashid who was bowling with the shorter boundary on his leg side. Maxwell decided to go all out in the 44th over smashing two sixes off Archer’s bowling but got out on the next ball, Once Maxwell was dismissed, Marsh found it difficult to accelerate and England came back in the last 5 overs restricting Australia to 294.
Australia started off brilliantly with the ball, particularly Josh Hazlewood who bowled Test match length and was hard to get away. England were only able to get 22 runs in the first 10 overs losing 2 wickets which hampered their momentum to chase the big score. Jonny Bairstow who was struggling at the start kept fighting as wickets were tumbling at the other end. Zampa picked up the two best England batsman, Morgan and Buttler, after which it was always going to be difficult for England to come back. England were struggling at 57/4 when Sam Billings joined Bairstow. Both played very well seeing off the tough times and then accelerating once they were set. The pair added 113 as the game was getting tighter. Once Bairstow fell after that, it was all upto Billings. He played out of his skin getting to get a maiden century but it was too much for him to do in the end as Australia won by 19 runs.
Josh Hazlewood was judged the Man of the Match for his brilliant 3/26. Marsh, Maxwell, Zampa, Bairstow, and Billings did a great job as well.
Just Cricket Thoughts
Marcus Stoinis batting at 3 looked very good but unfortunately was not able to convert. His innings of 43 cannot be discounted. This was clearly a new ball wicket and Stoinis scoring 43 off just 34 balls early on was the difference in the end. This is where England struggled as they were not able to get the scoreboard moving in the first 20 overs.
Both Marsh and Maxwell showed great maturity and paced their innings very well. Mitch Marsh took it on himself to bat through the end as Maxwell was looking for the scoring opportunities. Maxwell in particular utilized the short boundary very well.
Morgan was good with his captaincy once again. When Australia were struggling at 123/5, it was great to see him bring back Archer into the attack along with Rashid at the other end trying to get wickets, rather than looking to get some overs off the 5th bowler. One little trick he might have missed is that he bowled Adil Rashid with the short boundary on the leg side against two right handers with the breeze assisting them as well. The one big six that Maxwell hit of Rashid helped him switch gears. He could have bowled Rashid from the other end.
Fast forward to Match 2
Australia will feel good taking the lead in the 3 match series but England will come back strong in a must win game.
Australia will possibly have a couple of changes. Starc was in a lot of discomfort towards the end of the innings and is speculated that he might have a minor groin injury. Hence he might miss out with the second match being played with not much turnaround time. Australia can consider likes of Kane Richardson, Riley Meredith for this spot. Having passed the concussion test, Steve Smith is expected to slot back at 3, which means Marcus Stoinis might miss out inspite of playing a good innings. In the back of the mind, Australia will want to play Aston Agar as well given the next world cup is in India and they might want to play 2 spinners. But at the moment they will find it difficult to fit him in the side. Alex Carey has not scored too many runs, but more importantly has not looked very comfortable at the crease. Australia might want to have a look at Josh Philippe but may not happen in the second game.
Australia Probable XI : 1) David Warner, 2) Aaron Finch (c), 3) Steve Smith, 4) Marnus Labuschagne, 5) Mitch Marsh, 6) Glenn Maxwell, 7) Alex Carey (wk), 8) Pat Cummins, 9) Adam Zampa, 10) Kane Richardson, 11) Josh Hazlewood
England probably played with their best available XI and will not look to change it.
England Probable XI : 1) Jason Roy, 2) Jonny Bairstow (wk), 3) Joe Root, 4) Eoin Morgan (c), 5) Sam Billings, 6) Jos Buttler (c), 7) Moeen Ali, 8) Chris Woakes, 9) Adil Rashid, 10) Jofra Archer, 11) Mark Wood
Key To success for Match 2:
Australia – Marnus Labuschagne
England – Eoin Morgan