England will be looking to maintain their supremacy over Australia this summer as the first Royal London ODI International, a day/night game, looms at the Ageas Bowl, Hampshire, on Thursday. Eventmasters are delighted to offer official cricket hospitality packages for the Royal London ODI Series. Our superb cricket hospitlaity packages are available at Heandingley and Old Trafford.
So far England have reclaimed the Ashes 3-2 and taken the one-off T20 at Cardiff, with England captain Eoin Morgan hitting 74 off 39 balls as the home side claimed victory by five runs.
Both teams say they are taking the series extremely seriously – you don’t get friendlies between England and Australia. England have plenty to prove, ranked six to Australia’s number one status. England had a dreadful, embarrassing, World Cup; Australia won it.
But both put out very different squads from the Ashes contest as they rest key participants. In each case just five players out of the 14 transfer across. For England there is no Alastair Cook, Ian Bell (retired from ODIs), Joe Root (troublesome back), Stuart Broad and Jimmy Anderson.
Australia are missing six players from their World Cup-winning XI – Michael Clarke (retired), Aaron Finch (injured), Brad Haddin, Mitchell Johnson and Josh Hazlewood all recuperating, and James Faulkner (disciplinary following a drink-driving issue).
For Australia, anti-hero Shane Watson, seemingly finished as a Test cricketer, has a shot at redemption. He hit an incredible 143 off just 107 balls the last time these two sides met at the home of Hampshire.
All-rounder Marcus Stoinis, spinner Ashton Agar, who made his astonishing Test debut at Nottingham two years ago, scoring an amazing 98, and promising batsman Joe Burns are set for a first start in the 50 overs game. For England, Morgan says he is feeling “fresh” after taking a break from cricket to prepare for the limited-overs series. Back with a bang in the T20.
The left-hander, aged 28, added: “It had been about 11 months since I had a break and that is a pretty long time.” For Alex Hales and Moeen Ali plenty of runs could lead to a Test opening role against Pakistan in the UAE.
Yorkshire’s Adil Rashid gets a chance. Currently he has the dubious record of playing 11 ODI matches in six years and still awaits a Test debut despite being a member of the Ashes-winning squad.
All-rounders, Chris Woakes, of Warwickshire, and David Willey, Northamptonshire, who is heading to Yorkshire after this summer, have been hampered by injuries recently. It will be interesting to see how they perform. Andrew Strauss has pretty much got everything right since taking over as cricket director.
He promised to place increased emphasis on one-day cricket. However, so bad has England’s World Cup record become that even Strauss had one of those brain AWOL moments, inviting Kevin Pietersen to become a one-day consultant. Thankfully, he declined.
Hopefully England can break the mould and give the Australian big hitters some of their own medicine. It should be a cracking showdown, with a big crowd and lots of opportunity to enjoy our fantastic cricket hospitality packages.
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Remaining Royal London ODI Fixtures:
Sat 5 Sept, 2nd Royal London ODI – Lord’s.
England ODI Squad
Eoin Morgan (Middlesex), Moeen Ali (Worcestershire), Sam Billings (Kent), Jos Buttler (Lancashire), Steven Finn (Middlesex), Alex Hales (Nottinghamshire), Liam Plunkett (Yorkshire), Adil Rashid (Yorkshire), Jason Roy (Surrey), Ben Stokes (Durham), James Taylor (Nottinghamshire), David Willey (Northamptonshire), Chris Woakes (Warwickshire), Mark Wood (Durham).
Australia ODI Squad
Steve Smith (c), Ashton Agar, George Bailey, Joe Burns, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Patrick Cummins, Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Marsh, James Pattinson, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade (wk), Shane Watson, David Warner.