England vs Australia – 3rd One-Day International Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is England vs Australia taking place? Wednesday, 16th September, 2020 – 13:00 (UK)

Where is England vs Australia taking place? Old Trafford, Manchester

What is the expected weather for England vs Australia? 21c sunshine with cloudy intervals

What channel is England vs Australia on? The match will be televised live on Sky Sports Cricket

Where can I stream England vs Australia? The match can be streamed live using the SkyGo app

Where can I get tickets for England vs Australia? This match will be played without spectators

LAST MEETING
England beat Australia by 24 runs

THE TEAM NEWS

ENGLAND

  • England looked to be heading towards a series defeat on Sunday but they somehow managed to pull victory from the jaws of defeat once again as they defended their below-par 231/9 and bowled Australia out for 207.
  • Once again, skipper Eoin Morgan claimed plenty of plaudits for the risks and decisions he took during the game and he will know his men have to step up their performance another level and improve especially with the bat.
  • The batting has largely let them down on the whole so far and the likes of Root and Roy need to get some runs and ease the pressure on the middle order and tail that has carried them somewhat in the opening two games, although the likelihood is that they go unchanged for this deciding match.

AUSTRALIA

  • Australia suffered another dramatic batting collapse on Sunday to almost replicate the one they endured in the first T20 match as they looked in control of the second ODI and on their way to sealing the win before they fell apart and succumbed to Archer and Woakes.
  • They will be desperately hoping to see Steve Smith return for this game after he missed the opening two matches through concussion but he has passed protocol and they will surely bring him back in to bolster the fragile batting line-up.
  • The biggest question will be who makes way for Smith as Marsh, Maxwell, Stoinis and Labuschagne have had contributed in recent matches so the one who may be most at risk is David Warner as his struggles against Jofra Archer continue so he could be the one to make way if they make such a bold call.

THE PREDICTION

There is very little to choose between these two teams and this series now comes down to this final game at Old Trafford. Australia have had the better of the opening two one-day internationals for long spells yet their lack of matches has seen them struggle at some key moments none more so than on Sunday when they capitulated. They will hope to have Steve Smith back for this game and that could be huge for them. They should drop David Warner who is struggling for form right now but that would be a big decision for them and it will be interesting to see if they can make that call and move Marcus Stoinis up to open with Aaron Finch. That could be the only change on either side as it is hard to see either team make significant changes. The bowling units especially are doing well so only tweaks based on fitness may be made. The marginal edge goes to Australia for this match but only if Steve Smith returns. He is the type of player that can return from adversity and produce the goods immediately while his sheer presence would boost the tourists. Australia are preferred if he starts, otherwise the edge goes to England if he misses out.

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