So, The Ashes fever has come to a horrible end for England, with Australia winning the series 5-0 by playing some belligerent Cricket.
Now, the time has come to start talking about the shorter version of the Gentleman’s game and making our predictions.
Beefy already has made one as he thinks that it’ll be England who will emerge victorious, the victory margin being 3-2.
I won’t necessarily term it as an “Inane Prophecy” by Sir Ian Botham, because I completely agree with him.
The ignominy that England have faced out here has incensed the team even more and the “Extreme Desire” to win is the ultimate result.
Many might say that Australia have a better team, but I will say that names don’t matter but performance does. And, with the “Extreme Desire” to win comes “The art of performing better than your capability” and hence England might well win the upcoming Carlton Mid ODI Series.
It won’t actually be a shock because Alistair Cook of course has a really decent line-up to play with. So, England being the favourites for me, let us first see the probable and the best England 11 for the first ODI at The MCG.
Cook and Ian Bell “should” be the openers of course, with the captain and the Warwickshire man being an obvious choice as they both have done well. At No.3 should be Michael Carberry, because the Hampshire man has spent a good long time at the top of order and I expect him to be in the runs now.
He never has had the experience of playing at this position though, and he might just be the opener with Bell being the No.3, but if I was the selector, I’d keep him at this very position because Bell has done considerably well as an opener and there is no point of demoting him.
Joe Root I don’t think would be there in the squad as he was in no kind of form whatsoever in The Ashes Series, and took too much time to settle down as well. At no. four, five, six and seven come another obvious choices in the form of Morgan, Bopara, Stokes and Buttler.
Stokes as everyone saw was in brilliant touch throughout the series, and was the standout performer. Morgan has been in good form in the Big Bash and his recent form in the ODIs too is staggering with one unbeaten century and two fifties to his name in the previous four ODIs he has played.
Bopara is another man who is probably in the best form of his career, as the lad has got runs and wickets at the same time. Buttler hasn’t been any different than Morgan and Bopara as the Somerset man is on the back of two fifties and a 42 in his last three ODIs and also he is another player who has been in top form in Big Bash.
Now comes the English bowling line-up. Jimmy Anderson has been rested for the ODI series and so he won’t be there. Stuart Broad too has been rested, but just for the first two ODIs. So, the four bowlers that England should go with are Finn, Rankin, Tredwell and Bresnan.
Reason of course is that these are the best four that England can go with in at least the first two matches.
Talking about the Australia now who have an exceptional line-up for the ODIs, they probably would have Finch and Warner as openers, because both of them have been in form and Shaun Marsh could well be dropped for the first clash because of lack of runs from the left hander.
Watson, Clarke, Bailey, Haddin and Maxwell are the ones that follow, because they simply are those players that you can’t ignore!!!!
In the bowling line-up, although there would be no Johnson for the first ODI, McKay, Pattinson, Faulkner and Coulter Nile would make up for a well-balanced attack.
Though it is a squad that looks very strong, my prediction still would be England 3-2 because of the fact that they have done exceptionally well in the past as well, and it was this very Australian side that they beat in the Champions Trophy.
Also, most of the players in the current Australian side are those that like to score freely and can get frustrated easily if the bowlers keep it tight.
England on the other hand have three calm customers at the top, and then the ones that explode when needed, and aren’t the ones that lose their calm easily.
If the English bowling is able to keep it tight, the match could right be their grips. Brace yourselves everyone, it is going to be one hell of an ODI series.
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