Hosts face visitors in fourth ODI on Friday in Adelaide
Australia will be looking for any inspiration when they will face England in the fourth ODI of the five-match series in Adelaide on Friday. The visitors have already clinched the series with three impressive victories in the first three matches.
The most worrying thing for the Kangaroos team management was the ease with which England bounced back in all of those matches, and registered relatively comfortable victories in the end. To make things worse for the home side, team’s most in-form batsman Aaron Finch has been ruled out of the Adelaide ODI as well.His absence means the poor form of the opener and vice-captain David Warner will become even more significant, as Darren Lehman & co will be hoping that he will return to form, sooner than later.
Captain Steven Smith is also having a relatively poor series by his own high standards, and the home side will be desperate to see the skipper back to his brilliant best.With Finch missing, all-rounder Travis Head will have another go at the top of the order with Warner.For English team, the series is a complete turnaround from a demoralizing Ashes series, where the visitors suffered a 4-0 drubbing at the hands of Australia.
After winning first three matches of the series, the opportunity is there for Eoin Morgan and his men to register a memorable whitewash over the Kangaroos on their homeland.In the batting department, everyone in the top eight have made significant contributions except two players – Captain Morgan and all-rounder Moeen Ali. Trevor Bayliss and the team management will be hoping that both players will deliver in the last two matches.
In the bowling department, the team will be once again depending on the aggression of Mark Wood, who is being inspirational throughout the series. However, with Liam Plunkett’s inclusion doubtful due to hamstring injuring, pacer David Willey is likely to start for the visiting side.
The pitch is expected to be a great one for the batsman, whereas the weather is expected to stay fine throughout.