As Eoin Morgan-led England will press for a whitewash, it will be a difficult ask for Paine-led Australia to avoid the embarrassment. With the brand of aggressive cricket England is playing it will be difficult for Australia to win. David Warner and Steve Smith has been missed big time by Australia. Also Read - England Captain Joe Root in Doubt For First Test vs West Indies Due to ECB's COVID-19 Self-isolation Rule
The two stars are serving their suspensions after it was revealed that they were part of a ball-tampering controversy. Meanwhile, the English cricket team has been in devastating form. they also amassed the highest ever total in ODI cricket history, when they hit 481. Also Read - England Test Captain Joe Root Feels Saliva Ban Will Lead to More Improved Skills For Bowlers
The English openers Jason Roy and Alex Hales have been in sublime touch and that will be a big headache for the visitors going into the last ODI. Also Read - New Zealand Should Have Been Joint World Cup Winners: Gautam Gambhir
For Australia, it has been the bowlers that have let them down, they have gone for plenty of runs. Considering it is the last ODI, the hosts who are comfortably placed may look to experiment in Manchester.
The feeling is that England are already preparing for the India series and then the ICC World Cup, which is due next year and would be played in England. That would make the hosts favourites.
Fun fact: England has never won a ODI bilateral series 5-0 since 2001. They had whitewashed Zimbabwe then. Can they do it today?
England (probable) Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Alex Hales, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (capt), Jos Buttler (wk), Moeen Ali, David Willey, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Jake Ball
Australia: Aaron Finch, Travis Head, Shaun Marsh, Alex Carey, Tim Paine (C & WK), Glenn Maxwell, Micheal Neser, Ashton Agar, Kane Richardson, Billy Stanlake, Nathan Lyon
Head to Head
Played– 145, England 60, Australia- 81, Tie/NR- 5
Played- 67, England 33, Australia- 30, Tie/NR- 4
Broadcast details– Sony Six, Sony Six HD
Online– Sony LIV
Match Timings: 15:30 IST