The 1st game of the 3-match ODI series between England and Australia will be played at The Old Trafford in Manchester.
The match starts at 01:00 PM local time (05:30 PM IST) (12:00 PM UTC). This match can be viewed on Sony Six and Sony Six HD. It will be live-streamed on the Sony Liv app.
England and Australia will lock horns in the first game of the 3-match ODI series to be played on Friday. All the three matches of this ODI series will be played at the Manchester’s Old Trafford. The two teams were part of a 3-match T20I series in Southampton which the hosts clinched by 2-1 margin. All three games in that series were thrilling one despite none of the turned out to be a high-scoring one. This series against Australia will be the first for England since the 2019 World Cup where they will have a near full-strength team.
The track at the Old Trafford is generally good for the batsmen and tends to slow down as the match progresses. Hence, the teams winning the toss usually prefer batting first only. Targets over 280 could be tricky at this venue to chase down.
Average first innings score: 277 (Last three ODIs played at the Old Trafford)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 0, Lost – 3
Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (c), Sam Billings, Jos Buttler, Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Tom Curran, Jofra Archer, Adil Rashid.
Bench: Sam Curran, Tom Banton, Mark Wood.
David Warner, Aaron Finch (c), Steve Smith, Marnus Labuschagne, Alex Carey (wk), Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis/Mitchell Marsh, Ashton Agar/Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa.
Bench: Matthew Wade, Ashton Agar/Josh Hazlewood, Daniel Sams, Josh Philippe, Matthew Wade, Sean Abbott, Nathan Lyon, Riley Meredith, Kane Richardson, Marcus Stoinis/Mitchell Marsh.
Marnus Labuschagne made a solid start to his ODI career scoring 305 runs from 6 innings with help of a century, two fifties and two scores of 40s.
Joe Root will start the series under the pressure of sealing his place in the white-ball formats. A lot of batting options for England in ODIs could see the end of Root from this format if he doesn’t prove his worth.
Jofra Archer will be hoping to put on some inspiring performances with the ball as he did during the World Cup. Jofra took 23 wickets in the 14 ODIs he picked with help of five 3-wicket hauls.
The pitch in Manchester could produce some help for the spinners as England skipper wanted his team to be prepared for slower tracks in India during the next World Cup. Hence, we could see spinners succeeding more on Friday.
England is expected to win this match and take a 1-0 lead.
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