It’s all to play for as England and Australia lock horns in the series decider on September 16 (Wednesday) in Manchester. Australia missed a golden opportunity to win the series in the last match itself as they chocked during the run chase. Meanwhile, ahead of the final encounter, we present you the fantasy cricketing tips for the 3rd and final ODI between England and Australia.
Their middle-order once again failed to deliver and world champions England grabbed their opportunity and levelled the series. Jofra Archer and Chris Woakes were the game changers for the host as they picked wickets at regular intervals and defended a fairly low total.
Coming into this match, both teams will be looking to play their best match of the series and win a significant ODI series. Meanwhile, Australia received Steve Smith boost ahead of the game as the cricketer cleared the concussion test. He is likely to return to the squad and the visitors look to revamp their squad.
On the other hand, the home side is likely to retain their playing for one final game of this season. The batters need to deliver the goods for the side as they look to keep their winning run going.
Head to Head
Thus far both Australia and England have played a total of 151 ODI matches. Overall the Aussies have dominated as they have won 83 matches to only 63 of England.
Match Timing and Venue
Much like the previous two matches, the final ODI of the series will again be contested at the Old Trafford Cricket ground in Manchester.
The match will commence at 5:30 IST and will be a D/N match on 16th September.
The Manchester weather is suspected to be ideal for playing conditions as there is absolutely no chances of rain and fans will be hoping to see a classic match between the two old foes.
England vs Australia: 3rd ODI – Fantasy Tips
It is important to pick a balanced side as it will make your team stronger. Now that you can fix your team even after the toss, it makes your job easier.
Steve Smith is likely to make his comeback in the Aussie side and Marcus Stoinis may have to sit out. Apart from this one change, the Aussies are expected to play the same side in the crucial encounter.
For England, Jason Roy will be hoping to fire and come back into the form along with his batting partner Johnny Bairstow. Joe Root has also thus far disappointed in the series and will be looking to make amends in the crucial encounter.
Josh Buttler and Eoin Morgan will be the two most important England batsmen in the middle order. Meanwhile, Adil Rashid and Jofra Archer will be their most crucial bowlers in the final ODI.
Predicted Playing XI
England: Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (c), Jos Buttler (wk), Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Sam Curran, Jofra Archer, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood/ Tom Curran.
Australia: David Warner, Aaron Finch (c), Steve Smith, Marnus Labuschagne, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Alex Carey (wk), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood.
After making a remarkable comeback in the previous ODI, hosts England will be looking to prove a point in the decisive match. They haven’t yet fired on all cylinders and will be hoping to save their best for last and clinch yet another ODI series.
As far as Australia is concerned, they have their task cut out after losing a match from winning position. The comeback of Smith will be positive for them but still, England is favourites to final the 3rd ODI. 2-1 England.
Australia vs England 2020: Fantasy 11 picks
Captain – Eoin Morgan, Aaron Finch
Vice-Captain –Steve Smith, Jos Buttler
Batters – Aaron Finch(c), Eoin Morgan (c), Jos Buttler (VC), Steve Smith (VC)
All-Rounders – Glenn Maxwell, Moeen Ali
Bowlers – Jofra Archer, Adil Rashid, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazelwood, Adam Zampa