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10 Sep 2020 | 09:29 AM
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England v Australia, 1st ODI, Old Trafford: Fantasy Preview
Here are a few tips that might help you in creating your fantasy team for the first ODI between England and Australia slated to be held at Old Trafford, in Manchester

Following a series loss in the shortest format of the game, Australia will look to redeem themselves in the ODI series. All three matches of the ODI series is to be played at Old Trafford, with the first one starting on 11th September. 

But the question over here is can Australia turn it around in the ODIs? Considering their struggles against England in their backyard, it is looking ominous. Since 2017, Australia have managed to win only one of the 8 ODIs played during this time against England. 

Of late, both teams have done well in ODIs, Australia have a win% of 60% and England have a win% of 68%, which is the most among the top 10 teams. 

 HEAD-TO-HEAD

Overall: Matches – 149 | ENG – 62 Wins | AUS – 82 Wins | Tie – 2 | NR - 3

In England: Matches – 70 | ENG – 35 Wins | AUS – 31 Wins | Tie – 2 | NR - 3

At Venue: Matches – 12 | ENG – 7 Wins | AUS – 5 Wins 

Last 5 Matches: ENG – 4 Wins | AUS – 1 Win


While you could go for the above team, you also have the option of choosing your own team from cricket.com Fantasy Research Centre. Based on algorithms we come up with six different teams that could fetch crucial points.

GROUND DETAILS

Generally, Old Trafford has been a venue that has support for the bowlers, especially the pacers. On an average, 288 runs have been scored in the 1st innings since 2016 in ODIs. On another note, a target of over 230 hasn’t been chased at this venue in this time-frame. Teams batting first have won 6 out of the 8 matches played at this venue during this period. 

Old Trafford has been a happy hunting ground for the pacers in ODIs since 2016. The pacers have bagged a wicket every 29.1 deliveries which is the best among all the venues in England in this period.

TEAM COMBINATION

Both teams have world-class fast bowlers and with the pacers doing exceptionally well, it’s a no-brainer to pack your team with fast bowlers. The pacers have bagged 79% of the wickets at this venue every 26.8 runs. The spinners have bagged only 21% of wickets for every 61 runs.  

It is not only about Manchester, the left-arm pacers have actually relished themselves when bowling in England. Since 2018 in ODIs, they have bagged wickets every 28.0 deliveries, which is second-best among countries with more than 10 innings of left-pacers. To add to their pride, they have bagged 8 five-wicket hauls, by far the most in a country. 

All the numbers and records points towards one bowler who is an absolute necessity and Mitchell Starc has done really well in English conditions. Pat Cummins has been a revelation for Australia in recent times, they would want him to carry forward his purple patch. The two best Australian bowlers will be red-hot picks. 

The Australian skipper, Aaron Finch’s amazing record against England also comes under consideration. Steve Smith is an obvious choice as well. Eoin Morgan and Joe Root are England best bet with the bat. Jos Buttler would be the preferable choice of wicket-keeper. Glenn Maxwell and Moeen Ali are strong contenders among allrounders. 

There could be a few interesting match-ups too.

STEVEN SMITH vs ADIL RASHID

Smith is a good player of spin, but Adil Rashid in this case has outsmarted the best batsman of Australia. In a 11-inning face-off between each other, Rashid has dismissed Smith on 5 occasions with an average of 19.8.

GLENN MAXWELL vs MARK WOOD

The extra pace of Wood has certainly troubled Maxwell in ODIs. Maxwell has got out to him thrice in 6 innings at an average of 7.0 and a strike rate of 56.8. A strike rate of below 60 against Maxwell displays how commanding his performance has been.

JOE ROOT vs PAT CUMMINS

In a tussle of the best, the Australian pacer has emerged as the winner. Root in 6 innings has got out to Cummins on three occasions at an average of 13.3. 

EOIN MORGAN vs MITCHELL STARC

The contest is more of how Morgan will counter Starc’s nose-sniffers rather than bat and ball. In ODIs, Morgan has been a prey to Starc. Starc has got him thrice in 11 innings at an average of 20.7 at a low strike rate.

SUGGESTED CAPTAIN

AARON FINCH: An average of over 50 from the past one year. Electrifying returns against the opponent and a near 50 average yet again at the venue. What’s not there to keep Finch away from captaining the fantasy team as well. The Australian skipper has scored the most runs (1464) for them in ODIs since 2019.

He loves to bat against England, his 1253 runs are the most he has scored against a team in ODIs. His returns against England have come at an average of 50.1 courtesy of 7 centuries, which is the most by a player against England. 

Our Criclytics player projector predicts, Finch would score 20-53 runs in the first ODI against England

X-FACTOR

MITCHELL STARC: With a natural advantage, Starc is one of the X-factors who ought to fetch points. Starc in his 18 innings in England has bagged 38 wickets at a balls/wicket ratio of 26.1 and has a wicket every 24.3 runs. Those are staggering numbers for an away bowler. In fact, his balls/wicket ratio of 26.1 is the second-most among outsiders with 25 or more wickets in England. 

Our Criclytics player projector predicts, Starc would pick 0-3 wickets in the first ODI against England.

EOIN MORGAN: Morgan might have his difficulties against a few of Australia’s quicks, but most of the time he has overcome those. That is one of the reasons why he is England’s highest run-scorer against Australia in ODIs. With 1864 runs at an average of 41.4 against them, he is certainly one of the X-factors in the first ODI. In addition, Morgan has scored runs at will at Old Trafford in ODIs. An average of 52.6 at a strike rate of 116.1 is proof of it.

Our Criclytics player projector predicts, Morgan would score 16-43 runs in first ODI against Australia.

PAT CUMMINS: How can one of Australia’s best bowlers not be an X-factor. Since 2019 in ODIs, Cummins has bagged 40 wickets at a bowling average of 24.0 and has a wicket every 29.4 balls. His 40 wickets are the most for an Australian and third-most overall during this period. Cummins in 14 matches against England has bagged 23 wickets with a wicket every 32.8 balls and 29.9 runs.  

Our Criclytics player projector predicts, Cummins would pick 0-3 wickets in the first ODI against England.

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