Australia will take on Zimbabwe in the second One-Day International of the three-match series at the Tony Ireland Stadium in Townsville on Wednesday (August 31). The hosts won the first encounter by five wickets and have taken a 1-0 lead in the series.
Zimbabwe were 87/1 at one stage but were bundled out for just 200. The bowling unit fought well but there weren’t enough runs on the board. They will have to come up with a lot better performance if they want to keep the series alive.
"The ball was seaming around a fair bit, there was a bit bounce and the spin was pretty hard to line up as well. Some were going straight and some were taking off and bouncing so it wasn't easy," said Steven Smith after the first ODI.
There was plenty of assistance for bowlers on the surface and the likes of Cameron Green and Adam Zampa made full use of it. Hence, it would be ideal to have as many bowling options as possible. You should go with at least three all-rounders in your team.
While you could go for the above team, you can also choose your team from Cricket.com’s Fantasy Research Centre. You can use this tool to build your team with the help of algorithms. Then, based on your preferences, the platform will guide you through creating the ideal fantasy XI.
For Small Leagues: David Warner (c), Sikandar Raza (vc)
For Grand Leagues: Cameron Green (c), Adam Zampa (vc)
Stats that matter
Amongst full-member nations, Zimbabwe have the worst bowling average (39.8) and strike rate (43.4) in ODIs since 2021. The same goes for their batting average (23.9) and balls/wicket (29.1) as well.
David Warner has only played six ODIs since 2021, scoring 212 runs at an average of 35.33. However, he has an impressive record at home, having slammed 2673 runs in 58 innings at an average of 46.89. He was the only Australian batter to cross the 50-run mark in the first ODI.
In ODIs since 2020, Steven Smith has smashed 697 runs in 13 innings at an average of 63.36. He has three centuries and as many fifties to his name in this period. Smith scored 48* in the first encounter.
Sikandar Raza has been in some in 2022, having scored 620 runs in 13 innings at an impressive average of 56.36. In this period, the right-hander has hit three hundreds and two fifties. On top of that, he has also claimed eight wickets.
Grand league punts
Cameron Green took 5/33 in the first ODI - his maiden five-wicket haul in international cricket. He also averages 38.25 with the bat in this format and could fetch you many points with his all-round skills.
Adam Zampa, who took three scalps in the first ODI, has claimed 41 wickets in his last 20 ODIs. In this period, he has operated at a strike rate of 27.7.
Glenn Maxwell has really enjoyed his stint at No, 7 for Australia this year. In his six innings in that position this year so far, Maxwell has scores of 80*, 30, 33, 1, 16 and 32*. Overall, he has enjoyed a lot of success there, having slammed 731 runs at a strike-rate of 131.2. He is also a handy offspinner.
Australia - Aaron Finch (c), David Warner, Steven Smith, Alex Carey (wk), Marcus Stoinis, Glenn Maxwell, Cameron Green, Sean Abbott/Ashton Agar, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood.
Zimbabwe - Innocent Kaia, Tadiwanashe Marumani, Wesley Madhevere, Sean Williams, Sikandar Raza, Regis Chakabva (c & wk), Ryan Burl, Luke Jongwe, Brad Evans, Richard Ngarava, Blessing Muzarabani.