The Aussies are set to take on England in a three-match ODI series starting next week. The matches will be played in Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney. Australia have been eliminated from the ongoing T20 World Cup 2022. Meanwhile, England have made it to the semi-finals where they will face India.
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Meanwhile, Australia’s 14-man squad is packed with experience and quality. There are no notable absentees despite rumours of key players being rested after the World Cup.
This will be Pat Cummins’ first assignment as the captain of his country’s ODI squad. Recently, Aaron Finch called time on his ODI career and Cummins has been chosen to lead the side in his absence.
Cricket Australia have also confirmed that Travis Head will now open the innings alongside David Warner after the retirement of Finch. The Aussies will be looking to bounce back from their World Cup disappointment with positive results against their arch-rivals England.
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Aussies’ campaign was derailed by an 89-run loss against New Zealand in their opening game, which left playing catch up from an NRR standpoint.
Following a seven-wicket win against Sri Lanka, Australia let the chance to boost their NRR slip through their fingers with an unconvincing win against Ireland and Afghanistan. But their net run rate was low and hence in spite of being on the same points as England, they couldn’t qualify for the next round.
The sentiment was echoed across social media, with some fans criticising the selectors for picking players ‘who are just mates’, a strategy which had not delivered results.
Cummins and co will look to forget what happened in the T20 World Cup and come out fresh against England. It will be a fascinating series and Australia will come out all guns blazing.
Australia ODI Squad:
Pat Cummins (c), Ashton Agar, Alex Carey, Cameron Green, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Marnus Labuschagne, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, David Warner, Adam Zampa