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2nd ODI: Johnson back to torment as England look to level


Cricketnext Staff
Jan 16, 2014 at 08:57pm IST

Brisbane: England were hoping to redeem their campaign in the 50-over format but got off to a bad start by losing the first one-dayer against Australia in Melbourne by six wickets.

But the five-match ODI series gives England a chance to bounce back and draw level here on Friday. The visitors would carry forward the positives from the Tour match against Prime Minister's XI, which they won convincingly by 172 runs.

The absence of key players from the England side, provides youngsters a chance to prove their worth. Gary Ballance, Eoin Morgan and Jos Butler in the first match came up with decent scores, but the inconsistent form of skipper Alastair Cook is a matter of concern.

2nd ODI: Johnson back to torment as England look to level

Australia will be boosted by the return of Ashes hero, Mitchell Johnson, who has vowed to come hard at the English batsmen.

Batting first in the first ODI, England put up a competitive score of 269 on the board but Australia dominated the chase with openers Aaron Finch (121) and David Warner (65) putting up a 163-run stand for the first wicket.

Australia on the other hand will be boosted by the return of Ashes hero, Mitchell Johnson, who has vowed to come hard at the English batsmen. The Australian team management has included Dan Christian in the ODI squad with Shane Watson granted an extended rest.

Probable XIs:

Australia: 1 Aaron Finch, 2 David Warner, 3 Shaun Marsh, 4 Michael Clarke (c), 5 George Bailey, 6 Glenn Maxwell, 7 Brad Haddin (wk), 8 James Faulkner, 9 Nathan Coulter-Nile, 10 Mitchell Johnson, 11 Clint McKay.

England: 1 Alastair Cook (c), 2 Michael Carberry, 3 Ian Bell, 4 Gary Ballance, 5 Ravi Bopara, 6 Jos Buttler (wk), 7 Ben Stokes, 8 Tim Bresnan, 9 Chris Jordan, 10 James Tredwell, 11 Boyd Rankin.

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