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4th ODI: Australia hope to seal England's fate


Cricketnext Staff,Cricketnext
Sep 13, 2013 at 09:46pm IST

Traditional rivals England and Australia will lock horns once again when the two teams play the fourth ODI of their five-match series in Cardiff on Saturday, with the visitors eyeing a 2-0 series-winning lead after the first and third games of the series were washed out by rain.

Not a ball was bowled in the first game, whereas the third match on Wednesday also didn't produce any result after heavens opened up with just 15.1 overs into the game, reducing the series now to a best-of-three affair.

England will begin the game wary of Australia as it was pretty much evident in the second ODI in Manchester that Australia are in better shape than the hosts, who look to be adamant on experimenting with young players. Even in the abandoned third ODI, Australian bowlers had English batsmen on the mat at 59 for 3.

4th ODI: Australia hope to seal England's fate

With two matches of the five-ODI series washed out, another victory in Cardiff on Saturday will give Australia a series-clinching 2-0 lead.

With the likes of James Anderson, Stuart Broad, and Graeme Swann being rested following England's Ashes triumph, bowling responsibilities lie on the shoulders of Steve Finn, James Tredwell and Irishman Boyd Rankin. The batsmen are in decent touch, but Kevin Pietersen, Joe Root and Eoin Morgan will have to do bulk of the scoring; and fans would be hoping that at least one of them scores a big one at Cardiff on Saturday.

Trott's recent form hasn't been the best as he has struggled lately, and it will be an interesting battle between the English line-up and Mitchell Johnson, who has been breathing down their throat in the rain-shortened series.

On the other hand, Australia look more at ease in limited-overs cricket and will like to return home with a series win in the bag after an embarrassing Ashes defeat. Skipper Michael Clarke has been leading from the front, having scored 105 in the win at Manchester. He has been well supported by George Bailey, Aaron Finch and Shane Watson while the bowlers have also performed well as a unit.

Johnson has spearheaded the bowling for the visitors and has impressed every time he ran in, taking 2 for 36 at Old Trafford and removing Kevin Pietersen for just six in the unfinished game at Edgbaston. He has been well supported by fellow seamers James Faulkner and Clint McKay, with the three combining well to exploit the helpful English conditions.

The Cardiff forecast for Saturday says 'partly cloudy', which - considering the English weather - should be good enough to hold for 100 overs, but that's if it stays that way or improves. England will hope for that to draw level and Australia to pocket the series.

Probable XI:

England: 1 Michael Carberry, 2 Kevin Pietersen, 3 Jonathan Trott, 4 Joe Root, 5 Eoin Morgan (capt), 6 Ravi Bopara, 7 Jos Buttler, 8 Ben Stokes, 9 James Tredwell, 10 Steve Finn, 11 Boyd Rankin

Australia: 1 Aaron Finch, 2 Shaun Marsh, 3 Shane Watson, 4 Michael Clarke (capt), 5 George Bailey, 6 Adam Voges, 7 Matthew Wade, 8 James Faulkner, 9 Mitchell Johnson, 10 Clint McKay, 11 Josh Hazlewood

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