Jos Buttler top scored with 75 for England in the 2nd ODI. Picture: PA Sport/au.eurosport.com
England will be out to level its One Day International series against Australia by winning game three at Edgbaston on Wednesday. Following the abandonment of game one at Headingley without a ball being bowled last week, the tourists took a 1-0 lead by scoring an 88 run victory over the old enemy in Manchester on Sunday and will be determined to square the ledger at Edgbaston.
Despite suffering a comprehensive defeat on the weekend, England’s limited overs boss Ashley Giles is unlikely to make many changes, although he will be tempted to tinker with his bowling attack after conceding a record score of 315 in 50 overs at Old Trafford. With Anderson, Broad and Swann rested, Steven Finn and former Ireland international Boyd Rankin led the attack, with Ben Stokes and offspinner James Tredwell the only other recognised bowlers in the XI. Luke Wright could be brought in to the side in place of Michael Carberry to provide another bowling option, although Sussex quick Chris Jordan provides another option.
Ashes winning captain Alistair Cook and Ian Bell are sitting this series out, providing Kevin Pietersen with another opportunity to open the batting and he took the chance with both hands in Manchester, scoring 60 from just 66 deliveries. Eoin Morgan and Jos Buttler proved they were in form with half centuries and will again be expected to provide some impetus in the middle order.
Given the authoritative nature of their victory in the 2nd ODI, Australia isn’t expected to make any changes for Edgbaston, with Shaun Marsh and Aaron Finch opening the batting and Shane Watson at first drop. Finch will be looking to continue his good form having scored 156, 5, 148 and 45 on tour, while skipper Michael Clarke has also found some form after scoring 105 at Old Trafford. Mitch Johnson will continue his international comeback leading the attack after taking 2/36 from 10 overs in the preview game.
Three of the past four ODI matches that Australia has been scheduled to play in Birmingham have been abandoned due to bad weather and rain is again predicted in Birmingham on Wednesday. England has won the past two completed matches between these sides here and has a good recent record at the ground, with eight wins from ten completed 50 over matches at Edgbaston since 2003.
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