Australia successfully retained their No. 1 spot in the T20I rankings despite losing the series 1-2 against England with a win in the last T20I match. England would recover from their fielding tremors in their last and third T20I matches, resulting in a 5-wicket loss. England still sweat the availability of Eoin Morgan and in his absence Moeen Ali will take over the captaincy. England is the current World Cup winner in the 50-over format and is ranked number 1 in the ICC rankings. Australia is going through a mini-meltdown in the ODI format and is placed fifth in the ICC points table. Both teams will start the series with a win in this match.
Johnny Bairstow and Tom Banton will be batting, with Joe Root, Eoin Morgan, Sam Billings and Jose Butler to follow. Bairstow and Butler were among the runners-up with 50+ scores in the T20I format. He has good depth in the batting line up with the likes of Chris Woakes and Moin Ali.
The speed quartet of Jofra Archer, Mark Wood, Tom Curren and Chris Woakes are expected to make it to the playing eleven. Moin Ali and Adil Rashid will look after the spin department. Sam Curran will be in the reserves and could be a surprise pick to diversify with his left-arm bowling.
The Australian top order will be made to the likes of Aaron Finch, David Warner and Steve Smith. Australia, along with Mitchell Marsh and Glenn Maxwell, could include Marnus Labuschgane to further strengthen the batting in the playing eleven.
Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins will share the new ball for the team and open the bowling. Josh Hazlewood will serve as the third seamer and Adam Zampa will be the lone spinner in the squad. Glenn Maxwell and Mitchell Marsh will play the fifth bowler’s quota.
Manchester is expected to be slightly cloudy and rain but there is little chance of rain on match day. We expect the match to proceed without interruption.
Old Trafford is one of the belter of tracks in the English circuit and we can expect a score of over 30 runs scored here. Bowlers will have very little margin for error on this pitch and they should be entitled to their money on every ball.
Chasing is the best option as it is a flat track and no target is safe on such pitches. Early moisture in the pitch will help the bowlers in the first 10 overs of the match.
England vs Australia, 1st ODI Today Match Prediction Australia tour of England, 2020
England have an unprecedented record in the ODI format over the last 3-4 years and have easily outperformed the Australian team. At the other end, Australia are in a revival stage in ODIs and will look to stand up to their senior players and perform. Both teams have good depth in batting with England to strengthen Australia a bit in the batting department. We expect England to win this match.
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