MANCHESTER: Captain Eoin Morgan is eager during England’s One-day International series against Australia for spinning pitches as the world champions plan for the 2023 World Cup in India.
In Manchester at Old Trafford, the England captain is anticipating a gentle turner, where the fierce rivals will play 50-over fixtures over the next week with the first match on Friday, with weather conditions conducive to slow bowlers. In the ODI rankings, England’s rise to top spot was built around posting big totals on good batting tracks and their tournament triumph last summer was driven by their pace attack.
Morgan is embracing the need for change with the next World Cup due to be held in India in three years’ time, as well as a Twenty20 World Cup their next year.
On Thursday, he told reporters that, “It’s a huge benefit to us playing at Old Trafford, particularly if we play on the wicket I think we’re going to play on which will hopefully be slow and take a lot of turn.” “That’s the sort of wicket we will be more than likely to play on in India in the World Cup of 2023 and to play on that for a period of time will expose us in different areas we need to get better at.”
“Over the course of the last four-and-a half years we have had to wait to play at Cardiff or Old Trafford or go away on tour to experience those conditions. So hopefully a little more of that will help us get better at what we need to do on those sorts of pitches.”
Joe Root, meanwhile, will re-visitation of the England ODI group with a ringing support from his captain Eoin Morgan. Test commander Root was kept separate from the T20 arrangement, however will be back in his natural number three space.
“Joe is one of the best players in the world and been in great form at Yorkshire so hopefully he can take that form into this series,” Morgan said. “Throughout the World Cup he showed how valuable a player he is to us. He is under-sold a lot of the time in white ball cricket, extremely versatile in what he does. His dot ball percentage is unbelievably low, his average is high, his strike rate high. From a number three that’s all you can ask.”
Aaron Finch, in the interim, said Australia were all the while looking for their ‘best recipe’ in ODI as the two groups lock horns following the Twenty20 arrangement in Southampton, which England won 2-1. The conflict will be the initial 50-over challenge between the sides since England won a year ago’s World Cup semi-last on their approach to lifting the trophy.
Finch, Australia’s white-ball chief, said his group had gained ground in ODI cricket lately however there was still opportunity to get better.
“Over the last couple of years we’re still searching for our best formula and our best 11 player’s day in, day out in the one-day format,” he said. “I don’t think there’s been any secret to that. There’s been great opportunity that we probably haven’t nailed in this format. We’ve played some really good cricket in patches and some indifferent cricket in other patches.”
Australia are fifth in the worldwide ODI rankings however are the main side in T20 cricket.
The captains help that it was significant that Australia got their ‘measures truly abounding in one-day cricket’ as they look forward to the 2023 World Cup. He said, “I think it’s just finding a consistent selection formula.”
“We did a lot of work in the Covid break on how we think we can structure our one-day cricket and where we think we need to get to for that 2023 World Cup. It’s about getting as much information all the time to give us the best chance of winning consistently. One-day cricket is a hard game, especially away from home.”
Be that as it may, he cautioned England had fortunate capability with bat and ball.
“They keep coming at you,” he said. “There’s no part in a 20-over game or a 50-over game that you can take your foot off the gas because there will be someone there to take the opportunity away from you.
“I think their form in white-ball cricket has been exceptional in both formats over the last few years,” he added. “Obviously their one-day game has probably been the benchmark since probably 2016 so it’s going to be a great challenge.”
Team England are probably going to leave Friday with nine of the 11 players who began that uncommon World Cup last against New Zealand at Lord’s in July a year ago. Just Liam Plunkett and Ben Stokes are missing, and Stokes is missing simply because he is back in his local New Zealand for family reasons. Australia are sure to incorporate all-rounder Mitch Marsh after his game dominating turn in the last T20 of the arrangement on Tuesday. Bog has been in and out of the side for as long as decade, showing up since his introduction at 19 of every 2011 and continually appearing to be the fall fellow when the group is exchanged around.
“He has got a good opportunity over the next couple of years to cement that spot,” Finch said in a vote of confidence in Marsh.
Finch included that wicket-attendant Alex Carey will hold the gloves in front of Matthew Wade. England has played only two ODI arrangement since winning the World Cup just because, drawing with South Africa at the turn of the year and beating Ireland this late spring. In reality, the English are hoping to finish an unbeaten arrangement of arrangement over all configurations this mid-year, having additionally beaten the West Indies and Pakistan in Tests and drawn with Pakistan in T20s. The staying one-dyers will be played on Sunday and Wednesday.
ENGLAND: Eoin Morgan (captain), Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Tom Banton, Sam Billings, Jos Buttler, Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Jofra Archer, Sam Curran, Tom Curran, Mark Wood, Adil Rashid.
AUSTRALIA: Aaron Finch (captain), David Warner, Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, Marcus Stoinis, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins, Ashton Agar, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Kane Richardson, Adam Zampa.