This is the one big match before the start of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020. It's 1-1 after two thrilling matches between England and Australia at Old Trafford, Manchester. And on Wednesday, at the same venue, top-ranked England will go against fifth-ranked Australia with an eye to complete a double this tour.
England defeated Australia 2-1 in the T20Is [In Pics]and still came short of wresting the numero spot in the ICC rankings for the shortest format of the game. But the Eoin Morgan-led outfit can consolidate their position as the top team in the ODIs with a win against a strong Aussie team. The visitors lost a golden opportunity to win the series against the reigning world champions on Sunday. Aaron Finch & Co were on course until they lost the plot in a dramatic batting collapse.
Besides fighting for their respective national teams, the England and Australia cricket stars will also use the match as probably the last warm-up before heading to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020, which starts on September 19 with a clash between Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings.
RESULT: Australia won by three wickets with two balls to spare. Take ODI series 2-1.
TOSS: England have won the toss and opted to bat first.
Playing XIs: No Steve Smith today.
England: Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (c), Jos Buttler (wk), Sam Billings, Chris Woakes, Tom Curran, Adil Rashid, Jofra Archer, Mark Wood.
Australia: David Warner, Aaron Finch (c), Marcus Stoinis, Marnus Labuschagne, Mitchell Marsh, Alex Carey (wk), Glenn Maxwell, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Adam Zampa.
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