Australia v England: Fifth ODI Preview

Batsman faces bowler in front of packed cordon

We preview the fifth and final ODI between Australia and England to take place at Perth Stadium on Sunday morning. 

Having lost the series but avoided a whitewash, the Aussies can now aim to close the scoreline to a respectable three-two at a venue that will make its international debut.

England have an awful top-order collapse to recover from and, with the opportunity to blank the Aussies five-nil wasted, might use Sunday's clash get their bench warmers some game time.


Australia v England | Sunday, 28 January | Perth Stadium | 5:20

To Win Match
Australia 72/100 | Tie 35/1 | England 23/20 

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Australia
After testing a couple of seam-bowling combinations across the bulk of the series, the Aussies seem to have finally found the right one - and this will probably mean Jhye Richardson and Mitchell Starc won't play in Perth.

Regardless of the composition, the attack would like to replicate their performance in the fourth ODI - and then follow through. Having reduced the English to eight for five, the hosts shouldn't have conceded a total of 196.

Travis Head proved a handy opener in the absence of Aaron Finch at the Adelaide Oval, so there's no real reason this shouldn't continue, even if Finch is available after recovering from injury.

It would be nice to see Glenn Maxwell selected. A late addition to the squad, he has a point to prove to a few doubters, including Steven Smith and Ricky Ponting, who were rather public with their criticism of Maxwell's motivation recently. 

The Perth Stadium is brand new cricket - and will welcome a belated arrival after missing the chance to host the third Ashes Test. A hard, flat deck is expected - and therefore a high score from the team who bats first.

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England
The visitors will, of course, want to make this four-one - and keep their momentum going ahead of the T20I tri-series against the Aussies and New Zealand next month. Can they bounce back from Adelaide's inadequacies, though?

A score bordering on 200 was never going to be enough to defend, even if they did recover from the loss of five very early wickets. They might want to throw Sam Billings or Dawid Malan into the middle order for good measure.

On a bowling front, they won't likely send down as many as 19 overs of spin - as witnessed on Friday - 48 hours later. The Perth pitch will warrant more from Tom Curran, who bowled just two overs in the fourth ODI.

Pressure remains on Moeen Ali, who still hasn't scored a half-century or managed anything significant with the ball this entire tour. Again, he shouldn't be dropped - and could be in for a particularly intriguing tussle with Pat Cummins.

England must practise their defence and attack to the slower ball in the lead-up to this final fixture. Andrew Tye used his trademark 'knuckle' delivery to near perfection in Adelaide, with more variations anticipated in Perth.

Verdict: Australia 72/100
The home side are tipped to follow up their Australia Day triumph with another, especially if Maxwell cracks the nod and really tucks into a tiring opposition pace attack.


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Written by Jonhenry Wilson for Hollywoodbets

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