Australia v England
5th ODI, 03:20GMT
A consolation win at the Adelaide Oval means that Australia won’t be whitewashed in the ODI series, and they have their opening bowlers to thank for that win. In a stunning display from Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood England found themselves at a remarkable 8/5 with four of the top six gone for ducks.
From there it was impossible to recover as England posted an uncompetitive 196 all out, a total they only reached thanks to 78 from Chris Woakes who became the first man in ODI history to post back-to-back fifties batting at No.8.
England have been susceptible of these kinds of batting displays in the recent past, even as their ODI form has reached new heights. They were 26/6 against South Africa in the summer and also had a batting aberration in the semi-final of the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy. They have tended to come back strong after these setbacks and they will be hoping for the same at the new Perth Stadium.
Australia will be hoping that this win kickstarts their ODI form having struggled in recent times in this format. While the bowlers were fantastic in that win in Adelaide it was far from a complete performance. More is expected from the middle order.
Aaron Finch has been ruled out of the match with injury so that means Travis Head will continue as opener after his 96 in Adelaide. The question will be whether Cameron White gets another go at No.3 or if Glenn Maxwell makes his return to the side.
It will be hot and sunny in Perth for this match, a top temperature of 29°C is expected with no chance of rain. As far as the pitch, the outfield and the stadium in general we just don’t know. This is the first match that has been played at the newly built Perth Stadium which will replace the WACA Ground for big matches in the city. 60,000 spectators are expected for this first match, it should be a momentous occasion.
Steve Smith (Aus)
It has been slim pickings for Steve Smith in white ball cricket in recent times, a stark contrast with his otherworldly form in Tests. He is always his harshest critic and sets unbelievably high standards for himself. More is expected from him in ODIs and he will be hoping he can start putting that right in Perth in front of a sellout crowd. He has 90 runs in four innings; this is the perfect chance for Smith to fix that.
Chris Woakes (Eng)
Back-to-back fifties and some creditable bowling displays has seen Chris Woakes step into the shoes left vacant by Ben Stokes. His lower-order runs have been vital in the last two matches and he has stepped up opening the bowling. He is vital to balancing this team and rescuing the top order if they fail.
Australia: David Warner, Travis Head, Glenn Maxwell, Steve Smith (c), Mitchell Marsh, Marcus Stoinis, Tim Paine (wk), Pat Cummins, Andrew Tye, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood.
England: Jason Roy, Johnny Bairstow, Alex Hales, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (c), Jos Buttler (wk), Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid, Tom Curran, Mark Wood.