After retaining the prestigious Ashes title from
If you want to get the live score and updates of the first ODI between
Date: 4 September 2009
Venue: Kennington Oval,
Kick off: 3:00 local (12:00 GMT)
Both sides are missing some of their star cricketers.
Australian side is missing their regular captain Ricky Ponting as he has been rested, but he might be back towards the end of the series. So, his deputy Michael Clarke would lead the visitors in the ODI series. Another notable absence is wicketkeeper batsman Brad Haddin who has not got over his finger injury yet. His back up Graham Manou is also uncertain for the series as he is suffering from hand injury. So, Australian selectors called up Tim Paine to keep the wickets, and the Tasmanian wicketkeeper is expected to play the first game.
Australian coach Tim Nielsen would go on a break after the fourth ODI of the series, and his assistant would take over as acting coach until Nielsen joins the
New York Times reported:
"The Australian team has played back-to-back international cricket since September 2008 and looking at the busy schedule over the next 12 months, we believe it is the right time for Tim to take a break," CA general manager of cricket Michael Brown said in a statement.
"This will provide an excellent opportunity for Tim's assistant, Troy Cooley, to continue his professional development by stepping up as acting coach for the remainder of the tour."
So, it would be interesting to see how Australian team fares without their regular captain and coach. In fact, there some many who called for the sacking of Ponting and Nielsen from their assigned jobs following
"Our next challenge is a massive one, away in
," said Strauss. South Africa
"But we can take confidence from this and the long-term goal is to be the number one side in the world."
opener added: "It is going to take a lot of graft to get there. England
"We are not number one in the world, and we are far from it, we are honest enough to know that.
I totally agree with Strauss in this regard.
It is true that
So, I think,
Australian batting order could also look less strong than it appears normally in the absence of Ponting and Haddin. However, I think, Australian batting line up looks slightly stronger than
When it comes to pace attack, I do not think any side has any advantage over the opposition. However, having seen Brett Lee’s performance in the first Twenty20, I think, Australian pace attack could be a bit stronger than the pace attack of the hosts.
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Overall, I think,