Australia are currently playing England at Headingley in the fourth match of this ODI series. The visitors will undoubtedly be pulling out all of the stops, to get revenge, for England having taken the Ashes just a few weeks ago.
Australia could secure the title of the series if they put on a good show in Leeds. Given the rain that we have had in recent weeks, it is somewhat surprising that the away side have the upper hand on wickets that move a little more than they are used to. Something, they were not able to do whilst competing for the Ashes.
Australia beat England at Southampton and then Lords, whilst England managed to claim victory at Old Trafford.
England’s Adil Rashid proved essential to the team’s victory at Old Trafford and he has manged to take no less than seven wickets in this series. The Spinner has spoken out with regards to his performance in this series so far:
“When I came into this one-day series I had a clear mind-set of what my role is in this team and what I’m looking to do, It’s a different set-up from when I first came in a whole different environment. My mind-set is a lot clearer, the coaches, the captain, the mind-set of the team is a lot clearer.”
Referring to the skilled Australian batsman he added:
“And playing against the best batsmen in the world gives you confidence, especially if you’re taking a few wickets as well.”
There is no doubt that England’s new captain has proved vital to the team’s success this year. But, with Australia sitting as strong favourites, it seems he might not be able to guide the home team to win on this occasion. Nothing is over yet however so here’s hoping England can bring the competition back up to an even level!
Author Lisa Wood
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