We take a look at the 3rd and final ODI of the series between England and Australia.
2 fascinating matches so far have left the contest tied at 1 apiece but we think England will have enough to close out the victory.
For the second time on their tour of England, Australia wilted under pressure with victory insight in the last match.
Chasing 232, the Baggy Greens were well placed at 144-2 with the series within their grasp but collapsed amid excellent bowling from the hosts.
With so much batting talent on show, will the bowlers continue to dominate in Manchester?
Keep reading for our analysis and top tips ahead of the clash at Old Trafford.
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In the last match, Jofra Archer, Chris Woakes and Sam Curran came to the fore for England with three wickets each. Aaron Finch and Marnus Labuschagne had engineered a match-winning position for the tourists, but neither batsman was able to see the Aussies over the line.
It was the second time in the game that Finch’s men failed to capitalise on a dominant position. Outstanding performances from Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Starc and Adam Zampa had reduced the Three Lions to 149-8.
However, Adil Rashid and Tom Curran combined to lift England to a competitive total of 231-9. It gave the bowlers something to work with and it was enough for Eoin Morgan’s men to level the series.
England have been far from their best in the ODI series thus far, but will have taken a great deal of confidence from their victory and are the favourites with the cricket betting sites.
It’s all to play for in the final match of the summer and both teams will want to end the respective period by taking the series.
The fireworks that England have produced with regularity with the bat over the last five years have not been present in the first two matches. The Three Lions have been underwhelming outside of Sam Billings’ maiden century in a losing effort in the opener.
Jason Roy has struggled for rhythm, while the same can be said of Joe Root at number three and Jos Buttler in the middle order. Australia have been excellent with the ball at the top of the innings, but there has been a lack of patience from the England batsmen.
They cannot be expected to thrive on all occasions, but other than Billings and an 84 from Jonny Bairstow – no one has applied themselves to dig in for the anchor role.
The team have one last chance to address those issues ahead of a winter of uncertainty and before players travel off to play in the Indian Premier League.
Archer, Woakes and both Currans were outstanding – first to drag England back into the game before Rashid claimed the final wicket.
They’ve been on point throughout the series and are improving as a cohesive unit, although work still needs to be done to replace Liam Plunkett’s wicket-taking ability in the middle overs.
Sam and Tom Curran will have another chance to press their case for permanent roles in the side after impressing in the second ODI. They could hold the answer for the Three Lions for a long-term solution to their issues.
England have not been beaten at home in an ODI series since being beaten by the Aussies 3-2 in 2015. They will be determined to extend their record into 2021, making victory over their rivals in the decider imperative.
The Baggy Greens should have had the series wrapped up. They failed to close out the contest, despite being less than 100 runs within sight of their target with ample time on the board and having eight wickets at their disposal.
It was eerily similar to their defeat in the opening T20 of their tour. Australia cannot afford to spurn opportunities of that nature in the future.
Their collapse could well have cost them the series, while their bowling performance at the end of the innings was also poor.
Justin Langer will be furious with his team for not closing out the series. They could well have beaten England in the T20 and ODI series had they displayed composure in the key moments.
On the bright side Hazlewood and Starc have been extremely impressive opening the bowling. Zampa has been outstanding as a wicket-taking option in the middle overs, troubling the England batsmen with his variations.
Australia still have a good chance to leaving England with a victory, but those players will have to be at their best again. Pat Cummins was disappointing at the death, allowing Tom Curran and Rashid to tee off.
Langer and Finch will need a discussion about the make-up of their attack. It may result in Cummins being left out of the final ODI after two underwhelming outings.
The batsmen too have been up-and-down. Players such as Alex Carey and Marcus Stoinis may be on their last opportunity to prove they belong in the side.
The forecast is once again fine for the contest and there should be a complete match. The pitch at Old Trafford has been on the slow side.
There has been something in it for the bowlers rather than the flat tracks seen in the past. It could be another low-scoring thriller on Wednesday.
Australia should have put the series to bed, but failed to display a semblance of composure under pressure. England have been far from their best, but have managed to find a way to take parity into the final game.
Morgan and his men have developed a healthy habit of winning games. It might be just enough to close out another contest to extend their unbeaten record in a bilateral series into 2021 – therefore our top cricket tip for the day is to back England for the win.
England To Beat Australia 3rd ODI – 1.72 Betway