So the prestigious ashes have been won, the action packed T20’s have passed and now just the five One Day Internationals remain. Without doubt, interest for these approaching matches has deteriorated dramatically from earlier in the summer, but after the ashes, nothing compares. Plus, there’s only so much cricket normal people can take by this point in the year. Even I have had too much to watch but don’t know my limit.
Anyway, it’s happening so lets look at the teams. England have decided to rest the big names for this one day series, further reducing the interest but that gives us the opportunity to look at some of the players coming through the England set up. Although it’s a chance for these youngsters to impress, I think that the England selectors have all but finalised the team that will play in the next ashes series. There is a possible battle between Rankin and Finn. Both similar bowlers, they could be competing for a place in the test side but clearly Finn has the edge with his experience. It’s also a chance for Eoin Morgan to prove himself as captain. I like Morgs. His calm presence, worldwide experience of limited over cricket and crisp Irish accent should make him a great captain.
From Australia’s point of view, they would fancy themselves against this England side. They have powerful batsmen in Watson, Finch and million dollar Maxwell as well as quality one day bowling from Clint Mckay and Faulkner. The mighty Mitch Johnson is also in the squad and I’m sure all the English fans will enjoy giving him plenty of
abuse support. For Australia, this series is a great opportunity to gain some momentum ahead of the forthcoming ashes series down under.
Aussies, if you do win lets not forget that we won the ashes.