England’s series of seven One Day Internationals against Australia start today, Friday September 4th with the opening game taking place at The Oval.
England head into the one-day series buoyed by the Ashes triumph and captain Andrew Strauss urged his players to use that success as inspiration as they look to build consistency into their one-day cricket. Consistency in One Day International cricket has not been a strong point for the England team and they will be looking to address the problem with a string of positive results.
Strauss has given his backing to Ravi Bopara who is drafted into the team following an injury to the Kent opening batsman Joe Denly during a pre match football game amongst the England squad yesterday.
Bopara was dropped for the final Ashes test following some poor performances with the bat during the series where he struggled to average 15 runs over seven innings. The Essex batsman responded to being dropped for the Ashes match by returning to his county game with a splendid double hundred over Surrey.
Going into the ODI series Australia will need no more incentive than their own recent memories of the Ashes and will be led by Michael Clarke for the first three matches while regular captain Ricky Ponting takes a well earned break.
Fast bowler Brett Lee is fired up and set to return to the team after injury robbed him of a place in the Ashes team. Lee may not pose the threat he did a few years back but his hunger for victory and his very presence is intimidating enough for most opposition.
There is nothing quite like One Day International cricket, a mini test match with all the excitement contained within one day, where do or die is the order of the day, with both World rankings and national pride at stake.
The seven match series takes place at various grounds around the country and tickets for the One Day Internationals are currently on sale for all venues.
The One Day International Series Fixtures:
Friday 4th September, Day/Night, Kennington Oval, London
Sunday 6th September, Day, Lords, London
Wednesday 9th September, Day/Night, Rose Bowl, Southampton
Saturday 12th September, Day, Lords, London
Tuesday 15th September, Day/Night, Trent Bridge, Nottingham
Thursday 17th September, Day/Night, Trent Bridge, Nottingham
Sunday 20th September, Day, Riverside Ground, Chester-le-Street
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