England just haven't been a good test team in last two years but they've also achieved their best form in limited overs format than ever, winning T20 world cup 2010 and earlier, reaching the finals of ICC Champions trophy..
Last time England were in Australia, they surrendered Ashes 0-5 but consolation came through tri-series victory which also involved New Zealand. This year 2011, England play 2 twenty20 and then 7 one day series with hosts Australia, moving all round the country and entertaining the crowd. Andrew Strauss will captain England in ODI while Paul Collingwood is their T20 skipper.
Fixtures : Eng v Aus 2011
This will be last chance for both Australia and England to finalise their main squad for the upcoming world cup 2011 in India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.
Absense of Stuart Broad, who injured himself after second Ashes test last year, will not be returning for the one day series which makes a vacancy for Warwickshire right arm medium pacer Chris Woakes. he's been a consistent performer in English county circuit for quite some time now and 7 ODI series will be a chance for him to stake a claim for world cup berth.
England's fast bowling attack will be headed by James Anderson and Chris Tremlett but ability of Ajmal Shahzad can't be ignored. The hussling right arm seamer is capable of moving the ball both ways and also bowls at lively pace. With Woakes under study, visitors will have a relatively in-experienced attack but surely a talented one.
Tim Bresnan and Michael Yardy are two big reasons for England's good performance in ODI & T20 format in recent times. Bresnan bowls with the new ball, can complete his quota of overs each match and then he can make quick runs lower down the order while Yardy was a left handed batsman who's imporved his left arm spin immensly in last couple of years and now is ready for success both with bat & ball. Left arm spinners are a trump card against Aussies and Yardy will test out home team this series.
England batting will depend on Andrew Strauss, Paul Collingwood and Kevin Pietersen but youngsters Ian Bell and Jonathan Trott are in form too. Both all these five batsmen know how to build an innings and they'll do well if they can bat out their 50 overs each match in next 7 games. and the, we've multi talented Eoin Morgan. Left handed Irish has a cool head and all the shots in the book (plus few more) to win a game for his adopted country from practically any situation.
Steven Davies is now first choice wicket keeper for England in limited over format but Criag Kieswetter has been included as an opener in twenty20 series, for his ability to counter attack during the power play overs. Davies is very good sqaure of the wicket which should serve him well on bouncy Aussie pitches this season.
England's spin department will be headed by Graeme Swann along with Michael Yardy but surprize pick if Kent off-spinner James Trewell. Probably, English selectors want to keep an extra spinner in the mix before the sub-continent world cup.
Andrew Strauss (Middlesex, ODI captain - not in T20)
Paul Collingwood (Durham, T20 captain)
Ian Bell (Warwickshire)
Jonathan Trott (Warwickshire)
Tim Bresnan (Yorkshire)
Steven Davies (Surrey)
Eoin Morgan (Middlesex)
Craig Kieswetter (Somerset - T20 squad only)
Kevin Pietersen (Surrey)
Ajmal Shahzad (Yorkshire)
James Anderson (Lancashire)
Graeme Swann (Nottinghamshire)
James Tredwell (Kent)
Chris Tremlett (Surrey)
Chris Woakes (Warwickshire)
Luke Wright (Sussex)
Michael Yardy (Sussex)