England’s captain Alastair Cook will have a preview of what Australia have brought along when he plays for his county Essex in a warm-up match against the Aussies.
Cook, who ran rampant against Australian bowlers down under, had scored 766 runs in 5 tests they played. Australia are in England this time and will have definitely made some changes to the bowling attack this time around, something the English skipper can experience and be ready for, when the ODI series officially starts.
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“They're the No1-ranked side, so it's going to be a good test of us in our home conditions,” he was quoted saying.
His frustration was also clear as rains had stopped Australia’s match against Ireland in Belfast.
“The weather has been frustrating – I've hit more balls indoors this season than I think I ever have,” he added.
With a high probability of the ODI series being affected by passing showers, both the teams will be hoping all their hard work bears some kind of result in the end.
England have won 6 consecutive ODIs now at home and will be the favorites, though not by a huge margin. The Australians aren’t about to give up or give in to any kind of pressure at all. There have been press conferences day in and day out and a lot of players on either side have spoken about the series, which is shaping up to be one of the most anticipated series of the season yet.
Cook later added that Ravi Bopara might also join him in the Essex game against the Aussies. With Australia’s bowling line-up completely new and fresh, there’s no saying how much these two batsmen can learn from the warm-up match and later implement in into the series.