Smith was a late withdrawal from Friday's first ODI, which Australia won by 19 runs to go 1-0 up in the three-match series, after sustaining a blow on the head in the nets from a throw-down by a coaching staff member on the eve of the match. … [Read more...] about England vs Australia: Steve Smith passes concussion test, available to play second ODI
Post concussion tests
With Australia having lost half their side, Morgan went for the kill as he employed Rashid and Archer in tandem. But Marsh and Maxwell kept them at bay, with the latter even putting away a short ball from the legspinner for the first six of the innings to help Australia past 150 in the 30th over. Maxwell also didn't allow Moeen Ali to settle down, driving and reverse-sweeping the spinner for boundaries. Marsh, who was the more sedate of the two - scoring occasional fours and focusing on rotating the strike - got to his fifty off 75 balls. Maxwell, on the other hand, got to the half-century mark off 43 deliveries, scoring his second six off Rashid en route, as Australia reached 218 at the end of the 40th over. … [Read more...] about Billings maiden ODI ton in vain as Australia take 1-0 lead
What to expect: Morgan has asked for pitches with some turn this summer. He wouldn't mind them slower and not coming on to the bat very uniformly. That'll after all give his two spinners the best chance to get the Aussies to force the pace, literally, and thereby bringing them into the game a lot more. Adil Rashid has managed to rattle the middle-order regularly during this short tour, but some more assistance for him and Moeen Ali could in turn make Finch & Co to change their approach, which could be the opening the hosts need. It'll also be interesting to see if England decide to alter their method slightly and bat first if they win the toss, thereby giving them the best chance to post the kind of total that'll help them to get the Aussies off their game. … [Read more...] about Can England master restrictive cricket challenge?