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England Vs Australia 3rd One Day International 9 Sep Live

Ravi BoparaThe Aussies are 2-0 up and would dearly love to wrap up the series before Ricky Ponting even comes back to the side in order to allow him a perfect return gift. But for that, they will need to win two games in a row, including one on Wednesday at Southampton, to go up 4-0 and clinch the series.

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England had enough chances in both the games to win the tie, but only managed to stuff up the run-chase in the end. In fact, in the second ODI, they also had a chance to wrap up the Aussie innings on a score much lower than 249/8 after the visitors had collapsed to 208/8 with only 26 balls to spare when man-of-the-match Mitchell Johnson swung the match in their favour by smashing 43 off 23 balls.

The English side will have to put their thinking cap on and check where they are going wrong. For starters, their batting order needs some firepower at the start, and Ravi Bopara struggle is taking away some precious balls in the opening powerplays. Instead, if someone like a Matt Prior could open the innings for the English side, it could help them into getting a quick start.

The bowling is another worry for the hosts, but that is more to do with some surprising selections and bowling changes. For some reason, the English side decided to do away with the bowling of Adil Rashid, who had shone in the first game with his economical bowling, and instead had a batsman coming into the side - a clear indication of how less confident the English side is about their batting. But even as Graeme Swann has looked like their most economical bowler, for the second game in a row, he was afforded only eight of his full quota of ten overs! He had conceded only 31 in his eight.

The Aussies, on the other hand, look like a confident lot. Tim Paine may have struggled at the top, but he will be given another go, while Cameron White continues to shine with the bat. Callum Ferguson is Australia's next big star with another fifty being scored by him, and with the rest of them all chipping in with the runs, it does look like the top order does not need too much more in terms of ammunition.

Brett Lee's return to form so quickly, and Johnson's man-of-the-match performance will hold the Aussies in good stead for the third ODI, and unless the English side can come up with something extraordinarily special, the Aussies could just end up stream-rolling the opposition. Flintoff and Pietersen's absence continues to hurt!

Tags:- Mitchell Johnson   Ravi Bopara   Matt Prior   Cameron White   Graeme Swann   Callum Ferguson   Adil Rashid  

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