What: England versus Australia, second ODI
Where: Old Trafford, Manchester
When: Wednesday, September 8, 10:15 a.m. BST
Live Stream: Sky Sports 2
TV info: Sky Sports 2, 9:30 a.m.–7 p.m. BST, highlights Channel 5, 7 p.m.–8 p.m. BST
England and Australia's first one-day international was completely washed out due to rain. It was not possible to bowl a single ball and officials had the sense to call things off before 15:00 so that everyone wasn't left waiting around.
The good news is that there are four more ODIs to look forward to. The bad news is that there is a very small chance of rain in Manchester on Sunday, according to the MET Office. It's a far better forecast than the one for Headingley, though, and some play should at least be possible, even if it gets shortened.
Not too much will change for the teams. England will still be looking to avoid an Ashes hangover after a long and successful summer in the Test format. England have won six out of nine ODI series at home and walloped Australia 4-0 last year. However, they failed in their last two post-Ashes series, both in 2009 and 2010-11.
Eoin Morgan, who captained England to victory against Ireland earlier in the week, said that the team was aware of their tendency to hit slumps when the format switches.
"We've talked about it in previous series before and this series is no different, we need to turn up, produce our skills, at crucial times we need to stand up and be counted. I think everybody is aware of the responsibility that's on their shoulders and what is expected," Morgan said.
England have to ponder their team carefully and might opt for a bit of shuffling in the order since they might want to rest the likes of Alastair Cook a little bit longer. Kevin Pietersen could partner with international rookie Michael Carberry at the top—Morgan was full of praise for him. Morgan said:
Kev offers a hell of a lot as a senior player and as a batsman. As a senior player he leads by example and with the confidence he goes about his business, people rub off on that and that's crucial. When I first came into the team he was one of the most senior players and he was a guy you could turn too and ask questions and have no hesitation turning too for a positive option. In that regard he is fantastic to have in the squad.
The top order should be a fairly straight-forward affair for England, but things become a little bit more tricky in the middle. After both Morgan and Ravi Bopara scored hundreds in the warm-up match and Jos Buttler slotting in at number seven with the gloves—England need another bowler. Ben Stokes is likely to fill that role in an all-rounder capacity. Despite being sent home from a Lions tour in Australia for partying a bit too much, Stokes has vowed that he has learned from his mistakes.
Whatever the line-ups, there should finally be some one-day cricket at Manchester and it should be fiercely contested, as only rivals can do.
England probable XI: Kevin Pietersen, Michael Carberry, Jonathan Trott, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (capt), Ravi Bopara, Jos Buttler (wkt), Ben Stokes, James Tredwell, Steven Finn, Boyd Rankin.
Australia (probable): Aaron Finch, Shaun Marsh, Shane Watson, Michael Clarke (capt), George Bailey, James Faulkner, Matthew Wade (wkt), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Mitchell Johnson, Clint McKay, Fawad Ahmed.