What: England versus Australia, fourth ODI
Where: Sophia Gardens, Cardiff
When: Saturday, September 14, 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 have just two games left in their bumper summer and the they meet for their penultimate one-day international in Cardiff on Saturday.
With two of the three one-day internationals already ruined by rain, previews are almost becoming futile. The MET Office has given the all-clear for Cardiff on Saturday, so there should be a full game on.
England have played Australia at Sophia Gardens just once before, with the hosts coming out top in 2010. Overall, England have played just six games at the venue, winning three and the rest being rained off.
Both teams will be feeling a bit short-changed by the weather as each have certain goals for the series. England are in search of some back-up players for the 2015 World Cup while Australia simply want a win to boost their confidence before they head home.
The hosts are looking for a big-hitter to back up to Kevin Pietersen, an additional seamer and an all-rounder of sorts. They might find those qualities all in one person, but nobody has emerged as yet.
Michael Carberry, who has been drafted in as an opener, has had a particularly hard time with just 15 runs in three innings, including 10 on his debut against Ireland.
England captain Eoin Morgan, though, has insisted that England will be persisting with Carberry for the remainder of the series. Cricket365 reported Morgan as saying:
He's had a bit of a hard time of it to be honest. But he's experienced enough to know that it's swings and roundabouts. We've 100 percent backing for 'Carbs' at the moment, because we've seen how hard he works and the success he's had. We'd like to see that over the next two games. But if not he's always got his basics to fall back on - and go again.
Carberry has had a good season domestically, scoring 502 runs in the domestic T20 at 55.77 and 471 at 47.10 in the domestic 40-over competition. Despite his international blips, England will hope he finds some impetus in the remaining two games which the hosts say they will be treating "like a semi-final and a final."
England seem unlikely to make any changes to their lineup. Possible changes could be Luke Wright to replace a batsman or Chris Jordan coming in for a bowling swap. However, England insisted that they put their "best XI" on the park for their last rained out match in Birmingham and in their losing cause in Manchester.
Australia, meanwhile, have no qualms with mixing things up. They dropped Fawad Ahmed in favour of Josh Hazlewood in Birmingham, despite Ahmed generating reasonable returns with figures of 7-0-55-1 in Manchester.
That chopping and changing again reiterated the theory that Australia are desperately searching for a consistent spinner. So desperate are they, that they'd drop their frontline spinner for a fast bowler. Whether that is still a symptom of Shane Warne's retirement, only time will tell.
With the wicket likely to favour the quicker bowlers, Australia might well persist with their starting XI from Birmingham.
For both teams, the match presents another opportunity to see which players have got the goods. With weather an uncertainty for the final clash in Southampton next week, this might be the last opportunity to trial some of their rookies.
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