After Australia secured a 5-0 whitewash in the recent Ashes series over England, attention now shifts to a series of five One Day Internationals, starting in Melbourne on Sunday.
Venue: Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne
Date: Sunday, January 12, 2013
Start time: 03:20 GMT
Live on: Sky Sports 2 (UK), Channel 9 (Australia)
Weather: According to AccuWeather, Melbourne may start slightly cloudy but will clear to leave a pleasant sunny day with highs of 26°C.
Thankfully for England, the torturous Ashes series is over, although they now start a series of five One Day Internationals against the Australia team that demolished them 5-0 in the Tests.
The Australians are more reluctant to rotate their squad, especially after such a dominant display in the Test series.
The only player to be rested for this game is England’s torturer-in-chief Mitchell Johnson, but there will be little respite for the tourists with James Pattinson, Clint McKay and Nathan Coulter-Nile in the squad and raring to go.
Darren Lehmann has indicated that players involved in the Tests will be rested at various points throughout the ODI series, but he is reluctant to rotate too heavily.
For England, this series represents a chance at some redemption, while Australia will be looking to retain their 100 percent winning record across all formats of the game.
Australia: Michael Clarke (capt), David Warner, Aaron Finch, Shane Watson, Shaun Marsh, George Bailey, Brad Haddin, Glenn Maxwell, James Faulkner, Mitchell Johnson, Nathan Coulter-Nile, James Pattinson, Clint McKay, Xavier Doherty.
England: Alastair Cook (capt), Gary Ballance, Ian Bell, Ravi Bopara, Tim Bresnan, Danny Briggs, Stuart Broad, Jos Buttler, Michael Carberry, Steven Finn, Chris Jordan, Eoin Morgan, Boyd Rankin, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, James Tredwell, Chris Woakes.
Before the Ashes series, there were suggestions that Brad Haddin was close to retiring from the game and that his powers were perhaps on the wane.
However, after a Test series in which he averaged 61.62 and scored at least 50 in every first innings, Haddin is still very much a key cog in Australia’s batting lineup and will need to be removed early by England’s bowlers.
However, he failed to convince in the role, and if Jos Buttler manages to show some good form in both facets of his game, he may force his way into the reckoning in time for the summer.