What: Australia v England, 3rd ODI
Venue: Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney
When: Sunday, Jan. 19
Start time: 3:20 a.m. GMT; 2:20 p.m. local time
Live on: Sky Sports 2
Weather: Sunny intervals
Australia (possible) 1. David Warner, 2. Aaron Finch, 3. Shaun Marsh, 4. Michael Clarke (capt), 5. George Bailey / Steve Smith, 6. Glenn Maxwell, 7. Brad Haddin (wk), 8. James Faulkner, 9. Mitchell Johnson, 10. Clint McKay, 11. Xavier Doherty / James Pattinson.
England (possible) 1. Alastair Cook (capt), 2. Ian Bell, 3. Michael Carberry / Joe Root, 4. Gary Ballance, 5. Eoin Morgan, 6. Ravi Bopara, 7. Jos Buttler (wk), 8. Ben Stokes, 9. Stuart Broad, 10. Chris Jordan, 11. Tim Bresnan / James Tredwell.
The last remnants of opportunity for England to salvage something from this miserable tour lie here in Sydney. England, 2-0 down in the series after Australia, led by James Faulkner, pulled off an outstanding heist in Brisbane on Friday, must win this match if they are to retain hopes of winning this series.
There was, inevitably a great deal of criticism directed at England following their inability to beat Australia in Brisbane despite having them nine wickets down. However, some perspective needs to be added to proceedings.
Although England missed a golden opportunity to finally win on this tour, they played some excellent cricket in the match, and they were dominant for much of it. Cook’s captaincy and the nature of the defeat were obviously disappointing but this Australian side are in excellent form, and they are hard to stop.
Heading to Sydney it appears that England may make at least one change to their side that lost in Brisbane, with vice-captain Stuart Broad available once again and he could take the place of Boyd Rankin, while Tim Bresnan’s place could be under threat from spinner James Tredwell.
Joe Root, meanwhile, who has been struggling for form, is also under pressure with calls for Michael Carberry to replace him.
Australia may be forced into dropping George Bailey who is suffering from a groin strain, while Nathan Coulter-Nile may be displaced by Xavier Doherty or James Pattinson.
If Australia win in Sydney it will be the first time in five Ashes campaigns that the victorious team has gone on to win the ODI series.
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