Australia vs. England, 4th ODI: Date, Time, Live Stream, TV Info and Preview

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Australia vs. England, 4th ODI: Date, Time, Live Stream, TV Info and Preview
Rob Griffith/Associated Press

Australia have already won the ODI series against England, but they have a chance to continue their clean sweep when the two sides clash for the fourth ODI on Friday.

Venue: WACA, Perth

Commences: Friday, Jan. 24, 2014

Start time: 3:20 a.m. GMT (11:20 a.m. local)

Live on: Sky Sports 2

Weather:  According to Accuweather, it will be hot and sunny in Perth on Friday with highs reaching up to 33 degrees Celsius.

 

Overview

They say the night is always darkest before the dawn, but England's current tour of Australia looks to have no dawn in sight for the visitors. They remain winless in the one-day series and Australia have added motivation for the fourth one-day international. After New Zealand beat India earlier this week, Australia are top of the ODI rankings and will remain there if they beat England in the fourth ODI.

The ODIs have offered a mixed bag of matches, with England looking like they might get close to a win on occasion, only for that dream to be shattered in a series of different, devastating ways. With the series wrapped up and in the bag, though, Australia have rested some key players with Michael Clarke, Shane Watson, David Warner and Brad Haddin all being given some reprieve. George Bailey has been named stand-in skipper and after missing the previous ODI with a flexor niggle, he is now fit and ready to lead the side.

England's picture is far more bleak. If they lose here it will be their 10th consecutive loss in all formats, which equals their losing streaks from 1993 and 2001 (as the Independent highlight). Alastair Cook's captaincy continues to be under scrutiny and pressure is mounting on him to produce a result or ship out.

The last time the two teams met for an ODI at the WACA in Perth was in February 2011 with Australia winning easily by 57 runs. Only three ODIs have been played at the WACA between the two teams with Australia holding the edge 2-1. The pace and bounce in the pitch should make for good entertainment if you're a fan of fast bowling.

 

Key players

Australia

James Faulkner has put in two crafty performances in a row now. First, he pulled off a heist to help Australia win the ODI in Brisbane with the bat, then he backed it up with a tidy bowling performance in Sydney. He'll have to lead the bowling attack once again and the conditions at the WACA should be in his favour.

England

There is very little to be positive about for England at the moment, but one glimmer of hope might be Ian Bell. His 41 in Melbourne and 68 in Brisbane were hints that he might be returning to some kind of form. He had a blip in Sydney, but if England are to salvage something from this tour, he will be key in stabilising the top order and setting the foundation for a solid innings.

 

Squads

Australia

Aaron Finch, Shaun Marsh, George Bailey(c), Steven Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Matthew Wade(w), Daniel Christian, James Faulkner, Mitchell Johnson, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Xavier Doherty, Clint McKay, James Pattinson

England

Alastair Cook(c), Ian Bell, Ben Stokes, Gary Ballance, Eoin Morgan, Ravi Bopara, Jos Buttler(w), Tim Bresnan, Stuart Broad, Chris Jordan, James Tredwell, Chris Woakes, Joe Root, Boyd Rankin, Danny Briggs, Michael Carberry

Squads form Cricbuzz

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