What: Australia vs. England, 5th One-Day International
Where: The Adelaide Oval
When: Sunday, Jan. 26, 3 a.m. GMT
Live Stream/TV info: Sky Sports 2
TV info: Sky Sports 2, 3 a.m.-12 p.m. GMT; highlights Sky Sports 2, 2 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 9 p.m. and 12:30 a.m. GMT
Australia: Michael Clarke (captain), George Bailey, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Daniel Christian, Xavier Doherty, James Faulkner, Aaron Finch, Mitchell Johnson, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Clint McKay, James Pattinson, Steve Smith, Matthew Wade (wicketkeeper), Shane Watson
England: Alastair Cook (captain), Gary Ballance, Ian Bell, Ravi Bopara, Tim Bresnan, Danny Briggs, Stuart Broad, Jos Buttler (wicketkeeper), Michael Carberry, Steve Finn, Chris Jordan, Eoin Morgan, Boyd Rankin, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, James Tredwell
Australia: Michael Clarke’s men have already wrapped up this five-match series, leading 3-1 going into this decider at the Adelaide Oval, although they did slip up last time out in Perth to hand England their first win of the tour.
Having said that, the home side still outclassed the tourists to earn comfortable wins in the 1st and 3rd one-day internationals (ODI) and will start as favourites to end their memorable summer on a high in this final encounter.
England: The tourists’ under-strength and relatively inexperienced side could quite feasibly have been heading to Adelaide on Sunday for a series decider but for Australia all-rounder James Faulkner’s stunning late heroics with the bat in the second match in Brisbane.
However, Friday’s 57-run win at the WACA will have given Alastair Cook’s team great self-belief going into this last ODI, especially with the Aussies set to stick with a number of their back-up players.
But England will know that they cannot afford any more displays like those they produced in Melbourne or Sydney if they wish to earn scarcely believable back-to-back wins against their hosts.
Australia: Aaron Finch
In the absence of fellow big-hitting left-handed opener David Warner, the Victorian is Australia’s most in-form, and also dangerous, player on current form with now already two hundreds in the series.
And with a hugely impressive 269 runs to his name so far in the four internationals from just 273 balls, England need no reminding of just how dangerous the 27-year-old will be to their hopes of victory on Sunday.
England: Eoin Morgan
The ginger-haired middle-order batsman has been nothing but consistent so far in the series, having registered two 50s and a century while racking up an equally eye-catching series aggregate to date of 243 runs off only 237 deliveries.
And there’s no doubt about it—when the ice-cool Irishman is playing like he has been in the opening four ODIs, he is a world-class 50-over batsman.
Weather: We are expecting a high of 37 and a low of 24 degrees Celsius for this day-nighter, with not a cloud in the sky or a hint of rain to disrupt proceedings.
Pitch: The most recent ODI played at the ground was last January when Sri Lanka romped home by eight wickets after winning the toss and bowling the home side out for just 170 in 46.5 overs, with paceman Lasith Maligna leading the way with figures of three for 32.
And in reply, Sri Lanka chased down their victory target in only 40.1 overs, thanks to an unbeaten hundred from No. 3 Lahiru Thirimanne in what was also a day-night affair.
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