Australia vs England | 2nd ODI | Hobart | 21/01/2011

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The Big Picture

The first game at the MCG was the last chance for both teams to answer any selection queries before finalising their World Cup squads. And not everyone who played has made the cut - Steven Davies, Chris Tremlett and Xavier Doherty, for example. Now both teams can really begin their World Cup preparations in earnest.

Shane Watson's brilliant unbeaten 161 on Sunday gave Australia a 1-0 series lead, but the reality is that apart from Watson's innings, the rest of Australia's performance was no more than middling. Michael Clarke took up 57 balls and got out without hitting a boundary, and in the field his team allowed England to post nearly 300, with a few too many missed run-outs and stumpings and dropped catches. Australia's World Cup defence begins in just over a month, and they need to be working better as a unit instead of being carried by one magnificent individual effort.

Not that England can be very pleased with their display at the MCG, either. After 30 overs they'd posted 3 for 174, a position from which they should have reached well over 300. And their attack, without James Anderson, didn't look terribly threatening. They too need to hone their form ahead of the World Cup, and they'll do so in Hobart without Graeme Swann, who has a knee problem.

Both teams have been hit by fitness concerns, with Michael Hussey now at home in Perth after undergoing surgery on a serious hamstring injury he picked up while running a sharp two during the win at the MCG. The Australians are also without Mitchell Johnson, who has a throat infection and didn't fly to Hobart with the team. "He has improved in the last 24 hours and is expected to meet the team in Sydney on Saturday," the physio Alex Kountouris said.

Form guide

(completed matches, most recent first)
Australia WWLLL
England LWLLW

Watch out for...

Remember Nathan Hauritz? He's that spinner Australia had been grooming for two years only to discard him on the eve of the Ashes in favour of a one-day specialist who failed to hold his place after two Tests. And now that one-day specialist, Xavier Doherty, has been cut from the limited-overs team, leaving Hauritz as the main man for the World Cup. He hasn't played for his country since November 5, and rest assured he wants to stick it to the selectors who didn't stick with him.

Like Hauritz, Matt Prior didn't play the opening ODI in Melbourne. Davies was the preferred gloveman, which was an odd choice given Prior's powerful striking and impressive form during the Ashes. But come World Cup selection time, England went with the experience of Prior, and as a result he's finished his Twenty20 stint with Victoria and flown to Hobart to join the one-day squad. He'll open the batting with Andrew Strauss, and the Australians know that if they don't get rid of Prior early, he could be a matchwinner.

Team news

Things have changed since the first match. Australia's World Cup squad has been settled, so Doherty has made way for Hauritz, but there are also a couple of other issues for Australia. Hussey's place in the middle order is likely to be filled by Shaun Marsh, who didn't make the World Cup squad but is a possible replacement if Hussey is ruled out of that tournament. And Johnson's throat infection should mean a place for Shaun Tait, who had back stiffness in Melbourne and was rested as a precaution.

Australia (probable) 1 Shane Watson, 2 Brad Haddin (wk), 3 Michael Clarke (capt), 4 Cameron White, 5 David Hussey, 6 Shaun Marsh, 7 Steven Smith, 8 Brett Lee, 9 Nathan Hauritz, 10 Doug Bollinger, 11 Shaun Tait.

Prior has come in to take the place of Davies, and it will be a straight swap at the top of the order. Swann will also miss out due to a knee injury, and his spot should be taken by James Tredwell, who is set to play his third one-day international. Paul Collingwood will have to wait for his chance to break back in to the side.

England (probable) 1 Andrew Strauss (capt), 2 Matt Prior (wk), 3 Jonathan Trott, 4 Kevin Pietersen, 5 Ian Bell, 6 Eoin Morgan, 7 Michael Yardy, 8 Tim Bresnan, 9 James Tredwell, 10 Chris Tremlett, 11 Ajmal Shahzad.

Stats and trivia

* The teams have only met once before in an ODI at Bellerive Oval, back in 2002-03, when Australia won by seven runs

* With no Anderson, England's attack is so inexperienced that Tim Bresnan is the leading wicket-taker amongst the bowlers, with 38 ODI victims

* Australia's win-loss ratio at Bellerive is better than at any other venue in the country - they have won 10 of the 14 ODIs they've played in Hobart


"We've got a lot of improvement to do, definitely, with the ball and in the field at the start of our innings especially."
Michael Clarke

"You look at Shane Watson in the last game getting 161 - it's a match-winning total. Those are the types of innings that all batsmen are looking to get and realising that their 40s, 50s and 60s don't win games."
Matt Prior

Another interesting match hope Watson will make another history :watson
Anderson, Broad and Swann all missing. We gonna lose.
even if they were there still Eng would have been ended up losing
nothing personal

our full-strength team beat them 3-2, including winning 3 ODIs on the bounce, just six months ago! the amount of people that think they know what they're on about when they don't is always funny. but without our 3 frontline ODI bowlers, we will lose in Australia, just like everybody else would in the same situation.
Why is Anderson missing?

He's having a rest in England, he missed the T20s and will miss a few of the ODIs. We can't complain really, he was the only seam bowler to play all five test matches. But us losing three proven quality ODI bowlers is gonna make it difficult to restrict Australia, even if our nice-looking top six will always give us a chance.
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Anderson, Broad and Swann all missing. We gonna lose.
Hussey, pointing and bollinger are all missing for Australia too.

I think England will win this match.
The right decision by England, quite impressive selection policy.

I think Johnson is also missing for Australia.
Watson getting a score is getting boring now. Massive bogey player for us, and they rely on him a lot in general. About time we snare him early.
Watson getting a score is getting boring now. Massive bogey player for us, and they rely on him a lot in general. About time we snare him early.

it has been hard for Eng to take him out!!
btw why Monty Panesar is not playing ???
They reckon Yardy to offer more of an all-round package than Panesar in ODIs.
Very good ball that time, came back in - great seam. :asif
Haddin is batting too high up the order, his technique isn't good enough against better bowlers..

Even then, Paine should be pushing him more than he is for all three formats. :don
And Haddin is crap. Crap with the bat, crap with the gloves. Always has been, always will be.
White the new man.

88+ mph yorker first up. Dug out.
White hit on the glove by Tremlett. Great poker face.
Clarke with a bit of a charge down the wicket and four. Massive cheer from the crowd. :))
Clarke fails again. Short and wide pie, hit straight to the fielder. :)))
And NotMike Hussey is out. 4 down.

Aus without Watson are playing like minnows. :sami
White is injured (3 off 20 thus far) and the rest are village.
Seems like AUS are a one man army. If Watson doesn't fire with bat and ball they're doomed.
We are pretty much minnows without Watson.

Wonder what our lowest ever ODI score is?
White's innings has been a disgrace considering his reputation.
Cameron White tries to hit him for a big straight six, just gets it past the fielder. Only two.
Tries it again. Big appeal from Prior for a stumping - he thinks it's out.
White's innings has been a disgrace considering his reputation.
he's not a guy who can hold together a line up and build an innings. He should be batting at no.6, no.5 highest only if Aus get a good start. 4 is ridiculously too early to send him in. Especially with this frail line up.

He's a good finisher/guy to add a few quickfire runs to a total, but he's not a guy who can save Australia from the brink of defeat really.
Once again I implore the selectors to frigging listen to me.

Clarke is NOT a limited overs player FFS
Get rid of Haddin and blood Paine, he has a tighter technique, is a better gloveman and he is out future Test Captain.
Marsh has to go to the World Cup.
Shaun Marsh deserves to be in the world cup squad ahead of at least 3-4 players in this current Aussie line up
Good bowling by Ajmal. Common England, I am just wondering why is Steven Smith in the side, he can't bat or bowl
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