When Australia headed to England for The Ashes there wasn’t much excitement this time round. Australia had lost the previous two Ashes series and they weren’t rated very highly for the latest series as well.
Australia haven’t had a memorable tour of England. They lost The Ashes with an embarrassing 3-0 scoreline and managed to square the T20 series 1-1. Their only hope of returning with some good memories was if they performed well in the one-dayers.
Australia finished their tour of England with a consolation victory in the 5-match ODI Series. The tourists won the fifth and final ODI which was played under lights at The Rose Bowl in Southampton by 49 runs on Monday to take the rain-affected series 2-1.
There is old saying in one-day cricket that if six batsmen cannot win you a game, there is little chance seven will. However, over the years, captains have taken on this challenge and proved that ODI games can indeed be won by packing your side with batsmen.
Rain forced the third ODI at Edgbaston in Birmingham between England and Australia on Wednesday to be abandoned. This is annoyingly the second match of the series to be abandoned without a result due to rain.
Winning the ODI series will not heal the wounds inflicted by the 3-0 Ashes loss on Australia, but it would definitely make them feel better. The series is only one match old with the first ODI being washed out due to rain.
Australia found its first success against England on this tour with a massive 99-run win in the Second ODI at Old Trafford on Sunday. The comprehensive victory was set up by Skipper Michael Clarke, who scored his first ODI ton against England along with Vice-Captain George Bailey.