Chris Woakes has the new ball, David Warner has strike, the SCG is the picture of responsible social distancing. Let’s cricket!
Out come the sides onto the SCG oval. England in their 50-over uniform of navy blue with sky blue accents. Australia clavicle to toe in canary yellow, a monochrome palate offset only by green helmets.
Smith is currently being interviewed on the host broadcaster about that cover drive. It is excellent #content but the chumminess of it all is hard to connect with. I think I’m a little dead inside. Maybe more than a little.
Four changes for England with Moeen, Adil Rashid, Sam Curran and Chris Woakes all coming in. Buttler, Chris Jordan, Luke Wood and Olly Stone drop out.
England XI: Jason Roy, Phil Salt, Dawid Malan, James Vince, Sam Billings (wk), Moeen Ali (c), Chris Woakes, Sam Curran, Liam Dawson, David Willey, Adil Rashid
Two changes for the home side with Hazlewood replacing Cummins in the attack and as skipper, while Mitch Marsh gets an audition for the allrounder role in place of Cameron Green.
Australia XI: David Warner, Travis Head, Steve Smith, Marnus Labuschagne, Alex Carey (wk), Mitch Marsh, Marcus Stoinis, Ashton Agar, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood (c)
Josh Hazlewood won the toss and reckons the pitch will deteriorate as the day goes on so is happy to have first use.
And Moeen Ali will skipper England! No Jos Buttler…
That news has been confirmed, and this is fun, Josh Hazlewood will captain Australia. Not Steve Smith, not David Warner, not Alex Carey, or literally any of the ten other possibilities. Maybe today is going to be full of #context after all.
Some early reports coming through that Pat Cummins, just one match into his ODI captaincy career, is going to be rested today.
It’s dry in Sydney, for a change, with temperatures hovering around 21C for the duration. A stiff north-easterly wind may dictate the choice of ends for some bowlers.
Hello everyone and welcome to live over-by-over coverage of the second One Day International between Australia and England at the SCG. We’ll be underway in Sydney at 2:20pm AEDT/3:20am GMT.
Thursday’s series-opener went according to script: Australia, hungry for action following a disappointing T20 world cup and eager to establish a positive narrative under new skipper Pat Cummins ahead of next year’s 50-over world cup, cruised to victory over England’s second or third-ish XI a matter of hours after celebrating a major international trophy.
Adelaide Oval was about a quarter full. Few outside seemed to give two figs. With rugby league world cup finals, the men’s football world cup on the doorstep, and the recent men’s T20 world cup only concluding last weekend, there’s only so much attention and effort to go around. And a bilateral ODI series between familiar bedfellows sponsored by #contractualobligation ain’t going to get the pulse rating.
But here we are, approaching the second instalment, and quite probably 100-overs of cricket spanning roughly eight-hours. May as well make the best of it.
Here’s to another look at Travis Head opening, Australia selecting two frontline spinners, and the battle for allrounder supremacy. Here’s to more exposure for England’s newcomers, Jason Roy’s battle for form, and James Vince making a pretty 20 or 30-something before edging elegantly behind the wicket.
Are you more excited than me? Then email me. Or if you’re struggling even more with the lack of context, tweet me while you still can @JPHowcroft.