COC Cricbattle Daily Fantasy Cricket League Tips: Australia vs England on January 4
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Australia are currently leading the five-match Ashes series 3-0 after the fourth game ended in a draw on the final day at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.Australia managed to hold England for a draw on the final day courtesy a spectacular century from Steve Smith. Despite failing to eke out a result in the rain-marred game, Joe Root was happy with his team’s performance. The fears of the whitewash were again doing rounds but a decent performance has avoided the embarrassment for Root and Co. The visitors now would love to cap off the Test series with a win in Sydney and start the year 2018 on a high.
Best economical pick – Stuart Broad played a gritty and aggressive knock in 4th test to add a huge 100-run stand for the ninth wicket with Cook. He scored his 12th half-century of his career and first after a long wait which put his side ahead of the game.
Top captains & vice captains – Steve Smith slammed 23rd century of his Test career on the final day of the fourth Test thereby keeping England bowlers at bay. He remained unbeaten in the end on 102 and is looking absolutely invincible in the ongoing series. Currently, the 29-year-old has scored 604 runs in six innings at a jaw-dropping average of 151 and the best score of 239. These numbers prove that he is in the zone and is enjoying the purple patch of his career. Alastair Cook, England’s leading run-getter in Test cricket is one of the most recognized Test batsmen going around in world cricket currently. In the ongoing fourth Ashes Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, the former England captain struck an unbeaten 244 which helped him surpass West Indian legend Brian Lara to be the sixth name on the list of batsmen with most runs in the format. The English opener struggled with poor form recently and it will be fair to say that he has answered his critics in fine fashion.
Smart pick – David Warner looked in prime form as he smashed the English bowlers to all corners of the park in the 4th test. Subsequently, he notched his 21st Test century, surpassing Virat Kohli.
Cautious Pick – Moeen Ali has been a pale shadow of himself so far in the series as the Aussies have successfully countered him. England side were in the ascendancy in the fourth Test at MCG and needed quick wickets on the final day to force the result. But Moeen couldn’t provide any breakthroughs extending his poor form as an all-rounder.
My XI – Steve Smith (Captain), Alastair Cook (Vice-Captain), David Warner, Stuart Broad, Mitchell Starc, Mason Crane, Patrick Cummins,Tim Paine, Dawid Malan, Jonny Bairstow, Nathan Lyon