AUS vs ENG 2018: Australia look to revamp side post series defeat

Australia lost the third ODI by 16 runs.

Smith has failed to repeat his Test form in the ODIs. (Getty)

Australia lost the ODI series in Sydney after losing the third ODI by 16 runs. After a successful Test series campaign, Australia have had a forgetful start to their ODI campaign. A series loss right at the start of the year has forced the team management to look to revamp the side going into the last two ODIs and possibly going forward as well.

“With what’s happened recently we are reviewing how we’re actually playing the game and type of player that’s required in the one-day format,” Hohns told reporters in Sydney on Monday. We haven’t played well in this series, we don’t seem to have been able to put it all together on the one day, there has been something lacking.”

Steve Smith’s side were beaten by 16 runs by England in Sydney on Sunday to give the tourists an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match series.

It is the first home series loss for Australia since 2010 and they have won just 26 of their 50 completed matches since they beat New Zealand in the 2015 World Cup final. 

Hohns said the selectors may need to look at a different type of player for their side, with a focus on hard-hitting middle order players and specialist limited-overs bowlers as they look ahead to the 2019 World Cup in England.

“With the World Cup in 2019 there is a lot of one-day cricket to be played between now and then,” he said. “We will be trying very soon to get together the main nucleus of our squad so they can play together for some time.”

Notably, India also lost the ODI series against India when they toured for a 5 match series in the country to conclude 2017. 
 


By Anshuman Roy - 22 Jan, 2018

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