Australia v England, 3rd ODI, SydneyEngland Look Bounce-back Against Injured Aussies22-Jan-2011 10:22:00 GMT
Sydney: A growing injury toll has left the door ajar for Andrew Strauss' men, who trail the seven-match ODI series 2-0 heading into third ODI at the SCG on Sunday.
A brilliant Shaun Marsh century (110 off 114) and a superb all-round display from Doug Bollinger (30 and 4-28) inspired the home side to a 46-run victory over England in Hobart on Friday.
But the win came at a heavy cost with off-spinner Nathan Hauritz dislocating his right shoulder while tearaway Shaun Tait, who missed Game 1 with a back complaint, suffered an upper leg injury.
Both players have undergone scans after the game and will miss the third clash, but Hauritz's injury is the most serious of the two, the off-spinner now in a race against time to be fit for next month's World Cup, while Tait could still play again this series.
"It's still pretty painful," said Hauritz, who was assisted from Bellerive in the 32nd over.
It's disappointing to get injured, but it can't be helped. I've never dislocated my shoulder before, and I don't want another one after that.
It could have been worse, it could have been during the World Cup. I've still got three weeks before the team leaves and if it's nothing major I might be back in, so we'll wait and see.
Tait, meanwhile, has been cleared of any significant damage but appears unlikely to play in Sydney. As a result, Victorian Peter Siddle, unlucky to be left out of the 15-man World Cup squad, has been added as a stand-by player for this ODI, as Mitchell Johnson is still unavailable due to a throat infection.
While the Aussies have injury worries, the pressure is now on England after Strauss and co pulled the wrong rein by playing two spinners, Michael Yardy and James Tredwell, on a lively Bellerive Oval deck.
The skipper, who will be without the services of star tweaker Graeme Swann (knee) for another two matches, could not contain his frustration after the Hobart loss.
"It was a very disappointing display, simply not good enough," Strauss fumed.
But it was England's batting that was the major concern in Hobart, with Ian Bell and Jonathan Trott top scoring with 32 as the Poms were bundled out for 184.
Veteran batsman Paul Collingwood appears likely to slot into the line-up after being overlooked for the first two games, with Trott the man most likely to make way.
It wasn't all bad news for the tourists in Hobart as quicks Ajmal Shahzad (3-43) and Chris Tremlett (3-22) both bowled superbly, reducing the Aussies to 4-33 bfore the enigmatic Shaun Marsh unleashed with a brilliant 110, just another example of what the West Australian is capable of on his day.
Australia Michael Clarke (capt), Shane Watson, Cameron White, Brad Haddin (wk), John Hastings, David Hussey, Shaun Marsh, Mitchell Johnson, Brett Lee, Peter Siddle, Steven Smith, Xavier Doherty, Doug Bollinger, Shaun Tait
England Andrew Strauss (capt), Ian Bell, Steve Davies (wk), Paul Collingwood, Jonathan Trott, Eoin Morgan, Kevin Pietersen, Luke Wright, Matt Prior (wk), Michael Yardy, Ajmal Shahzad, Tim Bresnan, James Tredwell, Chris Tremlett, Chris Woakes, Steven Finn, James Anderson
Pitch and conditions
The SCG pitch usually has something for the spinners, but it has also supported the fast bowlers at times this year. Sydney's forecast for Sunday is sunny and a top of 27C.
Stats and trivia
- The SCG is a treasured ground in Australia's history, but it isn't a pleasant place to play England. In 18 games there, Australia have won seven and lost 10. Four of those defeats came in the 1980s when the locals won only once.
- Michael Clarke sits in 10th spot on the ground's one-day run list with 754. Allan Lamb's 373 are the most by an Englishman.
- Geoff Boycott has the second-highest batting average at the ground, with his 127.00 in four matches only slightly worse than Ian Chappell's 131.00 in three games.
- Darren Gough is the only Englishman to have taken five wickets at the SCG, with his haul coming against Zimbabwe in 1994-95.
Sunday January 23, 2011 (day/night)
Start time 14:20 local (03:20 GMT)