Mat Renshaw © Getty Images
Mat Renshaw © Getty Images

Australia have already regained the urn versus England  in the ongoing Ashes 2017-18 with the fifth and final Test in progress. They would like to consolidate in the limited-overs leg as well. The five-match ODI series between Australia and England will commence from mid-January. Ahead of the ODIs, Australia announced a 12-man squad to take on England in the warm-up tie. Matt Renshaw, who missed out on the Ashes due to poor form, will spearhead the side along with very-talented Chadd Sayers and nephew of Ian Harvey, Mackenzie Harvey.

Note: The last ODI series between Australia and England ended in a 3-2 scoreline in favour of the former. Nonetheless, England got the better of arch-rivals in 2017 Champions Trophy encounter.

Speaking ahead of the limited-overs series, national selector and talent manager, Greg Chappell stated, “We’ve tried to get the most competitive team possible, bearing in mind Australian and BBL commitments. It’s great to have the quality and experience of Renshaw and Sayers in the side, and also five others who have played Sheffield Shield cricket this season, including Travis Dean, Jake Doran and John Dalton.

Five members of this squad represented the CA XI in the JLT One-Day Cup, including Jake Carder and Harry Nielsen who both performed well, and it’s pleasing to be able to give them all another opportunity.”

The former Australian added, “Mackenzie Harvey is just 17 years old, but is a very exciting prospect. He underlined his class and potential with a century at U-19 level against Pakistan last month, and will be eligible for the 2020 ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup.

This is a quality opportunity for all players involved, and hopefully this side will give England a good test ahead of the series against Australia,” concluded Greg.

Note: Renshaw averages 36.64 in 10 Tests, but is yet to make his ODI debut. This will be a good opportunity for him and others to showcase their talent ahead of a mouth-watering series.

Squad

Matt Renshaw (c), Gabe Bell, Jake Carder, John Dalton, Travis Dean, Jake Doran, Daniel Fallins, David Grant, Mackenzie Harvey, Harry Nielsen, Ben Pengelley, Chadd Sayers.

On the other hand, from England’s perspective, they will continue to miss Ben Stokes’ services in ODIs as well. Stokes missed out the entire Ashes following investigations on his much-talked about Bristol pub brawl incident in September 2017. He has been replaced by in-form batsman Dawid Malan.

Eoin Morgan will lead England, and hope to turn the tides in his side’s favour in coloured clothings Down Under.