Australian cricketers desperate to make amends

Australian cricketers desperate to make amends
Shaun Marsh is likely to return tomorrow night. Photo: The-Pope, Wikimedia Commons

Australia’s one day cricket team will play the second match of the three test series against South Africa tomorrow night, after a horror first clash. The game will be played in Adelaide, and starts at 2:20 pm – so the chase innings should be starting just as people get home from work.

Australia absolutely collapsed in the series opener, and their bowlers were unable to exert similar pressure on the Proteas. The game was the first under new one-day skipper Aaron Finch, and he will need to rally his troops in order to avoid a repeat.

Shaun Marsh, who missed the first match due to a buttock abscess, is expected to return, and his teammates will be hoping they get the batsman who scored two centuries in his last two ODI matches, and not the one who abjectly failed in the recent tests against Pakistan.

A number of players, including Marsh, will hope to have a strong performance to push their names into test contention this summer. Glenn Maxwell, for example, is very entitled to feel hard done by the test selectors – but a handy century for Australia in the next one-day match could make his claims impossible to resist. In the last match he looked likely to steer Australia to a respectable score until he took a nasty hit to his thumb.

The bowlers will also be looking to find some form, with Mitch Starc in particular looking down this year. His spot in the side (and the Test team) is safe, but unless he can regain the variability in his bowling he will be reduced to acting as an opening bowler, and potentially cleaning up the tail. Josh Hazelwood and Pat Cummins are similarly safe, but need wickets.

The one-day spinner, Adam Zampa, is under a lot of pressure from Ashton Agar, who would also provide depth for the batting line-up, and Nathan Lyon, who is a very tidy Test bowler. Mitch Marsh will also come into contention if there is another batting collapse. When he is on he is a more than capable batsman, although as a bowler he leaves a lot to be desired.