|The Aussies start off their tour of England with a game against Ireland at Dublin and it will provide the side with an apt warm-up. Especially given the break that most of the Australian players have had in the wake of a rather long and tiring summer. <img src=”http://media1.picsearch.com/is?5FVzgfgmn90ZILxh_7FyBmMTH9pcsycauSmTkEkDvFo” width=”111” height=”128” alt=”Time to be back to business||” /»|
Australia’s tour of England will see them play some Tests against Pakistan and an ODI series against the hosts, themselves. However, the underlying meaning behind the ODI series against England could be taken differently by different sides – the winner may want to attach a huge psychological advantage to the win before the Ashes, while the losing team may be nonchalant about it.>
However, all of that is for later. For now, the Aussies will look to get back into the groove. They have had a couple of injuries and that means that Brad Haddin and Mitchell Johnson have missed out on the series. Tim Paine will take over the gloves, while Josh Hazelwood walks into the side in place of the fast bowler.
The tourists will continue to open the innings with Shane Watson and probably have Shaun Marsh with him, while the rest of the order will consist of Ponting, Clarke, White and Hussey. Paine will then be followed by the three fast bowlers and one spinner. In all probability, it will be Harris, Bollinger and McKay who will take up the pace bowling gauntlet, whereas Nathan Hauritz should win over from Steve Smith for the spinner’s slot.
Ireland, on the other hand, will know that the chances that they can win the game, are remote. In fact, they will be only happy to compete in the game, unless of course, there is some much swing around in the first half of the match that the likes of Trent Johnston and Boyd Rankin can actually run through the opposition.
Ireland goes into the game with an improbable chance of winning it and Bet365 offers 14/1 for their win, as compared to Stan James’ 1/20 if the Aussies end up winners. Which they should!