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Australia v Pakistan 5th ODI preview & live at Adelaide

Australia v Pakistan 5th ODI preview & live at Adelaide Photo: TT

The Adelaide Oval will play host to the traditional Australia Day fixture on Thursday, when the Baggy Green Caps face Pakistan in the fifth and final ODI of the series, the Australians already holding an unassailable lead of 3-1.

With the Test series that proceeded the ODI series proving a comfortable one-sided victory for the hosts, the ODI’s have lacked any real interest from the Australian public, a fact not helped by the scheduling of the ODI’s to take place at the same time as the increasingly popular domestic T20 tournament, the BBL.

Australia clinched the ODI series in Sydney last Sunday, when they triumphed by 86 runs, with David Warner showing a welcome return to the runs, smashing 130 off of 119 deliveries.

Although the skipper Steve Smith fell one short of his half-century, both Travis Head with 51 and Glenn Maxwell with 78 achieved the milestone, as Australia posted 353-6 from their 50-overs. Hasan Ali took five of the wickets to fall, conceding 52 runs in his 10-overs.

Pakistan were never in the hunt for their target, finishing with just 267 all out in less than 44-overs. The opening batsman Sharjeel Khan ended as top-scorer with 74 runs from just 47 balls faced.

Adam Zampa took three wickets, although his 10-overs cost 55 runs. All of the other four bowlers used took at least one wicket.

With the series already won, the Australian selectors may decide to rotate their bowling resources in Adelaide, giving Billy Stanlake and James Faulkner some more valuable game time.

With the decision already made that David Warner will be given a rest when Australia tour New Zealand, he and Usman Khawaja, who has had a fine Summer, they get a chance to put their feet up, giving Travis Head and Peter Handscomb the opportunity to bat in more accustomed positions at the top of the order.

Rajeev mcallister
Sports Pundit staff writer

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