England batsman Ian Bell has been shining like a knight in the armour in the opening role for the team, and this shows a positive sign for England ahead of the ICC 2015 World Cup starting from 14th February. Bell struck a valiant 141 for England against Australia in the fourth match of the ODI tri-series in Hobart. Bell who struck 88 runs in the previous match against India, was at his best helping England getting a total in excess of 300 runs against the Aussies.
All-rounder Shane Watson, who is struggling with a tight hamstring, joins a long list of absentees from Australia`s top batting line-up to face England in the tri-series one-day international at Hobart on Friday.
Its three key players, including skipper George Bailey, would be missing in action but the Australian cricket team would look to seal a place in the ODI tri-series final when it clashes with a confident England, here on Friday.
Steven Smith is likely to captain Australia in the next ODI of the tri-series against England in Hobart on Friday as George Bailey faces a possible suspension from the ICC due to his side's slow over-rate in the four-wicket win over India at the MCG, here on Sunday.
Veteran Australian batsman Brad Hodge has revealed that he made his comeback to the squad `by accident` when he emerged from the international wilderness for the summer-ending home Twenty20 series against England.
Cricket Australia will revert to a panel of experts to decide man of the match awards after Doug Bracewell failed to win a public vote despite bowling New Zealand to victory in a Test match in Hobart on Monday.