What: England versus Australia, third ODI
Where: Edgbaston, Birmingham
When: Wednesday, September 11, 2 p.m. BST
Live Stream: Sky Sports 2
TV info: Sky Sports 2, 1:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. BST, highlights Channel 5, September 12 12: a.m.-12:55 a.m. BST
After England's reserves came out second-best against Australia in the second one-day international, the hosts have a chance to redeem themselves in the third clash at Edgbaston on Wednesday. Australia completed a comprehensive 88-run victory with Michael Clarke in fine fettle, notching up a hundred, and Clint McKay picking up three wickets.
Australia are unlikely to fiddle with their lineup, while England have limited experience to call on as the big names are all rested. Michael Carberry, Jonathan Trott and Joe Root all failed dismally with the bat on Sunday, managing a grand total of seven runs between the three of them.
Ravi Bopara, who averaged 42.3 against Australia before the Manchester ODI, also disappointed, and his average against the Australians is now down to 38.54. Batting, though, was the least of the hosts' worries after their rookie bowling attack struggled. That lineup can't change much, and it will be up to Steven Finn to take the responsibility of being the spearhead of the attack once again.
Something which will make the hosts smile, though, is that they've had reasonable success at Edgbaston, having won 19 of their 32 ODIs played at the ground. They came up against Australia at this very same ground not too long ago. The sides played there during the Champions Trophy in June, with England the victors by 48 runs.
Bopara also has more runs at the ground than anyone else in the squad. With 190 runs in six games at an average of 47.50, perhaps he'll overcome his blip from the first match and be England's trump card.
That was a far different lineup compared to this, though, and the late-season pitch is likely to be far more favourable to the batsmen. England managed to get very early reverse swing that time around, but their current squad simply doesn't have the same calibre of swing bowlers.
Australia, meanwhile, will be feeling far more confident. After such a long and treacherous summer, they finally managed to get something right. Taking a gamble on Aaron Finch at the top of the order instead of David Warner paid some dividends. Finch's 45 from 45 and 60-run partnership in Manchester helped set the tone for Australia. That was backed up by some good bowling and, ultimately, a solid victory. When the Australians' tails are up, they are dangerous and ruthless.
With the contest being a day-night clash, winning the toss will play a crucial part. The last two games were all won by the side fielding first, but chasing under lights with potential rain about is not an ideal choice. Yes, rain is about in Birmingham, as it almost always is. According to the BBC's weather forecast, the heavens will open up almost exactly when the match is due to begin, and it won't let up until it's due to end.
While weather forecasts can be dubious, it's generally spot on for rain in Birmingham. Brace yourself for a long and frustrating day.
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