Daily Mail UK – Australia will attempt to salvage some pride at Old Trafford but the doomsday scenario of an ODI series whitewash against the old enemy is very much in the air in Manchester.
- The world’s No.1 ranked ODI side have won seven of their last 10 one-dayers played in Manchester, and the tourists are under no illusion of the task confronting them.
- Left-arm spinner Ashton Agar, one of the shining lights in Australia’s dismal run, gave an honest assessment of his team’s form ahead of Sunday’s chance for redemption.
- As well as pride, Australia have a white-ball ranking to fight for: defeat would see them finish the series sixth in the world, their lowest in 34 years.
- And the World Cup holders, who return to England this time next year aiming to defend their crown, are keeping the faith they can finish on a positive note at a ground where they will face South Africa in the last of their WC round-robin matches on July 6, 2019.
- “But Australia has a rich history in one-day cricket, a lot of World Cup wins and there’s still a year to the World Cup.