Sport 24 – Manchester – Australia’s Ashton Agar has warned only the team’s “absolute best” will be good enough to deny England a first 5-0 one-day international series whitewash of their arch-rivals.

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  • Manchester – Australia’s Ashton Agar has warned only the team’s “absolute best” will be good enough to deny England a first 5-0 one-day international series whitewash of their arch-rivals.
  • England, who beat Australia 4-0 in a five-match home one-day series, with one washout, in 2012, posted a men’s world record ODI total of 481 for six on during a 242-run victory in the third match of the current campaign at Trent Bridge in Nottingham on Tuesday.
  • But the truth is world champions Australia’s struggles in ODI cricket predate these absences, with Thursday’s six-wicket loss to England at Chester-le-Street their 15th defeat in 17 completed matches at this level.
  • Agar, asked what had impressed him most about 2019 World Cup hosts England in this format, replied: “Their confidence, their self-belief: they ooze it out there, no doubt.
  • The recent run of huge ODI scores has led even former batsmen such as India’s Sachin Tendulkar and England’s Michael Atherton to call for an end to using two white balls per innings in this format, the pair insisting this was denying pace bowlers the chance to gain reverse swing.


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