England v Australia 1st One Day International 03-09-2015
A thrilling run chase in the only T20 game between these two sides resulted in a narrow win for England by five runs. A shame there wasn't more games in this format planned for the rest of the summer.
We do have five One Day Internationals though to take us through the first two weeks of September before England head off to Pakistan and then South Africa for a lengthy tour.
These two teams are fairly evenly matched although I think the England bowling attack have the edge because they can take advantage of the overcast conditions. The weather forecast is predicting dry days with temperatures average for the year so there is a good chance we will get five completed games in this series and less chance of it being drawn.
England have an abundance of talented big hitters in the one day squad and the question is now not whether they have the ability but how much better they cope mentally with the demands of the one day game.
Against Australia in the T20 Moeen Ali played a superb innings and showed exactly why he is completely wasted batting in the tail for the test side and with the under performing Lyth almost certain to be dropped Ali will surely be moved up to open for the test side along with Cook.
Eoin Morgan showed that his recent one month sabbatical has done him the power of good with some explosive hitting and with the likes of Stokes and Butler further down the order this England team has the combination of grace and power to post some really big totals.
As the T20 game showed, this series is going to be very close and for this opening game I'm going to go with England because I think at 6/5 there is real value there.