On Sunday, Australia will play Zimbabwe in the first One-Day International (August 28). Following their 3-2 ODI series loss to Sri Lanka in July, the hosts will be seen in action.
India, on the other hand, defeated Zimbabwe 3-0. The Regis Chakabva-led team will return to Australia after 19 years. The three-match ODI series will be included in the ICC ODI Super League Standings.
During the ODI series against Zimbabwe, the team captained by Aaron Finch will attempt to accumulate crucial ICC ODI Super League points. Warner, Mitchell Marsh, Steven Smith, and Glenn Maxwell make up Australia’s team.
The team has welcomed back Mitchell Starc, who suffered an injury during the one-day international series against Sri Lanka. To ensure a victory over Zimbabwe, the hosts will exert every effort.
The visitors, on the other hand, would like to demonstrate improvement following their series defeat by India. With three centuries in his last six One Day Internationals, Sikandar Raza is in the best shape of his life.
In the third ODI against India, the right-handed batter single-handedly brought Zimbabwe close to victory but was unable to seal the deal. The visitors won’t benefit from any runs scored by Raza.
The rest must also contribute to Zimbabwe’s dominating results. Williams, Chakabva, and others like Innocent Kaia will assist in stepping up.
For the Chevrons, who suffered severe heartbreak in recent years and are now on the road to recovery, it’ll be a historic bilateral series. After announcing a full-strength squad for the 50-over campaign, Cricket Australia added to the excitement for the series.
Adam Zampa, who last appeared in an ODI game in April 2022 against Pakistan at Gaddafi Stadium and missed the Sri Lanka tour due to his fatherly responsibilities, will make his comeback in this series.
The 30-year-old has established himself as a strike spinner for the Baggy Greens and won’t encounter any obstacles when attempting to join the Aussie Playing Eleven right away.
In order to keep himself fresh for the Test series, Steven Smith was benched for the following matches despite playing well in the first two games against Sri Lanka.
The star Australian batter’s enthusiastic supporters are anticipating watching him swing his willow in familiar surroundings. Mitchell Starc, the legendary speedster who missed the previous ODI series due to a finger injury, is also expected to make a comeback.
The Yellow Invincibles’ lopsided record against Zimbabwe demonstrates their dominance over the African country that participates in test matches.
In their combined 30 matches, Australia has won 27 games, with 17 of those victories coming under foreign conditions. However, in the 50-over format, Zimbabwe was only able to defeat the Baggy Greens twice, with the other match ending in a draw.
The first time the two sides clashed was in the 1983 Prudential Cup, where Zimbabwe defeated the Australians to make their World Cup debut. Then, from 1983 to 2014, the Oceanian nation went on a remarkable 28-match unbeaten streak, winning 27 of them.
Blessing Muzarabani, Zimbabwe’s best chance with the ball who missed the previous series, will also be back on the field.
The 25-year-old was prevented from playing in the limited-overs series against India, which could have been the biggest turning point of his career, due to a tear in his thigh muscle.
The Men in Yellow dominate their opponents in every facet of the game, regardless of their head-to-head record or on-paper strength. They are therefore the strong favorites to win this competition and, if they can maintain their focus, they should stand on the winners’ podium.
This Zimbabwean player has potential to surprise the mighty Australians and seems a little different from all of their rosters from the last few years.