Zimbabwe vs Australia ODI Match Preview

Zimbabwe will take on Australia on Sunday for the second time in the Triangular series taking place at the Harare Sports Club. The Australian team will be boosted by the return from injury of captain Michael Clarke.

Clarke, who suffered a hamstring strain shortly before the start of the series. His return comes after the Aussies were dealt a crushing defeat by South Africa, the other team in the series. Stand in captain George Bailey’s team failed to defend a score in excess of 320 as A.B. de Villiers and Faf du Plessis made light of the chase.

australian captain Michael clarke

Australian captain Michael Clarke

Australia will look to use the match to iron out any niggles in their line up, one of which would be to add to their spin options by bringing in Nathan Lyon to take advantage of the spin friendly conditions. With their final group stage game against South Africa on Tuesday, they’ll want to gather some momentum before the final on the 6th of September.

The game could be played on a used track, which can make spin a key factor.
-Michael Clarke

For Zimbabwe the game is about pride. They cannot make the final anymore but that will not deter Elton Chigumbura and his troops. Their bowling performances have been exemplary. On Friday, they managed to restrict South Africa to a score under 250 after the Proteas had gotten off to a solid start. If Zimbabwe are to pull off an upset during this series, their batsmen will need to come to the party.

Team news

Apart from Michael Clarke and Nathan Lyon, Australia have also brought in Ben Cutting in place of Kane Richardson.

Australia

1 Aaron Finch, 2 Phil Hughes, 3 Michael Clarke (capt), 4 George Bailey, 5 Glenn Maxwell, 6 Mitchell Marsh, 7 Brad Haddin (wk), 8 James Faulkner, 9 Ben Cutting, 10 Mitchell Starc, 11 Nathan Lyon

Zimbabwe might contemplate bringing in Vusi Sibanda following the failures of Tino Mawoyo at the top of the order. Sibanda has not played a game since the first ODI of the bilateral series against South Africa earlier this month.

Zimbabwe (probable)

1 Tino Mawoyo/Vusi Sibanda, 2 Sikandar Raza, 3 Hamilton Masakadza, 4 Brendan Taylor (wk), 5 Sean Williams, 6 Malcolm Waller, 7 Elton Chigumbura (capt), 8, Prosper Utseya, 9 John Nyumbu, 10 Tendai Chatara, 11 Brian Vitori

Pitch and conditions

With the Harare Sports Club hosting all games of the triangular series, there could be an effect on the pitches and they may get a little slower. According to Clarke, the game could be played on a used track, which can make spin a key factor.