Tri series final match will be the trial to World cup…


In what seems to be a dress rehearsal of their opening game in the World Cup, an unbeaten Australia take on England in the cricket tri-series final, here on Sunday.

Having accumulated 15 points from four matches, the George Baily-led Australia undoubtedly start as overwhelming favourites with a fit-again Mitchell Johnson set to bolster the attack at the WACA.

Perhaps the biggest question mark for them is the form of Bailey. He has scored 10 and 5 in his two outings thus far, before being suspended for the Hobart match against England.

Shane Watson still under an injury cloud, it is expected that the team management might give Bailey another go at number three in the batting chart

England look a completely different side to the one that played in Sri Lanka, losing 5-2. It meant the end of the road for then-skipper Alastair Cook with Morgan taking over the reins.

But they brushed aside that challenge, winning comprehensively by nine wickets in Brisbane before the victory here in Perth to push the Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led side out of the tournament.

It is clear that their bowling attack, led by James Anderson and Steve Finn is relishing the Australian conditions.

The big question-mark for England will be their consistency. They need to sustain this upward curve in form going into the World Cup.

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