England will go into the fourth One Day International (ODI) against Australia, to be played at Chester-le-Street on Saturday, undoubtedly disappointed that the third ODI, to have been played at Edgbaston, was washed out. The hosts lead the five match series 2-0 and needed a clean 5-0 sweep to climb above the Aussies and become the number one ODI team in the world. Unfortunately now, even if they win the remaining games that will no longer be possible.
England: England are just one win away from securing a seventh successive ODI series at home. In addition, a win in the fourth game will also give them a new record of nine successive one-day victories. Alastair Cook's team looked impressive at both Lord's and The Oval, with confident all-round displays whether batting first or chasing a target. The English will certainly harbour thoughts of a 4-0 win at the back of their minds - a result that could go a long way in earning yet more respect from the rest of the cricketing world.
Australia: The visitors are in a spot of bother after dull performances in the first two games. Australia's batsmen have struggled so far and even the ones who managed decent starts have failed to convert them into big scores; the highest individual score so far is 66. The bowling has not impressed either, with Mitchell Johnson's poor form adding to the problems, while Xavier Doherty has failed to match counterpart Graeme Swann's effectiveness. Australia need a big effort to register a win on Saturday as they try to stay alive in the series.
The game presents a good opportunity for James Tredwell, who has replaced Graeme Swann for the last two games after he was ruled out with an elbow injury, to make a case for a permanent position. In addition, James Anderson looks to have recovered from a groin strain but if the hosts still have doubts over his fitness, Chris Woakes could play his first ODI in almost a year.
The Aussies may field an all-pace bowling line-up, leaving the spin department to part-timers David Hussey and Michael Clarke. Johnson, who went for plenty of runs in the second game, could make way for either James Pattinson or Ben Hilfenhaus.
Pitch and Conditions:
The wicket is seam-friendly and the batsmen will have to watch out for swing in the opening periods and also when the news balls are introduced later. It could be another weather-affected game as the forecast predicts rains in the afternoon.
England: A Cook (c), I Bell, J Trott, R Bopara, E Morgan, C Kieswetter (wk), T Bresnan, S Broad, J Tredwell, J Anderson, S Finn
Australia: S Watson, D Warner, P Forrest, M Clarke (c), G Bailey, D Hussey, M Wade (wk), B Lee, J Pattinson, C McKay, X Doherty
Where to Watch Live:
You can follow the game live from 10:45 BST on BBC Five Live Sports Extra and Radio Four LW.