England win toss, bowl towards Australia in first ODI

England’s captain Eoin Morgan (proper) known as appropriately within the coin toss and opted to bat towards Aaron Finch’s Australia. — AFP/Jon Super

MANCHESTER: England captain Eoin Morgan gained the toss and elected to area towards Australia within the first one-day worldwide at Old Trafford on Friday as star batsman Steve Smith was absent for the vacationers.

Australia captain Aaron Finch stated Smith had suffered a head knock batting within the nets, with a staff spokesman including the damage had been trigger by a throw-down from a member of the teaching workers.

“Steve Smith got a knock on the head yesterday in practice so it’s a precautionary measure to leave him out,” Finch informed Sky Sports on the toss. (Marcus) Stoinis will bat at three.”

England have gained 11 of their final 13 ODIs towards Australia and Finch added: “Over the last couple of years we’ve played good cricket in patches and indifferent in other patches. But trying to be consistent is what we’re about.”

This was the primary time the groups had met within the 50-over format since eventual champions England beat Australia by eight wickets in a World Cup semi-final at Edgbaston final 12 months.

Senior gamers return for England

England’s staff featured 9 survivors from that victory.

Only all-rounder Ben Stokes, absent on compassionate go away whereas he spends time along with his ailing father in New Zealand, and quick bowler Liam Plunkett, who hasn’t performed worldwide cricket because the World Cup last, are lacking.

Their locations had been taken by batsman Sam Billings and off-spinning all-rounder Moeen Ali.

“It’s great to have our senior World Cup players back, for some of them it will be the first white-ball game since that final,” stated Morgan.

“The addition of Mark Wood helps as a first-change bowler. Old Trafford turns a bit as effectively so having (Adil) Rashid and Moeen as a spin possibility helps as effectively.

“Australia are a fantastic side and difficult to beat, we’ll have to be close to our best,” he added.

World Cup-winning captain Morgan was handed match after a dislocated finger meant he missed Australia’s five-wicket win within the third Twenty20 worldwide at Southampton on Tuesday — though England nonetheless gained a three-match sequence 2-1. Jos Buttler additionally returned after lacking the final match to spend time along with his household.

Test skipper Joe Root returned for his first white-ball worldwide of the season

It was additionally a primary ODI look for quick bowlers Jofra Archer and Mark Wood, in addition to wicketkeeper-batsman Buttler, since England’s Super Over win towards New Zealand within the World Cup last at Lord’s.

For Australia, seven of the facet that misplaced the World Cup semi-final had been of their facet, with Marnus Labuschagne, Mitchell Marsh, Josh Hazlewood and Adam Zampa in for Smith, Peter Handscomb, Jason Behrendorff and Nathan Lyon.

This i’s dwelling worldwide season, with all 18 scheduled fixtures set to be performed, albeit behind closed doorways, regardless of the coronavirus pandemic.


England: Jonny Bairstow, Jason Roy, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (capt), Jos Buttler (wkt), Sam Billings, Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid, Jofra Archer, Mark Wood

Australia: Aaron Finch (capt), David Warner, Marcus Stoinis, Marnus Labuschagne, Mitchell Marsh, Alex Carey (wkt), Glenn Maxwell, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood

Umpires: Richard Kettleborough (ENG), David Millns (ENG)

TV umpire: Michael Gough (ENG)

Match referee: Chris Broad (ENG)

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