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England vs Australia highlights: International cricket, first ODI live scores, blog

13th June, 2018
First ball: 10pm (AEST)
Venue: The Oval, London
TV: Live, Nine Network
Online: Live, 9Now
Betting: England $1.43, Australia $2.86
Overall record: Played 142, Australia 81, England 56, tied 2, no result 3
Last meeting: January 28, 2018, fifth ODI - England defeat Australia by 12 runs at Perth Stadium
Last series: 2018, England 4-1 in Australia
Record at the Oval: Played 8, Australia 5, England 3
Umpires: Rob Bailey, Kumar Dharmasena

England (squad)
Eoin Morgan (c), Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Jake Ball, Sam Billings, Jos Buttler, Tom Curran, Alex Hales, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, David Willey, Mark Wood

Australia (squad)
Tim Paine (c), Aaron Finch (vc), Ashton Agar, Alex Carey, Travis Head, Nathan Lyon, Glenn Maxwell, Shaun Marsh, Michael Neser, Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson, D'Arcy Short, Billy Stanlake, Marcus Stoinis, Andrew Tye
Tim Paine of Australia bats during game five of the One Day International match between Australia and England at Perth Stadium on January 28, 2018 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images)
13th June, 2018
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It would otherwise be another innocuous ODI series, but Australia’s tour of England takes on extra significance this time around. Join The Roar for live scores and coverage of the first ODI at The Oval from 10pm (AEST).

Australia have undergone a changing of the guard following the bungled tour of South Africa and the ball-tampering scandal, with this being new coach Justin Langer’s first chance to get his hands on the team.

With the World Cup in England just 12 months away, this tour gives the tourists some vital preparation time.

Steve Smith and David Warner are obviously still suspended, so the team will be led by wicketkeeper Tim Paine and opening batsman Aaron Finch. Exacerbating the issue is that the side’s three top quicks – Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood – are all back at home with injury.

It means the pop-up attack will feature Kane Richardson, Jhye Richardson and probably Billy Stanlake, while Nathan Lyon has been recalled to the limited overs team ahead of the dropped Adam Zampa.

Australia have had two warm-up wins ahead of the series, against Sussex and Middlesex, with D’Arcy Short, Travis Head and Marcus Stoinis all showing some form to confirm their spots in the team.

England, who won their ODI series Down Under earlier this year after a failed Ashes campaign, will be out to kick Australia while they are down.

They have their own injury issues, with gun all-rounder Ben Stokes and pace bowler Chris Woakes out of action, but the squad is still strong.


Their last ODI commitment was way back in February, when they beat New Zealand 3-2, and they will be confident heading into this series.

Alex Hales and Jonny Bairstow have really come into their own at the top of the order and with other big hitters like Jos Buttler and Eoin Morgan featuring, they will look to pick the Aussie attack apart.

Their bowling, while having more experience, isn’t necessarily better pound-for-pound and they will look to win the game with the willow in hand.

England have the better team on paper and with home advantage, it’s hard to see them dropping this first ODI.

England to win comfortably.

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