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AFP
September 11, 2020

England win toss, bowl against Australia in first ODI

Sports

AFP
Fri, Sep 11, 2020
England's captain Eoin Morgan (right) called correctly in the coin toss and opted to bat against Aaron Finch's Australia. — AFP/Jon Super

MANCHESTER: England captain Eoin Morgan won the toss and elected to field against Australia in the first one-day international at Old Trafford on Friday as star batsman Steve Smith was absent for the tourists.

Australia captain Aaron Finch said Smith had suffered a head knock batting in the nets, with a team spokesman adding the injury had been cause by a throw-down from a member of the coaching staff.

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

England have won 11 of their last 13 ODIs against 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 first time the teams had met in the 50-over format since eventual champions England beat Australia by eight wickets in a World Cup semi-final at Edgbaston last year.

Senior players return for England

England's team featured nine survivors from that victory.

Only all-rounder Ben Stokes, absent on compassionate leave while he spends time with his ill father in New Zealand, and fast bowler Liam Plunkett, who hasn't played international cricket since the World Cup final, are missing.

Their places were 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," said Morgan.

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

"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 passed fit after a dislocated finger meant he missed Australia's five-wicket win in the third Twenty20 international at Southampton on Tuesday — although England still won a three-match series 2-1. Jos Buttler also returned after missing the last match to spend time with his family.

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

It was also a first ODI appearance for fast bowlers Jofra Archer and Mark Wood, as well as wicketkeeper-batsman Buttler, since England's Super Over win against New Zealand in the World Cup final at Lord's.

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

This i's home international season, with all 18 scheduled fixtures set to be played, albeit behind closed doors, despite the coronavirus pandemic.

Teams

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)