Australia v England one-day series: Why tourists are favourites


Plunkett took two wickets in his nine overs, including CA skipper Matt Renshaw with only his third delivery on tour, and he has no intention of taking a backward step tomorrow.

While the recently concluded Ashes series unfolded at an attritional pace, both sides are likely to approach the next five games in a more cavalier fashion.

England were thrashed 4-0 in the five-Test Ashes series but have had better results in the 50-over format.

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"When he has played he's been brilliant, and Pudsey (Plunkett) has had a reasonable amount of time off so he's quite fresh", he said.

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"I'd like to prove a point to everyone, to my team-mates and the media, that I can be that X-factor bowler they want", said Durham bowler Wood, who spent the winter with the England Lions.

The first ODI against England takes place on Sunday January 14 in Melbourne.

On the other hand, Australia has made some interesting calls.

What? One-day global cricket is not more important than the Test-match version these days? There was some chat about the depth of Australia's pace-bowling resources during the Test series (Jackson Bird's outing on the terrible MCG surface was the only time it was put into action) and this series may give some indication how it stands with the white ball. So again there is the challenge of replacing two players.

Bayliss has said since the Ashes that he will stand down when his contract expires in September 2019.

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Taylor expects Moeen Ali to have "more of an impact" in the one-day series, following a torrid Ashes with bat and ball.

Those qualities are not the only pre-requisites for success in Test cricket, of course, but Bayliss - along with assistant coach Paul Farbrace and captain Eoin Morgan - have turned England into a formidable white-ball unit.

Australia: Steven Smith (capt), David Warner, Pat Cummins, Aaron Finch, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Mitchell Marsh, Tim Paine (wk), Jhye Richardson, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Andrew Tye, Cameron White, Adam Zampa.

'Nought for 68 doesn't read well, I reckon I bowled a lot of dot balls and a lot of fours and sixes, but I was really pleased with how it came out'. "I'm just looking forward to getting in amongst it".

"That gave me a fair bit of confidence", he said.

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