Australia v England, 1st ODI, Melbourne January 11, 2014

A fresh start, or just more pain?

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Match Facts

January 12, 2014, Melbourne
Start time 2.20pm (0320GMT)

The Big Picture

For Australia there is a World Cup to build for and the chance to add more pain. For England there is a World Cup to build for and a chance to start repairing some of the damage from the Ashes humiliation.

In the previous four Ashes series the side watching the victors celebrate with the urn have achieved some modicum of retribution, albeit small, with success in the one-day contests that follow. However, given the traumatising effect of the last six weeks, it would be a brave person who would back Alastair Cook's side to continue that trend.

In 2006-07, Andrew Flintoff's brittle and disenchanted team somehow managed to snatch the CB Series from Australia's grasp with such names as Liam Plunkett, Ed Joyce and Paul Nixon to the fore. That fleeting moment of relief was followed by a shocking World Cup campaign while Australia went unbeaten to a hat-trick of titles.

This time there is still a year until the global 50-over trophy is up for grabs, but that time will pass quickly and important markers can be laid over the coming weeks. England need to work out the balance of their top six and which bowlers will support Stuart Broad and James Anderson, although the latter is perhaps not certain to be there. Who of Steven Finn, Boyd Rankin, Tim Bresnan, Chris Jordan and Chris Woakes are the men to star with the white ball?

Australia, although understandably carrying the swagger of 5-0 winners, have some pace-bowling slots of their own to nail down and need to decide whether Xavier Doherty is the man to be their spinner in 2015. There is also a battle at the top of the order with Aaron Finch aiming to firm up an opening slot alongside the recalled David Warner.

Form guide

(Completed matches, most recent first)

Australia LLWLW
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Watch out for

Ravi Bopara enjoyed a resurgent 2013 in England's one-day side after his troubles of the previous year. If his pull off Ishant Sharma in the Champions Trophy final at Edgbaston had been placed slightly better he could have produced the defining performance of his career. Ifs and buts don't mean much although the way Bopara went about his ODI cricket was highly encouraging both with bat and ball. It was in Australia, on the 2006-07 tour, that he made his debut and much was expected of him. Development has taken longer than many hoped, but now he has the chance to show he is here for the long haul.

James Faulkner was at the Ashes celebrations in Sydney, but during the series itself he was the perennial 12th man, unable to force a change in the Australian line-up. This, though, is a format where he has already shown his worth: his previous ODI innings was a hair-raising 116 off 73 balls, batting at No. 7, against India in Bangalore. Bowling in that series was a fearsome prospect, but Faulkner came out of the carnage better than some. Neither, as his comments on his Test debut showed, is he shy at having a word or two.

Team news

There will be plenty of fresh faces for England, particularly in the middle order where Bopara and Eoin Morgan will form the fulcrum followed by Jos Buttler. Stuart Broad is rested for this and the second match meaning the likes of Chris Jordan or Chris Woakes will get a chance. The former's extra pace should make him favourite.

England (possible) 1 Alastair Cook (capt), 2 Ian Bell, 3 Joe Root, 4 Ravi Bopara, 5 Eoin Morgan, 6 Ben Stokes, 7 Jos Buttler (wk), 8 Tim Bresnan, 9 Chris Jordan, 10 James Tredwell, 11 Boyd Rankin

James Pattinson will have to wait a little longer for his international return while Shaun Marsh is the batsman to miss out. Darren Lehmann has said that Clint McKay is under pressure to lift after struggling in India - although he was not the only bowler to take a hammering - and being dropped from his BBL team.

Australia 1 David Warner, 2 Aaron Finch, 3 Shane Watson, 4 Michael Clarke (capt), 5 George Bailey, 6 Glenn Maxwell, 7 Brad Haddin (wk), 8 James Faulkner, 9 Nathan Coulter-Nile, 10 Clint McKay, 11 Xavier Doherty

Pitch and conditions

A true surface can be expected although sometimes they are a little on the slow side. The really hot weather is not due until next week and there is a chance of a shower on match day although it is expected to clear by the time the game begins.

Stats and trivia

  • When these teams previously met at the MCG in 2011, Shane Watson hit an unbeaten 161 to take Australia to victory chasing 295.

  • Xavier Doherty needs one wicket to reach 50 in ODIs

  • This fixture will be repeated on the opening day of the World Cup on February 14 next year

Quotes

"The psychological edge we take is our success against the same team recently in the UK. I don't look too much into what's just happened in the five Test matches."
Michael Clarke

"We came here to win the Ashes, everyone knows how important they are, but now we've lost them if we win this one-day series we can salvage some pride."
Alastair Cook

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY on | January 12, 2014, 2:45 GMT

    @RobbieGarden: Bailey and Faulkner have done nothing of late? You clearly didn't see them in Australia's last ODI series in India!

  • POSTED BY plodandplonk on | January 12, 2014, 2:42 GMT

    Good preview but how do you nail down a slot?

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | January 12, 2014, 2:28 GMT

    Take out Finch, Doherty, Mckay and Coulter-Nile.

    Put in Voges, Hogg, Starc and Johnson and this team will win the WC.

  • POSTED BY CantFindMyScreenName on | January 12, 2014, 2:00 GMT

    @anton1234 - ODIs and T20s do have something hanging on it. Money.

    Although judging by the crowds I saw at NZ vs Windies T20 game, I'm not sure how much longer that will last.

  • POSTED BY on | January 12, 2014, 1:47 GMT

    It's a bit rough to call the Australian bowling side weak. The last series was in India where pitches which offered no assistance and small grounds lead to stupidly high scores and made a joke of the concept of a battle between bat and ball. Would much prefer Johnson or Pattinson (outright aggressive bowlers) to NCN but, as one has earned a long break and the other isn't fully fit, you just have to make do but it's not as if NCN is a poor choice. Got to say that Voges did nothing wrong and has to feel unlucky for losing out to Maxwell though. Assuming Anderson doesn't play one has to think that Australia has the clear advantage here.

  • POSTED BY on | January 12, 2014, 1:37 GMT

    This is oddly the opposite of what I would have said 6 months ago, but Aus's ODI team looks a lot less dangerous than the test XI. The batting's good (arguably more suited to the task than the test top 7 - Finch is mightily destructive, Bailey is excellent in this form and Maxwell gives it a good whack, although you could argue that it would be good to have another 'anchor' player in the top 3), but the bowling is a bit toothless - McKay's out of form, Coulter-Nile isn't the finished product, and Doherty is really a bit pants, leaving a lot of pressure on the all-rounders Faulkner, Watson and Maxwell.

  • POSTED BY VivGilchrist on | January 12, 2014, 1:23 GMT

    @AKS286, what is your fascination with Beer? Is he a relative of yours? You name him in every team. The guy is average at best and is not one of our top 3 spinners in any format. Also @Robbie Green, have you bothered to see ther ODI records of the 4 guys you are criticizing? The lack of cricket knowledge in these posts is getting worse....

  • POSTED BY Bockee on | January 12, 2014, 0:42 GMT

    Cook / Bell / Root is NOT a ODI batting lineup - way too slow.

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | January 12, 2014, 0:31 GMT

    England is a good test side; mediocre limited overs side. They got beaten black and blue in their best format.. I guess it is a matter of time for some more humiliation.

  • POSTED BY PK83NZL on | January 11, 2014, 23:58 GMT

    Aussie's batting line up looks the goods their bowling not so much could be a high scoring game

  • POSTED BY on | January 12, 2014, 2:45 GMT

    @RobbieGarden: Bailey and Faulkner have done nothing of late? You clearly didn't see them in Australia's last ODI series in India!

  • POSTED BY plodandplonk on | January 12, 2014, 2:42 GMT

    Good preview but how do you nail down a slot?

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | January 12, 2014, 2:28 GMT

    Take out Finch, Doherty, Mckay and Coulter-Nile.

    Put in Voges, Hogg, Starc and Johnson and this team will win the WC.

  • POSTED BY CantFindMyScreenName on | January 12, 2014, 2:00 GMT

    @anton1234 - ODIs and T20s do have something hanging on it. Money.

    Although judging by the crowds I saw at NZ vs Windies T20 game, I'm not sure how much longer that will last.

  • POSTED BY on | January 12, 2014, 1:47 GMT

    It's a bit rough to call the Australian bowling side weak. The last series was in India where pitches which offered no assistance and small grounds lead to stupidly high scores and made a joke of the concept of a battle between bat and ball. Would much prefer Johnson or Pattinson (outright aggressive bowlers) to NCN but, as one has earned a long break and the other isn't fully fit, you just have to make do but it's not as if NCN is a poor choice. Got to say that Voges did nothing wrong and has to feel unlucky for losing out to Maxwell though. Assuming Anderson doesn't play one has to think that Australia has the clear advantage here.

  • POSTED BY on | January 12, 2014, 1:37 GMT

    This is oddly the opposite of what I would have said 6 months ago, but Aus's ODI team looks a lot less dangerous than the test XI. The batting's good (arguably more suited to the task than the test top 7 - Finch is mightily destructive, Bailey is excellent in this form and Maxwell gives it a good whack, although you could argue that it would be good to have another 'anchor' player in the top 3), but the bowling is a bit toothless - McKay's out of form, Coulter-Nile isn't the finished product, and Doherty is really a bit pants, leaving a lot of pressure on the all-rounders Faulkner, Watson and Maxwell.

  • POSTED BY VivGilchrist on | January 12, 2014, 1:23 GMT

    @AKS286, what is your fascination with Beer? Is he a relative of yours? You name him in every team. The guy is average at best and is not one of our top 3 spinners in any format. Also @Robbie Green, have you bothered to see ther ODI records of the 4 guys you are criticizing? The lack of cricket knowledge in these posts is getting worse....

  • POSTED BY Bockee on | January 12, 2014, 0:42 GMT

    Cook / Bell / Root is NOT a ODI batting lineup - way too slow.

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | January 12, 2014, 0:31 GMT

    England is a good test side; mediocre limited overs side. They got beaten black and blue in their best format.. I guess it is a matter of time for some more humiliation.

  • POSTED BY PK83NZL on | January 11, 2014, 23:58 GMT

    Aussie's batting line up looks the goods their bowling not so much could be a high scoring game

  • POSTED BY on | January 11, 2014, 23:41 GMT

    Come on Ausies wash them english people they only good at home and win matches that is in England !!!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | January 11, 2014, 23:38 GMT

    Can't believe McKay was picked and Bird missed out. Surely there is a better spinner in the country than Doherty also. Perhaps Steve Smith or Tim Muirhead could be options as they not only bowl but add batting and fielding depth.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | January 11, 2014, 23:26 GMT

    Finch, Warner, Watson, Bailey and Maxwell, a truly frightening batting lineup.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | January 11, 2014, 23:23 GMT

    England are going to get hammered. Australia way too strong in the batting dept, and good enough in the bowling.

  • POSTED BY wellrounded87 on | January 11, 2014, 23:01 GMT

    @Robbie Garden really? Faulkners match winning 4/9 the other day is hwat you call "don nothing" and Maxwell playing a few match winning innings in the BBL is doing nothing?

    I don't think Bailey is suited to test cricket he he's averaging nearly 60 in ODI's and in his last ODI series he averaged over 100

  • POSTED BY ilililililililililililililx on | January 11, 2014, 22:16 GMT

    Johnson and Starc need to be played. I this Starc is injured so he is excused but Johnson should be fired up after the Ashes

  • POSTED BY DevendraSudama on | January 11, 2014, 21:55 GMT

    Best XI for Australia: Finch, Warner, Watson, Clarke, Bailey, Maxwell, Haddin, Faulkner, Johnson, Starc, Pattinson.

  • POSTED BY on | January 11, 2014, 21:26 GMT

    Where is SPD Smith ????????????????????????????????????? I think he can play one dayers and i have very strong feeling he is gonna be Australian Cricket team Captain one day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | January 11, 2014, 20:55 GMT

    Re the Eng side as listed here. Not inspired at all.If Buttler - who is probably our most talented and definitely our most destructive shorter formats batsman - comes in at 7 , that for me is baffling. Buttler needs to be given more responsibility so that he doesn't feel the need to have to go after the bowlers (recklessly) from the off. It actually seems that the Aus BBL franchise who he played a few games for have more faith in him as I'm sure he came in at 3 the other day. With that side I'd put Morgan up to 3 and Buttler up to 4 - unless the ball is doing things in which case have Root and Ravi floating. Also I've not seen so much of the scoop shots/reverse shots from Jos recently. I sincerely hope it's not being coached out of him. It's one of the things that made him the player he is.

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | January 11, 2014, 20:55 GMT

    @Matt.au - Agreed. Haddin was man of the series for me. Johnson was great no doubt but Haddin came in on a number of times with Australia struggling - 5 down for not too many - and shifted the momentum Australia's way. Haddin wasn't batting alongside the batting equivalent of Harris,Siddle and Lyon.In the 1st test had it not been for Haddin our batsmen (who dont do pressure to well) would not have had so much pressure on them with a lesser Aus total and I reckon that set the tone for the series

    @jackiethepen - Maybe if the batsmen had done their job properly - the fact Stokes had our highest average speaks for itself - then Broad would have had more rest time between inns in the series. If there are 2 players who have totally earned a rest it's Stokes and Broad

    @Big-Dog - CM has done well vs Eng. I wonder if that came into their thinking? And I wonder if Eng realise that he's been in bad form - it may be a good time to try and get after him. Not that England do the going after bit

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | January 11, 2014, 20:11 GMT

    england Side Must Be Really Missed By KP Broad and Jimmy @

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | January 11, 2014, 20:09 GMT

    Very Very Disappointed to see england performance In Ashes Hoping For Some Real Fight Back Come On

  • POSTED BY Big-Dog on | January 11, 2014, 19:24 GMT

    Australia's attack is being lead by McKay whose form has been so bad he can't even get a start in the ignominious big bash league. England might actually win something on this tour.

  • POSTED BY electric_loco_WAP4 on | January 11, 2014, 18:49 GMT

    A fresh start def. I say. Fresh start to more cricket -of moreful variety- and fresh new series.And ofcourse a fresh w/wash! Or the same sorry story repeating . Pick your perspective folks !-:)

  • POSTED BY on | January 11, 2014, 18:35 GMT

    Our (Aussie) side looks exceptionally weak without Smith, Johnson, Pattinson, and Harris there. Bailey, Maxwell, Faulkner, and McKay have done nothing of late.

  • POSTED BY on | January 11, 2014, 18:21 GMT

    Australia are looking really good. With Patto, Mitch, Satrcy & Bird as options in the pace battery it will be a really good lead up to the WC. However, I think Patto, Mitch & Faulkner are the best amongst them. The only worry will be Doherty, the way he geta hammered all over the park is really a big problem for the Aussies. I suggest converting Steven Smith into a proper all rounder would really help, which adds another batsman to the side. Brad Haddin's ODI place will be under scrutiny after poor showings in India. He does not have a cover named in the squad for him, but hope he catches some rest before the crucial series against SA, its not easy to play 2 gruelling formats @ 37.

    The best XI here would be:

    Finch, Warner, Watson, Clarke, Bailey, Maxwell, Haddin, Faulkner, Johnson, Pattinson & Doherty.

  • POSTED BY on | January 11, 2014, 18:11 GMT

    England possible side is okay for numbers 5,6 and 7. Therefore, we will be humiliated again.

  • POSTED BY Cricfever_PM on | January 11, 2014, 17:26 GMT

    Looking at the possible Eng XI nothing gonna change, they should have included KP, Broad & Anderson in ODI's. They lost the test match very badly and atleast in ODI's they could have played well if they had KP, Broad & Anderson. I think Eng selectors should look for the option of playing these three in ODIs. Australia looks good in card and they will dominate the ODIs as well. Good luck for Cook & Co.

  • POSTED BY AKS286 on | January 11, 2014, 15:50 GMT

    Cook, Bell, Root, Stokes, Morgan, Bopara, Buttler, Finn, Tredwell, Rankin, Tremlett Finch, Marsh, Watto, Smith, Bailey, Haddin/Handscomb, Maxwell/Faulkner, Gannon, McKay, HILFY, Beer.

  • POSTED BY xtrafalgarx on | January 11, 2014, 15:45 GMT

    The bowling attack is settled but i'm not sure whether or not it's our best after the Indian series. Mckay needs to find form, he is a good bowler, but his lack of pace will always come into question if he is not taking wickets. Doherty is pretty solid, so is Faulkner but Johnson is our only big gun in that attack until Starc comes back. Hopefully NCN will step up to the plate because we need more fire power.

    Our ODI batting is 2nd only to India i reckon. However, Warner and Finch need ALOT more consistency in this format. That is why i actually back Shaun Marsh over Finch because contrary to popular belief, he is actually FAR more consistent than either of those two and his record proves it. He is a far more complete player than Finch, though he is improving to be fair. Finch/Warner sounds good in theory, but we need to see them prosper more often!

  • POSTED BY Iddo555 on | January 11, 2014, 14:40 GMT

    Cook, Bell, Root, Morgan, Woakes, Stokes, Butler, Jordan, Bresnan, Briggs, Rankin

  • POSTED BY anton1234 on | January 11, 2014, 14:06 GMT

    I also like the idea of awarding points across different formats (like they do in the women's game). This way the the ODIs and T20 internationals will have greater context. So how about 3 points for winning the test series, 2 for the ODIs and 1 for the T20 series. So even though Australia have win the test series and take 3 points, England could potentially draw the entire series, by winning the ODI and the T20 series. This will mean most ODIs and T20s will have something hanging on the outcome and not simply be treated as 'friendlies'.

  • POSTED BY Cricmaths123 on | January 11, 2014, 13:28 GMT

    Why have Australia rested both their fast bowlers pattinson and Johnson. One of them could have played to knock the English batsmen over. But this Australian team is looking very strong and I don't think England will be able to win even a single game after resting most of their key players. It would an ODI whitewash too.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | January 11, 2014, 13:24 GMT

    Would have bn an awesome if a tri series tournament is held between India Aus n England!!! An exciting piece of series it wud be. And I suppose it wud attract more dan Ipl n bbl n big bash!!!

  • POSTED BY anton1234 on | January 11, 2014, 12:55 GMT

    I don't like the 50 over game much. It's too pedestrian. I think T20s are much more exciting. The Big Bash has been really good. I hope they reduce the 50 overs a side to 40 overs a side and make the bowlers get back to their mark faster (like in T20s). There has to be faster turnaround between deliveries. 40 overs a side will bring about greater intensity than the 50 over game but retain some of the subtlety of the 50 over game.

  • POSTED BY CodandChips on | January 11, 2014, 11:13 GMT

    I hope everyone gets a go this series. Especially Finn, Jordan and Briggs.

    I think our tactic needs to change re clogging up the top order with test batsmen. We just don't score 300 enough. Hopefully Ravi Bopara will lose the yips he has when chasing a score.

    Not too sure about Woakes or Bresnan. Their ODI stats are similar and I'd go with Woakes because he is younger and in my opinion also more talented.

    1.Cook 2.Carberry 3.Root 4.Ballance 5.Morgan 6.Stokes 7.Buttler 8.Woakes 9.Jordan 10.Briggs 11.Finn.

    Get Carberry to bat like he does for Hampshire, not to fit the rigid formula. Perhaps the bowling is a bit inexperienced. Swap Cook with Bell halfway through the series to give both opportunity and make Morgan captain. Play Rankin in case of injury and bring in Bresnan for Woakes for 1 or 2 matches and bring in Broad. Tredwell was poor vs Aus at home

    I think however England will go 1.Cook 2.Bell Root 4.Morgan 5.Bopara 6.Buttler 7.Stokes 8.Bresnan 9.Tredwell 10.Rankin 11.Finn

  • POSTED BY jackiethepen on | January 11, 2014, 11:02 GMT

    All the talk of the batsmen. Where are our bowlers? Is Broad so tired he's incapable of bowling 10 overs?

  • POSTED BY on | January 11, 2014, 10:38 GMT

    Lyon is good but O'Keefe is a better ODI spinner for mine in the long term. I would blood Maddinson in this series. There are some terrific young Wicketkeepers coming through. So keep Haddin until he loses form and then blood one of the young guns for a long Test career. I would swap Coulter-Nile or McKay for Ben Cutting. He is an improving bowler and a match winning batter in the tail... I think Moises Henriques can also contribute if anyone loses from from 5 down to 8 in the team. Keep Pattinson, Cummins, Bird and Johnson for the South African tests along with Starc if he is fit. Along with Siddle and Harris, that is a great bowling line up for the three tests. And O'Keefe as the back up spinner.

  • POSTED BY Nickoshot on | January 11, 2014, 10:29 GMT

    I think it will be more pain for England but its about learning for the 2015 world cup that is why the Ashes has been moved so make the most of it. Can't help to think it will be the same as last time Aus score over 300 and England can't match it.

    Luke Wright has been smashing it about in the big bash, I wonder if he will be called in at some point

  • POSTED BY Ross_Co on | January 11, 2014, 9:57 GMT

    Generally the team which lost the Test series wins the ODIs.

  • POSTED BY mohanram82 on | January 11, 2014, 9:52 GMT

    my australian team for WORLD CUP 2015 : 1. warner 2. finch 3. watson 4. clarke 5. bailey 6. maxwell/ steve smith 7. haddin 8.faulkner 9. johnson 10. pattinson 11. doherty... # ofcourse doherty is left arm orthodox and have little advantage over nathan lyon...# mckay is best wicket taking bowler but his economy rate is high.. so jus fire the batsmen with some pace like pattinson..and he can come as good bowler for australia in future..

  • POSTED BY CSpiers on | January 11, 2014, 9:52 GMT

    Voges for Maxwell and Pattinson for Coulter-Nile. Don't understand the reason behind selecting three all-rounders (even though Watto won't bowl) - Watson, Faulkner + Maxwell.

  • POSTED BY Henry_Crun on | January 11, 2014, 9:52 GMT

    @Naren - Marsh a better long term pick? The only thing that Marsh brings to a team is indecision. His record of run outs, himself and his batting partner, is abysmal

  • POSTED BY TheBigBoodha on | January 11, 2014, 7:40 GMT

    Even Stevens, I'd say. This AUS attacks isn't going to cause too many problems for anyone - the batting is strong, though. I'm tipping an English victory in the first game before two Aussie wins - after Aus strengthen the attack - and an Eng win in the fourth game to tie the series 2-2.

  • POSTED BY nitinchilwar on | January 11, 2014, 7:34 GMT

    why the hell they are sticking to xavier doherty who has always proves to be a big flop for oz all the time they should take someone else to brutalise england

  • POSTED BY Chris_P on | January 11, 2014, 7:25 GMT

    @Naren. Help me understand how Marsh would be a better long term prospect when he is 3 years older than Finch & about 6 months younger than Bailey while having a significantly lower strike rate in both International & domestic one day batting? And Clint McKay has a lower bowling average AND lower economy rate than Pattinson on both ODI & Internationals so are you still baffled? It baffles me you know so little about cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | January 11, 2014, 7:19 GMT

    Not sure why Aaron Finch's T20 form has got selectors confused into thinking he's a better credentialed option than Michael Klinger or Sean Marsh (or Phil Hughes). Averages 30 from 18 games, the guy's a T20 specialist, let's hope they figure that out and move on quickly.

    Big Show at 6 instead of Adam Voges? Not sure about that one.

  • POSTED BY Matt.au on | January 11, 2014, 7:19 GMT

    @AlSmug, agree on not wishing to disrespect Wade or any other player commented on.

    All you can do is look at the facts and the performances of particular players. I think some posters have favourite players (as I do) and they tend to let their sentiments for those players get in the way of cold hard facts.

    Wade was given an extended, more than fair stint, to be able to consolidate the position as 'keeper and make it his own for the next 10 years. Sadly for him, he was unable to justify his place in the Australian cricket side as a 'keeper.

    I saw him take one great catch for Victoria in the Ryobi Cup but on a more regular basis, he was again very untidy and looking to lack confidence.

  • POSTED BY AlSmug on | January 11, 2014, 6:37 GMT

    @matt.au, probably lol, it was without a shadow of doubt an embarrassment to have such a poor gloveman represent Australia , his keeping to the spinners was tragic!, Lyon would of had his 100th wicket prior this series if it as not for Wade, no disrespect to the man hes a fine batsmen but a terrible keeper

  • POSTED BY Matt.au on | January 11, 2014, 5:57 GMT

    @jonesy2 What is so ridiculous about Wade not being selected?

    Have you watched Haddin play of late? He is in career best batting and keeping form.

    The last time Wade played for Australia his last series performances were probably some of the worst ever by an Australian wicketkeeper.

  • POSTED BY on | January 11, 2014, 5:41 GMT

    xavier dorothy is not that good and will be taking apart by the opposition team.clint Mckay is okay but Australia should work on Pat Cummins that kid is a beauty and if he sustain well he will be the natural successor of Brett lee. MY 2015 bet will be:- Finch,Warner, Watson, Clarke, Bailey, Maxwell, Hadin, Flukner,Jhonson,Cummins, O'koffe, pattionson, and Lyon

  • POSTED BY pat_one_back on | January 11, 2014, 5:32 GMT

    Look's a weak attack for Aust with no Patto or MJ but looking at the Eng lineup, sooo-eee I wouldn't back them against Sydney Thunder. Just as well Aust are easing their way in otherwise we'd be flipping to channel 10 to see a full twenty overs bowled. Eng's strategy appears to be see off the new balls and cross the next bridge if they come to it.

  • POSTED BY Ozcricketwriter on | January 11, 2014, 4:32 GMT

    They both look like pretty experimental sides. Australia are just getting their test players ready for South Africa. I don't think that the ODI component to this series matters a whole lot to either side. I would think that Pattinson will play in either the 2nd or 3rd ODI as he is going to be going to South Africa. Maybe give Jackson Bird a shot too, as he should be in contention to go to South Africa too. Oh and Steve O'Keefe should definitely be given a shot. Xavier Doherty won't be going to South Africa but O'Keefe might.

  • POSTED BY jonesy2 on | January 11, 2014, 3:35 GMT

    englands ODI team is even worse than their test team so expect Australia to duly thump them again and again and again, if they are motivated for it which im sure the likes of finch, Faulkner, coulter-nile, bailey and Maxwell are. why isn't wade the keeper? ridiculous. that England bowling lineup on paper is surely the worst ever to grace international cricket?

  • POSTED BY on | January 11, 2014, 3:33 GMT

    Nothing wrong with picking McKay. Look at his record... Coulter-Nile on the other hand is overrated by the selectors. There is just no way he is better than Pattinson.

  • POSTED BY AlSmug on | January 11, 2014, 3:33 GMT

    More pain , its a no brainer

  • POSTED BY Living_It on | January 11, 2014, 3:20 GMT

    Pattinson should be picked in front of McKay every day of the week. With all of Australia fast bowling stocks (yes Starc and Cummins are still recovering from injury) i dont know why McKay is picked, especially given that we are building towards the 2015 world cup where Mckay will be 32 years old.

  • POSTED BY on | January 11, 2014, 3:18 GMT

    England won't get a better chance to bounce back than in this first match, with McKay out of form, Johnson rested and Starc nowhere in sight our bowling attack isn't looking great. Having said that nor does England's, could be a high scoring affair! I don't understand England's top 3, there is zero firepower in it, nothing like digging yourself into a hole early I guess.

  • POSTED BY Naren on | January 11, 2014, 3:08 GMT

    Pathetic Selection to keep picking McKay. McKay over Pattinson completely baffles me. Also not picking Marsh does not make sense. Marsh would be a better long term pick than Bailey or even Finch.

  • POSTED BY Biggus on | January 11, 2014, 3:03 GMT

    "A fresh start, or just more pain?". Mmmmm, the second I suspect. I think we're (Aus) much stronger in ODIs where our dodgy batting is less likely to be exposed, plus we generally field really well.

  • POSTED BY class9ryan on | January 11, 2014, 3:00 GMT

    Chris Jordan would be closely watched by the Poms. He is obviously in line for a Test place with Bresnan being dropped, Finn and Rankin haven't been impressive. With come extra pace in his ranks, he could be one to watch this series.

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  • POSTED BY class9ryan on | January 11, 2014, 3:00 GMT

    Chris Jordan would be closely watched by the Poms. He is obviously in line for a Test place with Bresnan being dropped, Finn and Rankin haven't been impressive. With come extra pace in his ranks, he could be one to watch this series.

  • POSTED BY Biggus on | January 11, 2014, 3:03 GMT

    "A fresh start, or just more pain?". Mmmmm, the second I suspect. I think we're (Aus) much stronger in ODIs where our dodgy batting is less likely to be exposed, plus we generally field really well.

  • POSTED BY Naren on | January 11, 2014, 3:08 GMT

    Pathetic Selection to keep picking McKay. McKay over Pattinson completely baffles me. Also not picking Marsh does not make sense. Marsh would be a better long term pick than Bailey or even Finch.

  • POSTED BY on | January 11, 2014, 3:18 GMT

    England won't get a better chance to bounce back than in this first match, with McKay out of form, Johnson rested and Starc nowhere in sight our bowling attack isn't looking great. Having said that nor does England's, could be a high scoring affair! I don't understand England's top 3, there is zero firepower in it, nothing like digging yourself into a hole early I guess.

  • POSTED BY Living_It on | January 11, 2014, 3:20 GMT

    Pattinson should be picked in front of McKay every day of the week. With all of Australia fast bowling stocks (yes Starc and Cummins are still recovering from injury) i dont know why McKay is picked, especially given that we are building towards the 2015 world cup where Mckay will be 32 years old.

  • POSTED BY AlSmug on | January 11, 2014, 3:33 GMT

    More pain , its a no brainer

  • POSTED BY on | January 11, 2014, 3:33 GMT

    Nothing wrong with picking McKay. Look at his record... Coulter-Nile on the other hand is overrated by the selectors. There is just no way he is better than Pattinson.

  • POSTED BY jonesy2 on | January 11, 2014, 3:35 GMT

    englands ODI team is even worse than their test team so expect Australia to duly thump them again and again and again, if they are motivated for it which im sure the likes of finch, Faulkner, coulter-nile, bailey and Maxwell are. why isn't wade the keeper? ridiculous. that England bowling lineup on paper is surely the worst ever to grace international cricket?

  • POSTED BY Ozcricketwriter on | January 11, 2014, 4:32 GMT

    They both look like pretty experimental sides. Australia are just getting their test players ready for South Africa. I don't think that the ODI component to this series matters a whole lot to either side. I would think that Pattinson will play in either the 2nd or 3rd ODI as he is going to be going to South Africa. Maybe give Jackson Bird a shot too, as he should be in contention to go to South Africa too. Oh and Steve O'Keefe should definitely be given a shot. Xavier Doherty won't be going to South Africa but O'Keefe might.

  • POSTED BY pat_one_back on | January 11, 2014, 5:32 GMT

    Look's a weak attack for Aust with no Patto or MJ but looking at the Eng lineup, sooo-eee I wouldn't back them against Sydney Thunder. Just as well Aust are easing their way in otherwise we'd be flipping to channel 10 to see a full twenty overs bowled. Eng's strategy appears to be see off the new balls and cross the next bridge if they come to it.