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England win toss and bowl against Australia in first ODI

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England captain Eoin Morgan called the Ashes loss “devastating”, but said he hoped for the side of the world.
England won the toss and thing to bowl against Australia in Sunday’s international one-day opening at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Australia completed an emphatic 4-0 win in the recent Ashes Test series and the five-day games offer a chance for the English to salvage something from a disastrous tour.
Both teams are vastly different to their test line-ups, with a number of limited-overs specialists coming in as they start to prepare for next year’s World Cup. England captain Joe Root hands over the leadership duties to Morgan Eoin, who called the loss Ashes “devastating” for English cricket. “Hopefully we can do anything about this,” he said. Morgan said the English were happy to chase any total. “We’re looking for something really good,” he said. England will play two spinners in Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid. Fast bowler Andrew Tye debut for Australia and captain Steve Smith, fresh from a remarkable Ashes series with the bat, said he wanted to see an improvement in his team in one-day cricket. “I was probably going to bowl, but I’m happy to beat,” he said. “We’ve gotten to get out of one-day cricket, it has not been about 12-18 months.” Teams: Australia – David Warner, Aaron Finch, Steve Smith (Capt), Travis Head, Mitchell Marsh, Marcus Stoinis, Tim Paine, Mitchell Starc, Cummins Pat, Adam Zampa, Andrew Tye. England – Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Alex Hales, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (Capt), Jos Buttler, Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid, Liam Plunkett, Mark Wood. Umpires: Chris Gaffaney (NZL), Simon Fry (AUS) Umpire TV: Kumar Dharmasena Match referee: Ranjan Madugalle (SRL)

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