Belfast - Newly-appointed Australia captain Steven Smith won the toss and
elected to bat in the lone one-day international against Ireland at Stormont on
Australia, in their first match at this level since beating New Zealand in
the World Cup final in Melbourne in March, gave an ODI debut to opening batsman
Joe Burns, who replaced the injured Aaron Finch.
This was the 26-year-old Smith's first match as full-time Australia captain
since former skipper Michael Clarke retired from all international cricket
following the team's innings and 46-run victory in the fifth and final Test at
The Oval last week - a result that could not prevent England winning the
five-match Ashes series 3-2.
Ireland left out spinner George Dockrell, with Andy McBrine coming in and
Stuart Thompson replacing the injured Kevin O'Brien.
Niall O'Brien was down to keep wicket for the first time in an ODI for four
years instead of Gary Wilson, selected as a specialist batsman.
Ireland, cricket's leading non-Test nation, only missed out on a place in
the World Cup quarter-finals on net run-rate, being pipped to a last eight
place by a West Indies team they beat in pool play.
However, they have yet to beat Australia.
Ireland are now coached by former New Zealand off-spinner John Bracewell
after previous coach Phil Simmons left to take charge of his native West Indies
following the World Cup.
Rain, which delayed the scheduled start by an hour and 45 minutes, reduced
the match to a 47 overs per side contest.
This match precedes Australia's lone Twenty20 and five-match one-day series
Ireland: William Porterfield (captain), Paul Stirling, Ed Joyce, Niall O'Brien (wkt), Gary Wilson, Andy Balbirnie, John Mooney, Max Sorensen, Tim Murtagh, Stuart Thompson, Craig Young
Australia: Joe Burns, David Warner, Steven Smith (captain), George Bailey, Glenn Maxwell, Shane Watson, Mitchell Marsh, Matthew Wade (wkt), Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Nathan Coulter-Nile.
Umpires: S Ravi (IND), Mark Hawthorne (IRL)
TV umpire: Joel Wilson (WIS)
Match referee: Jeff Crowe (NZL)