Cricket

Australia win toss, elect to bat in first ODI

2015-09-03 15:03
Steve Smith (Gallo Images)

Southampton - Australia captain Steven Smith won the toss and elected to bat against England in the first one-day international at the Ageas Bowl on Thursday.

England, who beat Australia in both a five-Test Ashes series and Monday's lone Twenty20 international in Cardiff, brought back James Taylor at number three, moved Moeen Ali down to number seven and played Chris Woakes as a seam-bowling all-rounder rather than David Willey, with batsman Sam Billings also missing out.

World champions Australia fielded the same side that beat Ireland by 23 runs under the Duckworth/Lewis method in a one-day international in Belfast on August 27.

This day/night fixture is the first of a five-match series and the first time the teams have met at this level since Australia beat England by 111 runs in Melbourne in February en route to winning the World Cup.

Teams

England

Jason Roy, Alex Hales, James Taylor, Eoin Morgan (capt), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler (wkt), Moeen Ali, Adil Rashid, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood, Steven Finn

Australia

David Warner, Joe Burns, Steven Smith (capt), George Bailey, Glenn Maxwell, Shane Watson, Mitchell Marsh, Matthew Wade (wkt), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins

Umpires: Joel Wilson (WIS), Michael Gough (ENG)

TV umpire: Kumar Dharmasena (SRI)

Match referee: Jeff Crowe (NZL)

 

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