Joe Root is a key player in England's middle order. Picture: PA/metro.co.uk
England and Australia do battle in the 1st ODI of their five match series at Headingley on Friday, with the hosts set to field a below strength team after resting several of their Ashes stars for the 50 over matches. Skipper Alistair Cook, James Anderson, Graeme Swann and Stuart Broad have all been given a spell following the five Test matches, while Tim Bresnan has been ruled out for the rest of the English summer with a back injury.
Ashley Giles men scored a six wicket victory over Ireland earlier in the week, but the margin of victory was somewhat flattering after they had slumped to 4/48 in pursuit of 270 for victory. Eoin Morgan and Ravi Bopara guided England to victory with unbeaten tons in an unbroken partnership of 226 but will have more support against Australia with Kevin Pietersen , Jonathan Trott and Joe Root all set to return after sitting the match in Dublin out. With Anderson and Broad out, Steven Finn and Boyd Rankin are expected to lead the attack with Durham allrounder Ben Stokes the third seamer and James Tredwell the spin option.
Shaun Marsh and Aaron Finch will open the batting for Australia after tuning up for this fixture with 151 and 148 respectively in the 200 run win over Scotland on Tuesday, with Shane Watson batting at first drop. Pakistan born leg spinner Fawad Ahmed impressed in the 2nd T20 International against the old enemy last weekend and will get another chance in the national side after making his ODI debut (without the VB logo on his shirt) against Scotland.
Australia snapped an eleven match losing streak against England by winning the 1st T20 International between the sides last week but has lost the last six 50 over matches the pair has played.
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