Plunkett reveals why the ODI series against Australia is extremely important

Plunkett reveals why the ODI series against Australia is extremely important

Plunkett reveals why the ODI series against Australia is extremely important

Meanwhile, Morgan confirmed that a decision on Alex Hales's return will be made on the morning of the first ODI in Melbourne.

Needless to say, Australia have definitely been the superior team for larger stretches of the rivalry, while at times England have also dominated their rivals.

"I haven't really had much contact with him unless I go over there", the teenager said.

England's development into a one-day force after their dismal group-stage exit from the 2015 World Cup has been based largely on a talented batting line-up prepared to attack throughout the innings. There was some chat about the depth of Australia's pace-bowling resources during the Test series (Jackson Bird's outing on the bad MCG surface was the only time it was put into action) and this series may give some indication how it stands with the white ball. However, with the coloured jersey on, the English team will not let Australians take the charge from first match itself.

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Commenting on the selection of Livingstone, England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) national selector James Whitaker, said: "Liam has been a player that we have been impressed with for quite some time, having performed well in the county system with Lancashire and over the past couple of years with the England Lions".

Joe Root has been passed fit for the first one-day worldwide against Australia after recovering from a viral illness.

With Bairstow guaranteed one of the opening slots that means former partners Jason Roy and Hales going head to head.

During the Ashes, England were unbalanced by the absence of all-rounder Ben Stokes, who remains unavailable while he waits to find out if he will be charged after being arrested on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm outside a Bristol nightclub in September.

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Hales is free to play again after being cleared over his involvement in the Stokes incident.

Eoin Morgan has defended his head coach, Trevor Bayliss, before England's ODI series against Australia. "He signed a contract until 2019 and has always said the same thing". "As does Paul Farbrace - he's very positive and they are a good combination".

He hit 8 boundaries and 4 sixes to score 91 off only 65 balls as England romped home with 15 balls to spare. "It is astonishing - he would be my first player on the team sheet".

Steve Smith & Eoin Morgan with the ODI series trophy.

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Smith confirmed Josh Hazlewood will be rested but was tightlipped on who would replace him from uncapped West Australian quicks Jhye Richardson and Andrew Tye.

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