Australia v England: first ODI – live!

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Welcome to the first ODI from the MCG!

We’re finally here. The series that England came 10,000 miles to win this summer. Yep, we’re into the One Day Internationals! Adam Collins with you here to bring you all the action from the first innings at the MCG. After it really chucked it down with rain for 24 hours yesterday, it’s dry and humid today. So there should be no issues for getting away on time in about 70 minutes from now.

I still get a kick out of 50-over cricket, so I’m quite looking forward to this. Sometimes these series can feel a bit after the Lord Mayor’s Show, but with a World Cup around the corner (in England next year) this has a fair bit riding on it.

Especially the hosts. Australia will be defending that trophy when the time comes, but their form with the white ball is patchy at best over the last couple of years. In their most recent series, a four of India last October, Steve Smith’s men were comfortably beaten 4-1.

As for England, they were an absolute lock to win the Champions Trophy last year. Until, that is, they were smashed by Pakistan in the semi-final from nowhere really. On their day, the most aggressive side in the world. Great fun to watch. Hopefully, they can put on a show.

Vish is up in the press box with me here, writing the series for the paper. He’s penned a nice scene-setter overnight about the journey of Eoin Morgan’s side since the last time they played ODIs on Australian soil - the 2015 World Cup debacle. What they have now but didn’t last time around? Confidence, man. And plenty of it.

Confidence Man.

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Adam will be here shortly. In the meantime, have a read of his report on how Australia’s Steve Smith has winning the Ashes in England on his bucket list. And some ODI series preview business:

Oh and then there’s this Joy of Six on 10th-wicket stands.

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