England win toss and bowl against Australia in first ODI

Eoin Morgan plundered 81 runs from 76 balls as England beat a Cricket Australia XI

Eoin Morgan plundered 81 runs from 76 balls as England beat a Cricket Australia XI

Eoin Morgan has defended his head coach, Trevor Bayliss, before England's ODI series against Australia.

Those qualities are not the only pre-requisites for success in Test cricket, of course, but Bayliss - along with assistant coach Paul Farbrace and captain Eoin Morgan - have turned England into a formidable white-ball unit.

After recovering from a viral illness Joe Root is set to play for England. However, the 50-over format battle is expected to be far more competitive and closely fought than much hyped underwhelming Ashes. "So I'm open to it".

The five-match series presents England with a chance to test the limits of their carefree approach against the world champions before next year's home World Cup.

Jos Buttler definitely has a task on his shoulders going into the first one-day worldwide. On one hand, the hosts will be hoping to continue their dream stint and on the other, the visitors, whose tryst with batting experiment nearly blew up in their faces, will be looking to shrug aside their struggles and approach the ODIs like they have been doing from previous year and a half.

"It had quite a significant role, really", Morgan said.

Had Bayliss not been brought in with the 2019 World Cup so strongly in mind, with that marquee competition being played on English soil, a witch-hunt might already have burned him at the stake. This time next year we need to be in a good enough space to be contenders for the World Cup.

"He thinks if he keeps missing all the T20 cricket he's just going to fall behind and not be up to speed when those come along". He has worked regressively with the full fortitude to get this call and will be eyeing to add more runs after his name to keep up the faith shown by the Australian national selectors. It gives clarity to everybody in the team. We certainly thrived on that. "It's not often you get free rein and ambition to be as adventurous as you like".

"Ben is a fantastic player".

"He is obviously a key part".

"I know they had a hard run with weather in the Champions Trophy, they didn't even complete a full game against us, and certainly that was a struggle for them". Like most nations, they have also been strong at home and suffered few losses while playing against India. "They don't have as many changes as we have from Tests to one-dayers so they'll probably be up on the confidence of the Ashes win".

One thing that limited overs teams need less time to worry about is the prospect of conditions overly favouring the hosts.

The tourists are going to need a lot of runs though. He wants to play in 50-over World Cups and T20 World Cups.

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