Root feeling better ahead of ODI series

Jason Roy scored his fourth one-day international hundred at Melbourne on Sunday. Scott Barbour  Getty Images

Jason Roy scored his fourth one-day international hundred at Melbourne on Sunday. Scott Barbour Getty Images

The in-form Dawid Malan is the only member of the squad yet to play an ODI, with those coming in mostly experienced one-day players, including captain Eoin Morgan and wicketkeeper Jos Buttler, who will win his 100th cap at the MCG.

While the recently concluded Ashes series unfolded at an attritional pace, both sides are likely to approach the next five games in a more cavalier fashion. I could have tried to play T20 cricket around the world, but I still don't see that as the strongest part of my game.

The Durham seamer made his return in England's five-wicket victory over a Cricket Australia XI, which was a warm-up before the ODI series against Australia begins on Sunday. This time next year we need to be in a good enough space to be contenders for the World Cup.

"I think down the line there will be (a chance)", suggested Morgan.

Ballance did not feature in the series, Ball featured only in the first test and Curran was a late addition to the squad before turning out in Melbourne and Sydney. They're good one-day bowlers and a good one-day outfit so it's a good challenge.

National selector James Whitaker hailed Livingstone's impact over the past two years, and said of his selection: "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".

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

Bayliss, however, deserves credit for what he has achieved, with England's one-day side unrecognisable from the ragtag outfit that so disappointed at the 2015 World Cup in Australasia.

Eoin Morgan has leapt to the defence of England head coach Trevor Bayliss, praising him for lifting the pressure off the squad. "He signed a contract until 2019 and has always said the same thing". I'd say, if anything, the formats are getting further and further apart.

He hit 8 boundaries and 4 sixes to score 91 off only 65 balls as England romped home with 15 balls to spare.

"Even though it was a full-strength England team, I still felt pretty confident out there and was able to back my skills".

Australia squad: Steve Smith (C), David Warner, Pat Cummins, Aaron Finch, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Mitchell Marsh, Tim Paine (wk), Jhye Richardson, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Andrew Tye, Cameron White, Adam Zampa.

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