Australia vs England ODI Series

Australian captain Steve Smith and England counterpart Eoin Morgan after the toss at the MCG

Australian captain Steve Smith and England counterpart Eoin Morgan after the toss at the MCG

After a humbling 4-0 defeat in the Tests to relinquish the Ashes, Bayliss has come under fire for the manner in which England were unable to land a telling blow on the hosts.

Wood bowled swiftly and well with the new ball, notably making life hard for David Warner, and leaving open the tantalising question of what a difference he might have made to England's Ashes tilt.

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. What a wicket. It was a bit wide with a hint of turn.

The biggest question, of course, remains the same - how do you get out Steve Smith, although with the white ball this time as opposed to the red.

0930 hrs IST: 50 up for Australia in the 10th over. Moeen missed a half-chance for a return catch off Finch, who was also at the centre of proceedings when England lost their lone review - Rashid pushing hastily for an lbw referral to a wrong'un comfortably sliding past leg stump.

Finch's innings ensured Australia had a decent platform from which to launch in the closing overs.

0850 hrs IST: Okay, here we go!

He had gone on to 60 when he scooped a delivery from Chris Woakes to Joe Root at mid-off, ending his 80-run partnership with Tim Paine (27) and costing Australia late innings momentum.

He put on 118 with Finch for the fourth wicket after Australia were in a little trouble at 78 for three following the dismissal of Travis Head for five. A lovely drive from Finch through mid-on to get four!

A third MCG century against England for Aaron Finch and a recast middle order allowed Australia to climb to 8 for 304 after being sent in to bat and made to hop around early on by a fast and hostile Mark Wood in the opening ODI.

Australia have liberally employed stand-in coaches for some limited overs assignments themselves using them as an opportunity to trial the best coaches in the country while giving Darren Lehmann a break. This match is Jos Buttler's 100th for England, and he was presented with a commemorative cap by James Anderson before play. They have been brilliant in the 50-over games in the recent past and a win here would be so good for them.

Be sure to join The Roar for live coverage of the first ODI from 2:20pm (AEDT) and don't forget to drop a comment in the section below. England then face a Test series at home to Pakistan and India next summer which might not be a walk in the park either.

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