What: England versus Australia, first ODI
Where: Headingley, Leeds
When: Wednesday, September 6, 10:15 a.m. BST
Live Stream: Sky Sports 2
TV info: Sky Sports 2, 9:30 a.m.–7 p.m. BST, highlights Channel 5, 7 p.m.–8 p.m. BST
Australia's Aaron Finch and Shaun Marsh piled on the runs against Scotland in Edinburgh, with Finch notching up 148 off 116 and Marsh adding 151 off 149. Even in the context that "it's just Scotland," those were still some fine efforts.
Their bowlers also had good returns with Mitchell Johnson picking up four wickets and James Faulkner picking up two. Predicting Australia's starting XI for the first ODI is tricky and the selectors will be scratching their heads as to which combination works best.
England, meanwhile, sent a weakened squad to Ireland. Despite a few top-order wobbles, Eoin Morgan and Ravi Bopara both scored hundreds to help them to a comfortable win in the end.
That side is likely to be packed with a few more experienced campaigners for the first one-dayer, though. Alastair Cook, Stuart Broad and Kevin Pietersen are all likely to return to face Australia at Headingley on Friday.
The two sides have played each other in an ODI in Leeds just four times before. Australia won the first two matches, played in 1975 and 1981, but lost the last two in 1997 and 2005. Those records mean nothing now, but both will be content with the track having flattened out as the English summer has worn on.
There should be some assistance for the seamers, especially if there is cloud around. Ah, clouds in England. There will be so many clouds that the game might not happen at all. The weather forecast looks grim, with rain forecast for the entire day, according to the Met Office.
English weather does have the tendency to change at will, though. Therefore, should a game be salvaged, the bowlers will be able to take advantage.
Australia's bowlers will be eyeing England's beleaguered top order with this in mind. With all those who struggled during the Test series now being offered a chance to up their confidence a bit before the curtain falls on what has been a very successful summer, the battle between the batsmen and bowlers will be interesting if there is any play at all.
Australia's batsmen will have expectations of their own to live up to. If Finch makes the side, all eyes will be on him following his record-breaking 156 off just 63 balls in the first T20. It's been a long and gruelling time out in England for Australia. The one-day series is the visitors' chance to add a little bit of fun to what has been a largely miserable outing. The team themselves certainly seem to be having fun, though, if their tweets are anything to go by.
The Australian one-day team, although they went winless in the Champions Trophy, have a really exciting group of players at their disposal who should all give England a serious run for their money.
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