Australia vs. England, 1st ODI: Date, Time, Live Stream, TV Info and Preview

Chris TealeFeatured ColumnistJanuary 10, 2014

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 05:  Michael Clarke of Australia lifts the urn during day three of the Fifth Ashes Test match between Australia and England at Sydney Cricket Ground on January 5, 2014 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
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After Australia secured a 5-0 whitewash in the recent Ashes series over England, attention now shifts to a series of five One Day Internationals, starting in Melbourne on Sunday.

Venue: Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne

Date: Sunday, January 12, 2013

Start time: 03:20 GMT

Live on: Sky Sports 2 (UK), Channel 9 (Australia)

Weather: According to AccuWeather, Melbourne may start slightly cloudy but will clear to leave a pleasant sunny day with highs of 26°C.


SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 05: Mitchell Johnson of Australia looks on during a press conference after winning the Ashes series 5-0 during day three of the Fifth Ashes Test match between Australia and Englad at Sydney Cricket Ground on January 5, 2014 in
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Thankfully for England, the torturous Ashes series is over, although they now start a series of five One Day Internationals against the Australia team that demolished them 5-0 in the Tests.

The tourists do welcome a number of new players into their squad for the five-match ODI series, including Jos Buttler and Ravi Bopara, who are looking to push for a Test place.

In keeping with recent ODI series, England have rested senior players Kevin Pietersen and James Anderson completely, while Stuart Broad will sit out the first two games.

That leaves quite a void in the tourists’ pace bowling ranks, with Chris Jordan, Steven Finn and Chris Woakes among those who will look to stake their claim for a permanent position.

The Australians are more reluctant to rotate their squad, especially after such a dominant display in the Test series.

The only player to be rested for this game is England’s torturer-in-chief Mitchell Johnson, but there will be little respite for the tourists with James Pattinson, Clint McKay and Nathan Coulter-Nile in the squad and raring to go.

Darren Lehmann has indicated that players involved in the Tests will be rested at various points throughout the ODI series, but he is reluctant to rotate too heavily.

For England, this series represents a chance at some redemption, while Australia will be looking to retain their 100 percent winning record across all formats of the game.


Team News

Australia: Michael Clarke (capt), David Warner, Aaron Finch, Shane Watson, Shaun Marsh, George Bailey, Brad Haddin, Glenn Maxwell, James Faulkner, Mitchell Johnson, Nathan Coulter-Nile, James Pattinson, Clint McKay, Xavier Doherty.

England: Alastair Cook (capt), Gary Ballance, Ian Bell, Ravi Bopara, Tim Bresnan, Danny Briggs, Stuart Broad, Jos Buttler, Michael Carberry, Steven Finn, Chris Jordan, Eoin Morgan, Boyd Rankin, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, James Tredwell, Chris Woakes.


Key Players

Brad Haddin

Before the Ashes series, there were suggestions that Brad Haddin was close to retiring from the game and that his powers were perhaps on the wane.

However, after a Test series in which he averaged 61.62 and scored at least 50 in every first innings, Haddin is still very much a key cog in Australia’s batting lineup and will need to be removed early by England’s bowlers.

Jos Buttler

When Matt Prior was dropped for his poor form with the bat and gloves, it was a perfect opportunity for Jonny Bairstow to stake his claim as England’s wicketkeeper.

However, he failed to convince in the role, and if Jos Buttler manages to show some good form in both facets of his game, he may force his way into the reckoning in time for the summer.