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Root expected to be fit for ODI opener

14 January 2018

"Everyone has been playing plenty of cricket so it won't be a case of England being rusty".

"I'd say, if anything, the formats are getting further and further apart".

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.

Morgan has been delighted by the progress England have made under Bayliss since the 2015 World Cup saying they have improved a lot faster than anyone thought they would.

0930 hrs IST: 50 up for Australia in the 10th over.

"Originally, England probably played with too much freedom and not enough nous, but now they are so much more experienced as a group and as individuals that they are being far more consistent than they ever have been", said Taylor, who averaged 42 in 27 ODIs.

Smith previously stated that Maxwell was dropped in part because his training habits were not up to global standards and the pair were snapped clearing the air at a cafe in Melbourne on Friday.

Root was hospitalised on the final morning of the fifth Ashes Test in Sydney with gastroenteritis but England ODI skipper Eoin Morgan said he would play in the series opener in Melbourne. "We've certainly tempered our aggression with some smart cricket", he said.

Roy and Jonny Bairstow look set to continue opening after two century stands in their first two games together against West Indies in September, with Alex Hales dropping to three.

England's formidable attack will be missing the likes of Ben Stokes who is yet to receive a green signal from Police Authority of Bristol, England.

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. The all-rounder claimed 2-28 from 10 overs in the warm-up victory over a Cricket Australia XI this week.

Marsh continued his renaissance from the Test series with 50 from 66 balls, but was bowled by a cleverly disguised wrong'un from Rashid.

Toss: Eoin Morgan, the England captain, won the toss and opted to bowl against Australia in the first One-Day International at Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday (January 14).

Root expected to be fit for ODI opener