England wins toss, bats in 1st ODI vs. Australia
Jan. 12, 2014
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — England captain Alastair Cook won the toss and elected to bat Sunday in the first one-day cricket international against Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
Australia rested fast bowler Mitchell Johnson, who terrorized the England batsmen during the Ashes test series which it won 5-0. Instead, the home side gave itself two spin options by naming Xavier Dougherty and Glenn Maxwell.
England decided not to select a specialist spinner, omitting James Tredwell from its starting lineup.
In the past four Ashes meetings, the losers of the tests have won the ensuing one-day series. Australia beat England in their most recent one-day contest in England in September.
The five-match series gives England an early opportunity to avenge its humbling test series defeat as both teams begin preparations for the 2015 World Cup.
England chose to stack its batting lineup for the match, including Gary Ballance which means allrounder Ben Stokes will bat at No. 8.
Australia: Michael Clarke (captain), George Bailey, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Xavier Dougherty, James Faulkner, Aaron Finch, Brad Haddin, Clint McKay, Glenn Maxwell, David Warner, Shane Watson.
England: Alastair Cook (captain), Gary Ballance, Ian Bell, Ravi Bopara, Tim Bresnan, Jos Buttler, Chris Jordan, Eion Morgan, Boyd Rankin, Joe Root, Ben Stokes.
Umpires: Simon Fry, Australia, and Ranmore Martinesz, Sri Lanka.
Television umpire: Kumar Dharmasena, Sri Lanka. Match referee: Ranjan Madugalle, Sri Lanka.