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ENG VS AUS: 1st ODI | Preview, Team News & Top Funtasy11 Picks

ENG VS AUS – This article brings to you the preview, team news and top Funtasy picks for the 1st ODI between England and Australia.

The No. 1 ranked ODI side England procured a massive dent in the plight after losing to Scotland in a run fest at Edinburgh. The Morgan-led side won two consecutive bilateral series to Australia and New Zealand consecutively before the upset arrived in the one-off ODI.

Besides, Australia having witnessed some imperious curves post Ashes, will be sans Steve Smith and David Warner in the first of five-match ODI series at the Oval.

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England Team News

England might have considered the Scotland ODI a decent preparation for the Australian series, but the hosts pulled off a riveting 372-run target. English fast bowlers Mark Wood, David Willey and Liam Plunkett conceded runs in abundance with spinners Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid getting similar treatment.

Inspite of a forgettable outing with ball, the visitors still managed to take the contest to the final over, falling short of 6 runs to win the match. England missed the services of injured Ben Stokes who will also miss the Australia ODIs and Chris Woakes whose spot is also doubtful for the upcoming series.

While Jake Ball has been called up as cover for Woakes, it remains to be seen if skipper Morgan opts to go for the same combination which faced Scotland.

Squad: Eoin Morgan(c), Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler, Tom Curran, Alex Hales, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, David Willey, Mark Wood, Sam Billings, Jake Ball   

Australia Team News

The remodelled Australian side will play their first ODI since the expulsion of former captain and vice captain Steve Smith and David Warner respectively. While the duo’s absence may pulverise Australia in a fresh season, the newly appointed captain Tim Paine shall leave no stone unturned in leading the team.

Australia’s two warm up matches brought out a fair assessment of players ahead of the ODI series. Darcy Short and Glenn Maxwell continued their dry run with Aaron Finch, Travis Head and Marcus Stoinis fetching some runs from the blade.

Although Maxwell batting woes could be a major concern for the middle order, Coach Justin Langer is still willing to bank on the right hander.

Squad: Tim Paine(c), Aaron Finch, Ashton Agar, Alex Carey, Travis Head, Nathan Lyon, Glenn Maxwell, Shaun Marsh, Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson, D Arcy Short, Billy Stanlake, Marcus Stoinis, Andrew Tye, Michael Neser

Top Funtasy Picks

England: Jonny Bairstow – The right hander smashed a formidable 59-ball-105 run against Scotland despite chasing a big total. He will be all guns blazing against Australia in the first ODI.

Australia: Marcus Stoinis – The stylish all-rounder showed class in the first warm-up fixture in his way to an ecstatic hundred. His bowling will be a plus as well on England’s seaming tracks.

Punt Pick: Glenn Maxwell – The explosive hitter hasn’t been in the best of form during the past 12 months, but the forthcoming series could give him the edge he requires.   

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