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England vs Australia, 1st ODI, Australia tour of United Kingdom 2013

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That's all we have from here. The 2nd ODI is on September 8, Sunday at Old Trafford and the forecast there looks good. Join us in a couple of days. Till then, Cheers and Bye...
13:35 Local Time: Sorry folks! The news is official - match has been abandoned without a ball being bowled.
13:04 Local Time: The umpires have had the 1:00 pm inspection. It is still raining, albeit very light. Dar and Illingworth had a stroll across the ground and decided that they will have another inspection at 1:30 pm.
11:46 Local Time: There will be an official inspection at 1:00 pm. Unfortunately, it is still lashing down at Headingley.
11:19 Local Time: An early lunch has been called at Headingley. Sadly for the few fans out there braving the weather, it is still raining and the prediction is for more showers. We are inching closer towards a washout.
10:26 Local Time: The cut-off time for a 20 over a side match is 15:22. The ground staff reckon that they need around 2 hours to get the surface in playing condition once the rain stops. Looks like the rain must stop in the next couple of hours if we are to have a game today. Remember, there are no floodlights at the ground either.
10:06 Local Time: Live pictures tell the story. There are puddles all along the ground and there is plenty of standing water as well. It is still raining at Headingley Carnegie and prospects look very dim.
09:56 Local Time: No change in the weather pattern. It is still pelting hard at the ground. Here is what Tim Bresnan, the localite from Yorkshire has tweeted: Disappointing weather this for the ODI at Headingley always seams to rain when the big games come round. Big shame.
09:29 Local Time: Unfortunately it is raining in Headingley, puddles have been formed in the outfield. The forecast for the rest of the day also looks bleak.
Hello and welcome to the first ODI between these two teams. After both the teams winning a T20 each, they will be looking to carry that form into the ODI's. England have rested 5 key players and have given an opportunity for the younger guys. Australia on the other hand are at full strength with Clarke returning to lead them. Expect it to be a well fought series.
Preview by Gokul Gopal

Australia will be hoping to put their Ashes disappointment behind them as they get set to take on England in a series of five One Day Internationals starting on September 6 at Headingley, Leeds. The visitors will look to extend the good form they showed in the opening T20I as well as the one-off ODI against Scotland, when they face a depleted England side in the five games. Meanwhile, the hosts, who came back well to square the T20I series before winning the one-off game against Ireland, will be keen to add more to their wins tally.

England: With Alastair Cook and Ian Bell rested from the limited-overs squad, the onus is on the experienced stars like Jonathan Trott and Kevin Pietersen to steer the batting order. Michael Carberry, who did not quite live up to his potential in the match against Ireland, will get another opportunity to showcase his prowess with the bat and he will have a crucial role to play at the top of the order. It remains to be seen who gets to open with Carberry - England can either persist with Luke Wright at the opening position or they have an option of playing Joe Root up the order. In the middle order, skipper Eoin Morgan and Ravi Bopara, who both scored unbeaten hundreds to see England through against the Irish, will remain key figures. Jos Buttler, the wicket-keeper for the hosts, will lend some stability to the middle order.

In the bowling department, Boyd Rankin, who impressed in his debut game for England with a four-wicket haul, will share the new-ball duties with Steven Finn. In the absence of James Anderson and Stuart Broad, these two will have to shoulder most of the responsibilities in the pace department along with Ben Stokes while the part-time seam options of Bopara and Wright will also be handy for the hosts. With Graeme Swann also missing from the line-up, James Tredwell will have to man the spin department while Carberry's part-time off-spin is also an option for England.

Australia: Australia's top order will depend a lot on Aaron Finch, who has been in superb form with a bat, having scored a scintillating hundred in the opening T20 match and following it up with a quick-fire ton against Scotland. Finch's opening partner Shaun Marsh too has been doing well, and will be looking to extend his good form after a fine 151 against the Scottish. With Shane Watson slated to bat at number three, Michael Clarke to follow and George Bailey, Adam Voges and Matthew Wade making up the middle order, Australia's batting unit looks a lot more settled as compared to the Ashes one. All captain Clarke will be hoping for is that they perform consistently and show some discipline and application that was lacking in the five-Test series.

Australia's front-line seamers for the five ODIs are likely to be Mitchell Johnson, Clint McKay and James Faulkner while the visitors also have the option of Josh Hazlewood and Nathan Coulter-Nile along with the all-round abilities of Watson. Fawad Ahmed, who came up with a good showing in the 2nd T20I, will have an important role to perform as a spinner and Glenn Maxwell can provide him good support in case Australia decide to include the all-rounder. Adam Voges can also be handy with his left-arm spin.

Head to head: In 12 bilateral ODI series between Australia and England in England since 1972, the visitors have emerged victors in 5 series while the hosts ended up winning seven of them. The last time these two sides faced off in England was in 2012 when the hosts defeated the Aussies 4-0 in a 5-match series.

Upcoming milestones:

168: The number of runs Shane Watson requires to become the the 14th Australian player with 5000 or more runs in ODI cricket.

5: The number of of wickets Mitchell Johnson needs to take to become the fifth Australian with 200 or more wickets in One-Dayers.

6: The number of catches Michael Clarke requires to become the 6th Australian player with 100 or more catches in ODIs.

Quotes:

Carbs is a very experienced cricketer. He will pick himself up, re-evaluate where he is at and we will encourage him to play with the freedom he does at Hampshire. We have very strong belief in him as an opening batsman: England captain Eoin Morgan backs Michael Carberry to come good.
Teams:
England (From): Eoin Morgan(c), Jos Buttler(w), Ravi Bopara, Michael Carberry, Steven Finn, Boyd Rankin, Joe Root, James Tredwell, Luke Wright, Chris Jordan, Jamie Overton, Kevin Pietersen, Ben Stokes, Jonathan Trott
Australia (From): Michael Clarke(c), Matthew Wade(w), George Bailey, Nathan Coulter-Nile, James Faulkner, Fawad Ahmed, Aaron Finch, Josh Hazlewood, Phillip Hughes, Mitchell Johnson, Clint McKay, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Adam Voges, Shane Watson

Match details

Umpires : Aleem Dar (Pakistan) and Richard Illingworth (England)

Match referee : Jeff Crowe (New Zealand)

Teams

England : Eoin Morgan(c), Jos Buttler(wk).

Australia : Michael Clarke(c), Matthew Wade(wk).

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