George Bailey will lead Australia in the opening clash © Getty Images
George Bailey will lead Australia in the opening clash © Getty Images

Aug 25, 2014

The first One-Day International (ODI) match of the Zimbabwe Triangular Series 2014 will be played between the hosts Zimbabwe and Australia at the Harare Sports Club on Monday. While Zimbabwe are coming off a loss to South Africa in the three-match series, Australia will be rusty as they are back in action after a long break.

Australia will be without their regular captain Michael Clarke and coach Darren Lehmann said the former was not fit enough to take part in Monday’s game. “Michael had a fitness test at training and unfortunately hasn’t come through that well enough to be available for selection in game one. He will continue intensive treatment on his hamstring and we’ll monitor his progress ahead of game two on Wednesday,” Lehmann said.

According to an AFP report, after using as many as 16 players during a three-match ODI series against South Africa in Bulawayo this week, Zimbabwe coach Stephen Mangongo says he will be better placed to field a side that can be competitive. The telecast of the series in India will be on Ten HD and Ten Cricket.

Catch LIVE BLOG of the Zimbabwe vs Australia 1st ODI here

Catch live scorecard and ball-by-ball commentary of the Zimbabwe-Australia 1st ODI here