Australia win toss, elect to bowl in first ODI

Australia go into the series ranked as the world’s number one side in one-day internationals. But a 5-0 sweep for England will elevate them to the top spot Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

London: Jun 29, 2012

Australian captain Michael Clarke has won the toss and elected to bowl first in the first of five-match One-Day International (ODI) series against England at Lord s.

Australia go into the series ranked as the world’s number one side in one-day internationals. But a 5-0 sweep for England, already top of the Test rankings, will put them on top of the standings for the 50-over format as well.

Some have tried to bill this series as a dress rehearsal for next year’s Ashes in England, with Australia desperate to get their hands back on the urn.

Teams

England: Alastair Cook (c), Craig Kieswetter (wk), Jonathan Trott, Ian Bell, Ravi Bopara, Graeme Swann, Eoin Morgan, James Anderson, Tim Bresnan, Stuart Broad,Steven Finn

Australia: David Warner, Shane Watson, George Bailey, Michael Clarke (c), David Hussey, Steven Smith, Matthew Wade (wk), Brett Lee, Pat Cummins, Xavier Doherty, Clint McKay

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