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  • 1:39 AM IST

    49.4 Mitchell Marsh to Sam Billings, 1 run, 1 run, played towards mid on.

  • 1:38 AM IST

    49.3 Mitchell Marsh to Sam Billings, FOUR, Four! Played pull shot towards mid wicket.

  • 1:38 AM IST

    49.2 Mitchell Marsh to Jofra Archer, 1 run, 1 run, played pull shot towards mid on.

  • 1:37 AM IST

    49.1 Mitchell Marsh to Sam Billings, leg byes, 1 run, Leg bye, played pull shot.

  • 1:36 AM IST

    48.6 Pat Cummins to Sam Billings, 1 run, 1 run, This is driven through mid on for a single.

  • 1:36 AM IST

    48.5 Pat Cummins to Sam Billings, FOUR, FOUR! Consecutive hits to the fence! England need 29 off 7 now! Sam moves to the off side and scoops this well over fine leg and bags a boundary.

  • 1:35 AM IST

    48.4 Pat Cummins to Sam Billings, FOUR, FOUR! Short length delivery, he pulls this hard to the deep mid-wicket fence for a boundary.

  • 1:34 AM IST

    48.3 Pat Cummins to Sam Billings, 2 runs, A couple as Billings drags this shortish length delivery from outside off to mid-wicket for a brace.

  • 1:34 AM IST

    48.2 Pat Cummins to Sam Billings, no run, Goes for the pull once again but the ball keeps low and sneaks under the bat. The keeper does the rest.

  • 1:33 AM IST

    48.1 Pat Cummins to Sam Billings, FOUR, FOUR! Sam It’s a hundred for Sam Billings! Well played! His maiden hundred, coming in his 19th match. He pulls this short length delivery and gets it in the gap at deep square leg region and gets four runs.

  • 1:32 AM IST

    47.6 Mitchell Starc to Sam Billings, 1 run, Low full toss around off, stroked to covers for a single. England need 43 from 12 balls.

  • 1:31 AM IST

    47.5 Mitchell Starc to Jofra Archer, 1 run, Yorker length delivery on the leg pole, Archer gives himself some room and works it back to the bowler. Starc fumbles a little and allows a quick single to be stolen.

  • 1:31 AM IST

    The physio is out to have a look but Billings seems fine! Change of helmets for him!

  • 1:28 AM IST

    47.4 Mitchell Starc to Sam Billings, leg byes, 1 run, Ouch! Pacy short length delivery on top of middle, Sam looks to pull at that but does not connect. It gets the back of his helmet and goes to the off side for a leg bye.

  • 1:28 AM IST

    47.3 Mitchell Starc to Jofra Archer, 1 run, Fuller one on middle, Archer plays it to long on for a single.

  • 1:27 AM IST

    47.2 Mitchell Starc to Sam Billings, 1 run, Full on leg, Sam strokes it to long on for another run.

  • 1:27 AM IST

    47.1 Mitchell Starc to Jofra Archer, 1 run, Driven past covers for a run by Jofra.

  • 1:25 AM IST

    46.6 Pat Cummins to Sam Billings, no run, And Billings cannot get it away – neither for a boundary nor a single. Good bowling from Cummins, bowls it slow, wide outside off, within the tramline. Sam throws the kitchen sink at it but does not connect.

  • 1:25 AM IST

    46.5 Pat Cummins to Jofra Archer, 1 run, Full on off, Jofra digs it out to the off side for a single.

  • 1:24 AM IST

    46.4 Pat Cummins to Jofra Archer, no run, Swing and a miss! Full outside off, Archer swings but the ball goes under the blade and towards Carey.

  • 1:24 AM IST

    46.3 Pat Cummins to Jofra Archer, no run, Play and a miss! Cummins bowls a slower length delivery outside off, Archer swings at it wildly but misses to connect.

  • 1:23 AM IST

    46.2 Pat Cummins to Sam Billings, 1 run, Very low full toss outside off, Billings smashes that back to Cummins, who gets a hand but cannot hold on to it. It goes past him and the batters sneak in a single.

  • 1:23 AM IST

    46.1 Pat Cummins to Jofra Archer, 1 run, Archer drives this through covers and brings Sam on strike with a run.

  • 1:22 AM IST

    45.6 Mitchell Starc to Sam Billings, no run, Length ball on leg, Sam fails to make any connection as the keeper does the rest.

  • 1:21 AM IST

    45.5 Mitchell Starc to Sam Billings, no run, Short and outside off, Sam lets it be.

  • 1:21 AM IST

    45.4 Mitchell Starc to Sam Billings, FOUR, FOUR! No matter what Sam will play his shots! Full on middle and leg, he shuffles across and scoops this fine to the fine leg fence for four runs. He moves into the 90s with that shot.

  • 1:21 AM IST

    45.3 Mitchell Starc to Jofra Archer, 1 run, Archer taps this length ball towards left of Starc and rotates the strike.

  • 1:21 AM IST

    45.2 Mitchell Starc to Sam Billings, 1 run, Driven straight back past the bowler towards long off for a single.

  • 1:19 AM IST

    45.1 Mitchell Starc to Sam Billings, no run, Full and almost in the blockhole on off, Sam digs it out to mid off.

  • 1:19 AM IST

    Mitchell Starc is back into the attack. Can he get Billings?

England vs Australia 2020, Live Cricket Score And Updates, 1st ODI, Manchester

Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live coverage of the first ODI between England and Australia, in Manchester.

Three Key Battles to Look Out For During ODI Series

England and Australia renew hostilities in a three-match one-day series starting on Friday, with the tourists seeking to avenge their painful defeat in last year’s World Cup semi-final.

Eoin Morgan‘s England go into the matches on a high after a 2-1 Twenty20 series victory over Australia but Josh Hazlewood believes the visitors can carry “momentum” into the one-dayers following a five-wicket T20 win in Southampton on Tuesday.

A look at three key match-ups that could help decide the outcome of the series in Manchester.

Australia keen to disrupt Buttler service

Jos Buttler impressed as an opener England during the T20s but has generally been deployed as a middle-order batsman in the 50-over format.

However, with star all-rounder Ben Stokes missing for family reasons, England may feel they want to give Buttler the opportunity to face as many balls as possible — a role that would contrast with his usual “finishing” role.

If he is moved, Australia will need to find a way to restrict the talented shotmaker.

After Buttler made an unbeaten 77 in the second T20, Australia leg-spin great Shane Warne said reining in the batsman was easier said than done.

“It’s the perception of what he could do that upsets the bowlers,” Warne told Sky Sports.

“If you’re a bowler standing at the top of the mark you’re thinking, ‘What is he going to do?’.

“The key to his batting is the way he hits the ball — he hits it all around the ground. There’s no particular weakness to his batting and when you don’t have a weakness it’s hard to come up with a plan to bowl to him.”

Fast bowlers eager to have their say

One-day international cricket is often said to be batsman’s game. England, with Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow and Joe Root in their ranks and Australia, with David Warner, Aaron Finch and Steve Smith, both boast powerful top-orders.

But they also have top-quality fast bowlers, with vice-captain Pat Cummins and left-armer Mitchell Starc set to lead Australia’s attack.

England can call upon express quicks Jofra Archer and Mark Wood, who showed glimpses of their speed during the Twenty20 series, while Chris Woakes will be looking to repeat his performance in last year’s semi-final, when he took 3-37.

Spin to win?

England legspinner Adil Rashid underlined his status as one of the best white-ball bowlers in the game with 3-21 in the third T20, producing a brilliant googly that clean bowled opening batsman Finch, while he also snared all-rounder Glenn Maxwell and star batsman Smith.

The Yorkshireman’s ability to take wickets in the middle overs of the innings has been a key part of England’s white-ball revival under Morgan and was in evidence when he took 3-54 during last year’s semi-final.

Australia also have slow bowling resources of their own, with leg-break bowler Adam Zampa and left-armer Ashton Agar looking to make their mark.

(AFP)