Australian pacer Nathan Coulter-Nile is relishing leading the highly competitive pace attack.


On being quizzed his role in the team, he said he enjoyed bowling in the death overs more than others. After being whitewashed 5-0 in the Ashes, the Aussies romped home in style by six wickets against England to lead the five match one day series 1-0.


A patient 79 from Gary Ballance and whirlwind 50 from Eoin Morgan helped England to 269-7 in the first One-Day International against Australia on Sunday.


Ballance, who came to the crease when England were struggling at 22-2, held the innings together before accelerating towards the end when quick runs were needed.


He shared in an 83-run partnership with Morgan, who blasted his 20th ODI half-century off just 47 balls with five fours and a towering six.


England had earlier won the toss, with skipper Alastair Cook having no hesitation in batting first on a flat MCG wicket.