AUSTRALIA TOUR OF ENGLAND, 2018
Cricbuzz Staff •
The five-match ODI series between England and Australia gets underway at The Oval © Getty
Looks like England are not going to let this opportunity slip…
This from Adam Mountford, BBC TMS producer…
As well as handshakes being exchanged before play at the Oval there will also be no formal toss. Instead the decision whether to bat or bowl will be made following a game of sand paper scissors.
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Theyre handing out banter outside the Oval. #EngvAus
— Vithushan Ehantharajah (@Vitu_E) June 13, 2018
Toss & Teams
Jos Buttler, rested for the one-off Scotland game, comes back. Sam Billings makes way.
England – Roy, Bairstow, Hales, Root, Morgan(c), Buttler(w), Moeen, Willey, Plunkett, Rashid, Wood.
Australia – Finch, Head, Marsh, Maxwell, Stoinis, Paine(w/c), Agar, Neser, Tye, Richardson, Stanlake.
This just in: Billings and Jake Ball will be released to play the One-Day Cup playoff games tomorrow. There is light at the end of most tunnels.
News coming in…
Michael Neser to make his international debut. He’s been handed his Australia cap by Brad Haddin. ODI cap no. 225!
If you’ve been living under a rock…
Or are generally not aware of what the sandpaper bit is about or why Tim Paine has asked for a pre-series handshake… This happened earlier this year in Cape Town and should get you started.
Sandpaper given out at Vauxhall station (with advert for a business on the other side). Could be a long day for Australia… pic.twitter.com/e30oWzkx72
— George Dobell (@GeorgeDobell1) June 13, 2018
Hello and welcome to the Live Blog for the first ODI between England and Australia at The Oval. It’s all about mending bridges now as the Tim Paine-led Australia seek a famous makeover. We’ll only know when the battle commences: if the Aussie mongrels had a snip or if England take their cues from the crowds. Certainly those watching at the Oval on Wednesday (June 13) will be on top of those in yellow with similarly toned and comically-sized bits of “sandpaper”.
England are entering this game on the back of a loss to Scotland in Edinburgh, them something to think about a year out from next year’s World Cup. Australia, meanwhile, go into the first of this five-match series without five mainstays through a combination of punishment and injury. Or, put another way, a chance to look at five new players ahead of their title defence in 2019.