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Gillette ODIs: All You Need to Know

13 January 2018

The only guide you need for the five-match series, beginning in Melbourne today

The fixtures

First ODI: MCG, Jan 14, 2.20pm AEDT

Second ODI: Gabba, Jan 19, 2.20pm AEDT

Third ODI: SCG, Jan 21, 2.20pm AEDT

Fourth ODI: Adelaide Oval, Jan 26, 2.20pm AEDT

Fifth ODI: Perth Stadium, Jan 28, 2.20pm AEDT

The squads

Australia: Steve Smith (c), David Warner (vc), Pat Cummins, Aaron Finch, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Mitchell Marsh, Tim Paine, Jhye Richardson, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Andrew Tye, Cameron White, Adam Zampa.

England: Eoin Morgan (c), Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Jake Ball, Sam Billings, Jos Buttler, Tom Curran, Alex Hales, Dawid Malan, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, David Willey, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood.

Formats only getting further apart: Morgan

The form

(past 10 completed games, most recent first)

Australia: LWLLLLLLWW

England: WWWWLWWWLW

While Australia have struggled in ODI cricket abroad in the past 18 months, their record in Australia remains formidable. The Australians have lost just four of 35 games at home in the past four years, a streak that includes eight wins out of nine against England as well as their triumphant World Cup campaign in 2015.

England rejuvenated their side following that World Cup and have lost just 15 of 53 ODIs since then. Like most nations, they have been particularly strong at home but have also been impressive abroad, winning 11 of 18 completed matches overseas in that time. Eoin Morgan's side has won seven of their past eight bilateral ODI series overall, with their 1-2 loss in India last year the only mark on that impressive record.

Team news

Australia captain Steve Smith will wait until the toss on Sunday to announce his XI, although he has confirmed Travis Head will again fill the troublesome No.4 role. A top four of David Warner, Aaron Finch, Smith and Head leaves Cameron White, Marcus Stoinis and Mitchell Marsh to fight it out for the No.5 and No.6 spots, with recalled wicketkeeper Tim Paine set to slot in at No.7. Whether or not leg-spinner Adam Zampa plays will be depend on the pitch; he could play alongside Mitchell Starc, Patrick Cummins and one of uncapped pace pair Jhye Richardson and Andrew Tye, or selectors could opt for a four-man pace attack.

Test captain Joe Root has recovered from a stomach bug and will play on Sunday, meaning England have a tough decision to make at the top of the order. One of Jason Roy and Alex Hales is set to open with Jonny Bairstow, with the other batsman to either miss out entirely or slot in at No.3. The latter option would mean Root and skipper Eoin Morgan would slide down the order to No.4 and No.5 respectively ahead of in-form wicketkeeper batsman Jos Buttler. A bowling attack of pacemen Chris Woakes, Liam Plunkett and Mark Wood as well as leg-spinner Adil Rashid will likely be joined by one of two allrounders, off-spinner Moeen Ali or left-arm quick David Willey, with conditions to determine who gets the nod.

The stat

Despite a career ODI average of 50, England's Joe Root has a disappointing record against Australia in one-day cricket. The right-hander averages just 17.46 from 13 matches against Australia, which is easily his worst return against a major nation and one he'll be desperate to rectify in this series.

What they said

"We've been losing too many wickets in the middle overs and not getting partnerships together and that's something that we need to work on. That's a big reason why (Glenn Maxwell) is not here at the moment. The selectors said he's averaged 20 in his last 20 games and we need those runs in the middle. So it's crucial that we find them. I'm confident that the guys here can do that job." - Steve Smith on Australia's recent middle-order troubles.

"I think over the last few years we've been able to distinguish between those two formats. We're trying to do two different things, as a Test team and a white-ball group. So I certainly think the mentality in the two groups can have a different effect." - Eoin Morgan on suggestions England's Ashes defeat will impact the one-day side.

2017-18 International Fixtures

Gillette ODI Series v England

Australia ODI squad: Steve Smith (c), David Warner (vc), Pat Cummins, Aaron Finch, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Mitchell Marsh, Tim Paine, Jhye Richardson, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Andrew Tye, Cameron White, Adam Zampa.

England ODI squad: Eoin Morgan (c), Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Jake Ball, Sam Billings, Jos Buttler, Tom Curran, Alex Hales, Dawid Malan, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, David Willey, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood.

First ODI MCG, January 14. Tickets

Second ODI Gabba, January 19. Tickets

Third ODI SCG, January 21. Tickets

Fourth ODI Adelaide Oval, January 26. Tickets

Fifth ODI Perth Stadium, January 28. Tickets

Prime Minister's XI

PM's XI v England Manuka Oval, February 2. Tickets

Gillette T20 trans-Tasman Tri-Series

England T20 squad: Eoin Morgan (c), Sam Billings, Jos Buttler, Tom Curran, Liam Dawson, Alex Hales, Chris Jordan, Dawid Malan, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, James Vince, David Willey, Mark Wood.

First T20I Australia v NZ, SCG, February 3. Tickets

Second T20I Australia v England, Blundstone Arena, February 7. Tickets

Third T20I Australia v England, MCG, February 10. Tickets

Fourth T20I NZ v England, Wellington, February 14

Fifth T20I NZ v Australia, Eden Park, February 16

Sixth T20I NZ v England, Seddon Park, February 18

Final TBC, Eden Park, February 21

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Martin Smith is a writer for cricket.com.au. He previously wrote for Yahoo!7 Sport and Fox Sports.