Plunkett reveals why the ODI series against Australia is extremely important


Plunkett reveals why the ODI series against Australia is extremely important

For England, the baton has been handed over to ODI skipper Eoin Morgan and the recognisable absentee from the group is Ben Stokes. However, it will be a revisit to the five Ashes Test venues. I've played a lot against those guys in the Champions Trophy, in series in England and here too.

Bayliss this week confirmed his intention to step down after the 2019 Ashes, England having surrendered the urn to Australia in a 4-0 series defeat. This time next year we need to be in a good enough space to be contenders for the World Cup.

"Australia is a tough place to be, especially when you're losing, but the fresh faces will provide an added impetus and do the world of good for England", former England batsman James Taylor told BBC Sport.

Sam Billings, Jason Roy, David Willey and Buttler have been playing in Australia's Big Bash T20 competition, while Morgan, Alex Hales, Liam Plunkett and Adil Rashid took part in the inaugural T10 League in the United Arab Emirates last month.

Steve Smith later said that while Australia's XI was yet to be settled, Warner should be fine to play. England have their heavy-hitters and fast bowlers to hand, while Australia have made some interesting selection decisions. "The middle order has probably been where we have had a bit of an issue", he said. There was some chat about the depth of Australia's pace-bowling resources during the Test series (Jackson Bird's outing on the bad MCG surface was the only time it was put into action) and this series may give some indication how it stands with the white ball.

Hales is free to play again after being cleared over his involvement in the Stokes incident.

On to the serious stuff then and five one-day internationals beginning in Melbourne on Sunday.

Indeed, with head coach Trevor Bayliss set to leave when his contract expires next September, Morgan offered tentative support for the return of a split backroom team - with one man in charge of Test cricket and another overseeing the white-ball unit. "Apart from that, it's just what I've learned from other coaches".

The 34-year-old White's surprise recall to replace the injured Chris Lynn came at the expense of Glenn Maxwell, who has been in hot form in domestic cricket this summer.

"Even though it was a full-strength England team, I still felt pretty confident out there and was able to back my skills".

The pace trio of Starc, Cummins and Hazlewood, who took 66 wickets between them in the Ashes, are likely to provide England's sternest test.