BBC.com – Thrashed in the Ashes and now facing the world champions on their home turf, England’s prospects in the one-day series in Australia may appear bleak.
- Thrashed in the Ashes and now facing the world champions on their home turf, England’s prospects in the one-day series in Australia may appear bleak.
- England’s one-day bowling attack also offers more variety than the one that took only 58 wickets in five Ashes Tests, with Plunkett and Wood providing pace, Willey a left-arm option and leg-spinner Rashid.
- England’s batsmen have made 28 centuries since the World Cup, compared to Australia’s 21, although David Warner is the leading centurion on either side with 10, while Joe Root leads England with six.
- But Taylor says the one-day side are better placed than the Test team to cope without Stokes, who was replaced in the squad by Malan, England’s leading run-scorer in the Ashes.
- England coach Trevor Bayliss was criticised following another Test series defeat, but this series provides a timely opportunity for England’s one-day side to continue the progress made during his time in charge.