England win toss and bowl against Australia in first ODI

Alex Hales has helped England's one-day squad to a win in his first appearance after a suspension

The Australian, who has announced that he is standing down as England coach once his contract expires after next year's Ashes, was recruited in 2015 with an eye firmly on the 2016 World T20, last year's Champions Trophy and next year's World Cup. While calls for his position to be reviewed were met with resistance by the European Central Bank chairman, Colin Graves, and the chief executive, Tom Harrison, Bayliss revealed he will not be seeking a new deal when his contract expires at the end of the 2019 summer. "TB has been brilliant", England's limited-overs captain said. But to bridge the gap between where we were at in that World Cup and, say, being in the semi-final or the final was the first port of the call.

England's top order in limited overs cricket had their own problems against the West Indies before the Ashes.

WHEN England appointed Trevor Bayliss it was to achieve success in white-ball cricket as much as anything else.

"He has been brilliant for us".

The success or otherwise of Morgan's team at next year's World Cup will be the ultimate judgment upon the tack taken by the European Central Bank in 2015, when they removed Peter Moores in favour of employing Bayliss with a clear mandate to improve England's limited overs cricket. Australia may go into the opener at the MCG as favourites but Morgan has vowed to stick to the approach Bayliss has cultivated. What a wicket. It was a bit wide with a hint of turn.

"It hasn't been as good as we would have liked over the last 12, months". To be in that space you need to be setting or bucking trends or being able to adapt.

Hales could be involved for the first time since being suspended for his involvement in an incident in Bristol in September, which saw team-mate Ben Stokes arrested on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm. If they can put the disappointment of the Test series away, they can be very dangeroud against Australia.

Mark Wood's first delivery seared past David Warner's nose, his third was cut unconvincingly to cover where Morgan got fingertips to a spectacular attempted catch - and the fifth ballooned skywards for Joe Root to complete the dismissal, running in from second slip. "We will miss him but we know he is not going to be part of this series so we can address the balance of this side", he added. It gives clarity to everybody in the team.

Such is the dramatic impact it has had, Smith was asked on the eve of Sunday's first ODI in Melbourne whether the worldwide side felt overshadowed by their own domestic tournament. "It creates a lot more calm around the periphery".



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