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AUSTRALIA V ENGLAND, ODI SERIES: ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW

Team news, fixtures, odds and how to follow the five-match one-day series...

The Cricketer answers all the nagging questions ahead of the Sunday's ODI.

So what’s going on?

England have been soundly beaten in the Test arena but they can’t go home for the autopsy just yet...

There’s a chance for Eoin Morgan’s white-ball clan to salvage some pride from the tour with five ODIs in January.

Where’s it taking place?

It’s a revisit to the five Ashes Test venues, starting with the MCG on Sunday.

1st ODI | Melbourne, January 14 

2nd ODI | Brisbane, January 19

3rd ODI | Sydney, January 21

4th ODI | Adelaide, January 26

5th ODI | Perth, January 28

Have England got a chance?

Home advantage and Ashes momentum will place Australia as favourites but England are no mugs in white-ball cricket.

Last time the two met an unbeaten Ben Stokes hundred at Edgbaston saw England knock Australia out of the Champions Trophy.

As Liam Plunkett alludes, there are plenty of fresh faces in the squad, free from the scars of the past two months...

“A lot of our guys didn’t play in the Ashes, so we’re full of energy and full of beans. Some of the guys have been out here playing in the Big Bash, lads have been all over the world playing, so we’re full of confidence and looking forward to that first game.”

Malan - 383 at 42.55 - was England's leading Ashses run-scorer

Who’s in and who’s out?

It’s a fairly recognisable England squad with Ben Stokes the notable absentee – Dawid Malan who enjoyed an excellent Ashes series has been called up to replace the allrounder. Stokes was originally named in the squad but will not travel as the outcome of the Bristol incident is yet to be resolved.

Sam Billings, Jos Buttler, Jason Roy, and David Willey have all joined up with the squad after spells in the Big Bash.

England squad:  Eoin Morgan*, 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.

And for the Aussies?

The pace trio of Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood and Mitchell Starc are all included but don’t expect them to feature throughout. Cricket Australia have already announced that Hazlewood will be rested for the first match and Cummins will miss the second. Starc is likely to take a break later in the series.

Uncapped Perth Scorchers team-mates Andrew Tye and 21-year-old Jhye Richardson are in line to get a go with the ball as the hosts look to manage their premier bowlers.

Meanwhile veteran batsman Cameron White has been called up to replace the injured Chris Lynn. White’s last one-day international appearance came in January 2015.

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

Aaron Finch will partner David Warner at the top of the order

So when does it all get going?

The first ODI is on Sunday UK time. All five matches start at the wondrous hour of 03.20am GMT...

Great. So how can I watch it in the UK?

BT will be continuing there coverage of the Australian summer with all five ODIs being shown live on Bt Sport 1 with coverage beginning at 3.00am GMT.

What if I’m not a subscriber?

If you are not a BT Sport subscriber then social media or the radio are going to be your best bet.

We’ll be up through the night, espresso on drip, bringing you reaction @TheCricketerMag.

As ever Test Match Special will be providing commentary, also from 3am GMT. TMS is available via the BBC Sport website or Five Live Sports Extra - that’s 12B on DAB digital radio, channel 706 on Freeview, 0144 on Sky and 908 on Virgin Media.

Who’s favourite?

Unsurprisingly the hosts are favourites with the bookies. Most outlets have Australia 4/11 while the England placed at roughly 11/4 to win the series.

Thanks very much.

Anytime.

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