Mouth-watering contest awaits as England take on Australia in the First ODI

Alex Hales showed good form hitting 52 off 35 balls
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Liam Plunkett insists England's one-day specialists have no reason to be cowed by Australia's Ashes success.

"I haven't really had much contact with him unless I go over there", the teenager said.

However, when he was picked for England's T20 side against South Africa in the aftermath of the Champions Trophy in June, Livingstone looked a touch overawed by the experience - he made 16 runs in two innings, running himself out on debut at Taunton before missing a full-toss to be bowled for a golden duck in the series decider at Cardiff.

In 53 matches since the end of the World Cup, England have scored 300 or more 24 times, including 18 out of 27 matches when they batted first.

As England tomorrow embark on the first of five one-day internationals against Australia, looking not only to get that Ashes result out of their system but also to continue preparations for next year's World Cup, Bayliss is in a unusual position.

England will pack their batting on Sunday squeezing both Jason Roy and Alex Hales into the top order.

Bayliss has said since the Ashes that he will stand down when his contract expires in September 2019.

From an Australia perspective, the build-up to the series has been dominated by debate over a player not in the team.

"I ran myself out in that first game where I probably could have gone on and made a big hundred and gave me more confidence as the series went on".

Smith and Maxwell are reportedly not seeing eye to eye.

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. "It is astonishing - he would be my first player on the team sheet". "That's a big reason (Maxwell's subpar global form) why he is not here at the moment. we need those runs in the middle and it's crucial that we find them".

Smith said the meeting would "remain private" and maintained Maxwell's underperforming recent record at the worldwide level was behind his controversial axing.

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.

Yet there has been little correlation between the results of recent Ashes series down under and the subsequent one-day series.

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