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Australia vs England ODI Series Preview: Quick turnaround for white-ball kings

Just days after winning the T20 World Cup final by seeing off Pakistan at the MCG, England open a three-match ODI series against Australia in Adelaide on Thursday.

The Three Lions can now certainly lay claim to be the white-ball kings in the men's game, having become the only side to be simultaneous holders of both the 50-over and 20-over World Cups.

However, for this latest challenge they will have to do without superstar all-rounder Ben Stokes, who has bowed out of the one-day international scene, with the next 50-over World Cup taking place in India in just under 12 months' time.

WhatAustralia vs England, ODI series
WhereAdelaide, Sydney and Melbourne
WhenThursday 17th November - Tuesday 22nd November
How to WatchBT Sport 1 & bet365 Sports Live Streaming
OddsAustralia 4/7, England 7/5

Roy has the chance to show his worth

With such a short period of time having passed since England claimed their second T20 crown, they could be forgiven for lacking a little in motivation and application come Thursday at the Adelaide Oval.

However, they will be boosted by a number of fresh faces who were not involved in the Twenty20 success, including Sam Billings, Olly Stone, Liam Dawson, James Vince and Jason Roy.

Batters Roy and Vince will no doubt be eager to show what they can do if given an opportunity, with the former likely to step back in at the top of the order in the absence of Alex Hales.

And the Surrey right-hander - 7/2 to be top team batter in the series opener - has plenty of reasons to be optimistic, as he averages exactly 50 across five previous ODI outings against the Baggy Greens in their own backyard.

In total, 20 one-day innings against the Aussies have yielded three centuries and four fifties, so Roy has plenty of pedigree to draw from, even if his recent form has been very much below-par.

Finch absence hands Head an opportunity

Australia also have major players absent, with Aaron Finch having retired from 50-over action, while Glenn Maxwell is sidelined after suffering a broken leg.

The exit of Finch has handed an opportunity for Travis Head to re-establish himself as a regular in the Australian line-up, with the left-hander set to open the batting alongside David Warner.

Head missed out on selection for the last 50-over World Cup in 2019, but has since made a strong case for selection, making 101 and 89 against Pakistan in March of this year and 70 not out against Sri Lanka in mid-June.

And, like Roy, he has previous success against the current opponents to draw from, having made almost 400 runs in 10 ODIs against England, with his strike-rate in excess of 100 - Head is 9/2 to be top team batter in the first ODI.

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Aussies have the advantage at Adelaide

WhatAustralia vs England, First ODI
WhereAdelaide Oval, Adelaide
When03:20, Thursday 17th November
How to WatchBT Sport 1 & bet365 Sports Live Streaming
OddsAustralia 8/13, England 13/10

The series opener on Thursday takes place at the Adelaide Oval, a venue where six of the previous ODI meetings between these two sides have gone the way of the hosts.

However, only two of those clashes came in the last decade, with the Baggy Greens taking the honours in January 2014 by five runs and by three wickets four years later.

And that meeting in 2018 has plenty to offer by way of clues for Thursday, with a low-scoring affair going the way of the hosts after a tense finale.

England were skittled out for 196 as Josh Hazlewood took three wickers and Pat Cummins four, before the home side made heavy work of the chase.

Indeed it was Head who made the difference, as his 96 from 107 balls carried Australia to the brink of victory.

And, with Stokes absent, the home side may look to their powerful all-rounders to make the difference and get the series off to a winning start.

Cameron Green continues to emerge as a major talent with both bat and ball, while Mitch Marsh and Marcus Stoinis have the power with the bat to give the Aussies the edge in the middle-order battle.

Green is 8/1 to be top team batter on Thursday, with Marsh rated as a 6/1 shot.

Vince has previous in Australia

For England, left-hander Dawid Malan must be a doubtful starter after missing the T20 World Cup final due to injury, meaning that Vince may well get another chance to press his claims.

His international career may have yet to blossom to the expected levels to go with his talent, but the classy right-hander has plenty of experience of Australian conditions to utilise, having twice won the Big Bash League title with Sydney Sixers.

He is 9/2 to be top team batter at the Adelaide Oval, with England skipper Jos Buttler available at 15/4.

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