Ranked England set for Australia challenge in opening ODI match

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"I'm absolutely happy with that, it doesn't bother me", Morgan said.

Paine was a stand-in captain that day but, having since taken over the captaincy full-time following Steve Smith's year-long suspension (to go with similarly lengthy bans for David Warner and Cameron Bancroft), the 33-year-old wicketkeeper is looking to do shake hands at the start of every series he leads - provided his opposite number agrees.

Captain Eoin Morgan said that the defeat will act as flawless preparation for the series, and Bairstow agreed that it will be a completely different challenge to face an Australia side going through an uncertain period following the suspension of two key players and a change in leadership.

Today's day-night match, which starts at 1pm, is the first of five ODI fixtures between the two rivals.

But if Australia hoped that the ball-tampering scandal could be put behind them, they had reckoned without the PR company who handed out free sheets of sandpaper with "4" and "6" embossed on them.

"We've spoke about all of this (culture change and player behaviour) over the last few months, and we are aware that words are only words", Paine said.

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Agar said that Australia's squad had a "nice refreshed" feel to it and was particularly excited at the prospect of tall quick bowler Billy Stanlake taking on the powerful England batting line-up. We'll be judged exclusively on our actions going forward. "We've spoken about our values as a team and how we want to be perceived by the Australian public and the cricket public in general". "But words are words and on Wednesday we have to show them in our actions".

When one hears about a side ranked No. 13 in the ICC ODI Team Rankings beating the No. 1 ranked team, you would dismiss it as an upset but there was nothing upsetting about Scotland's historic six-run win over England at The Grange, Edinburgh on Sunday.

Paine expects a strong response from England, saying: "I'm sure they'll come back better for what happened in Scotland".

"It's part and parcel of the game", he said.

It is a match that pits 2019 World Cup hosts England against title-holders Australia.

"We set our stall out to be number one in the world and that's where we are, whether we were number one in this game or not, Scotland would still be delighted to win, it's not just because we are number one", the Yorkshireman added.

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