Root expected to be fit for ODI opener

Jason Roy scored his fourth one-day international hundred at Melbourne on Sunday. Scott Barbour  Getty Images

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Bayliss this week confirmed his intention to step down after the 2019 Ashes, England having surrendered the urn to Australia in a 4-0 series defeat.

He was due to return to the side this morning in the first one-day global against Australia at the MCG, playing under captain Eoin Morgan.

Australia play England at MCG.

"Ben is a fantastic player", said Morgan. But the swashbuckling batsman is confident of turning things around in coloured outfit and indicated that they will stick to their own game plans in the series. Jake Ball, Sam Billings, Dawid Malan, Tom Curran and David Willey have been left out.

Ahead of a busy global schedule, including home Test matches against India and Pakistan, England coach Trevor Bayliss has urged Root to skip the 2018 Indian Premier League.

Eoin Morgan needs to stand up as skipper, while Joe Root will look to provide plenty of support at four.

Their only options, if they were to sack him, would be to do so at the end of this winter (to do so next summer would surely be a risk too far in respect of those World Cup aspirations) or else go down the split coaching route and have a separate head of the Test team, a path that the governing body are understood to be reluctant to take.

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Wayne Hennessey was a spectator for much of the afternoon apart from Ashley Barnes and Sam Vokes each heading wide from close range in both halves.

0930 hrs IST: 50 up for Australia in the 10th over.

Warner was absent from the Australian training on Friday as well.

But just days after sickness cruelly knocked him out of the last Test in Sydney, England's skipper delivered a defiant message to his tormentors.

Morgan stopped short of stating what England's line-up will be in Melbourne, but indicated Jonny Bairstow, Jason Roy and Alex Hales could all play.

They will be the key to Australia's success with the bat, but then, England also have problems with the stick. England have been a successful team in the limited-overs format and have won matches with their aggressive approach. Adil, Liam and Moeen Ali, to a certain extent, have been brilliant... Australia 199 for 4 after 36 overs. Chris Woakes will bowl to Aaron Finch. Buttler will be eyeing to make it a big one and start the series on a high.

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.

"England have got the right individuals in the side - they've got the right ethos and coaches behind it to allow the players to play with freedom", said Taylor, who played under Bayliss before he was forced to retire with a heart condition in 2016. "The rest of the stuff will take a lot longer".

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