England Decided to bowl against Australia
Pat Cummins and Jos Buttler both returned for the final ODI at a sparsely populated MCG as Australia looked to clinch the series 3-0.
The pair were rested in Sydney with Josh Hazlewood leading the home side and Moeen Ali captaining England. After joining the Prime Minister’s XI squad in Canberra, Cummins returned to replace Mitchell Starc who remained in Sydney while Sean Abbott was recalled for Ashton Agar.
Along with Buttler, England brought back pace bowler Ollie Stone as they left out Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali. The surface was expected to provide some support for speeders on a cool, overcast day.
There was a brief shower before the toss but the rain was expected to stay away for the most part, although more brief showers are likely. The weather is chilly with a high expected to be only 17 degrees. However, the match had barely attracted local interest when the first ball was bowled as there were a large number of fans around the huge venue.
Australia 1 David Warner, 2 Travis Head, 3 Steven Smith, 4 Marence Lebuschgan, 5 Alex Carey (wicket), 6 Mitch Marsh, 7 Marcus Stoins, 8 Sean Abbott, 9 Pete Cummins (captain), 10 Adam Zampa, 11 Josh Hazlewood
England 1 Jason Roy, 2 Phil Salt, 3 David Mullan, 4 James Vince, 5 Sam Billings, 6 Jos Buttler (capt, wk), 7 Chris Woakes, 8 Sam Curran, 9 Liam Dawson, 10 David Wiley, 11 Ollie Stone