Tim Paine will lead Australia, taking over from the under-suspension Steven Smith. © AFP

Tim Paine will lead Australia, taking over from the under-suspension Steven Smith. © AFP

Toss: Tim Paine, the Australian skipper, won the toss and chose to bat against England in the first of five One-Day Internationals at The Oval in London on Wednesday (June 13).

Team news:

England: IN: Jos Buttler; OUT: Sam Billings

Australia: Michael Neser, the 28-year-old right-arm quick, makes his debut

Series: This is the first of five ODIs as teams start to ramp up their preparations for the World Cup in England and Wales next year. England crushed Australia 4-1 when the teams met Down Under earlier this year, but are coming off a shock six-run loss to Scotland three nights back. This will be Australia’s first full ODI series after the ball-tampering driven bans on Steven Smith and David Warner. It is also Justin Langer’s first assignment as Australia coach following the resignation of Darren Lehmann.

Conditions: There is a slight chance of rain making a brief appearance but the pitch appears full of runs. Whether the ball behaves differently under lights remains to be seen. The last ODI here was nearly nine months back when Windies edged out the hosts by six runs.

Teams:

England: Eoin Morgan (capt), Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Alex Hales, Joe Root, Jos Buttler (wk), Moeen Ali, David Willey, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood.

Australia: Tim Paine (capt, wk), Aaron Finch, Travis Head, Shaun Marsh, Marcus Stoinis, Glenn Maxwell, Ashton Agar, Michael Neser, Kane Richardson, Billy Stanlake, Andrew Tye.