England triumph over Cricket Australia XI as Eoin Morgan hits unbeaten 81

Mark Wood has also been called up to England's Test squad to tour New Zealand in March

England were thrashed 4-0 in the five-Test Ashes series by Australia but have had better results in the 50-over format.

The success or otherwise of Morgan's team at next year's World Cup will be the ultimate judgment upon the tack taken by the European Central Bank in 2015, when they removed Peter Moores in favour of employing Bayliss with a clear mandate to improve England's limited overs cricket.

England play two warm-up matches in Hamilton before its winter schedule finally comes to a close with tests in Auckland on March 22 and Christchurch on March 30.

Sent into the field by Cricket Australia XI captain Matt Renshaw, the visitors kept the hosts under wraps for most of the 50 overs, highlighted emphatically by the performance of the side's struggling off-spinner Ali.

Needless to say, Australia have definitely been the superior team for larger stretches of the rivalry, while at times England have also dominated their rivals.

Talking of allrounders, England will be hoping that the one-day series can help Moeen escape the funk the surrounded him for much of the Ashes.

Joss Buttler, Sam Billings and David Willey come straight out of the Big Bash in Australia. "Test cricket is not that, it's like 11 people in whites playing chess".

These are two very good ODI outfits who should give us a closely contested series, based purely on recent ODI form England should be slender favourites to take this series.

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"That's my role in the team, to ramp it up and be aggressive and try to take wickets by bowling fast".

The home side ruthlessly finished off England in Sydney on Monday (Jan 8) to record their fourth comprehensive win of a one-sided series - including two innings victories and a 10-wicket win. There was some chat about the depth of Australia's pace-bowling resources during the Test series (Jackson Bird's outing on the bad MCG surface was the only time it was put into action) and this series may give some indication how it stands with the white ball.

"He's been unbelievable for me, he's been unbelievably generous with his time and he hasn't needed to be", he said.

Limited-overs captain Morgan praised Bayliss' impact as England looks to restore pride in a five-match one-day worldwide series against Australia and build towards next year's Cricket World Cup.

The rejig has been caused by the absence of Stokes and the return of Hales, who was suspended at the end of last summer after both were caught up in the street fight in Bristol.

"Obviously the England team have had a tough Ashes, everyone knows that".

Limited-overs skipper Eoin Morgan on Saturday revealed prolific batsman Root should be available for the opening ODI at the MCG.

Hales is free to play again after being cleared over his involvement in the Stokes incident.


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