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  1. Eoin Morgan wins toss, England to bowl first v Australia in Cricket World Cup opener

Eoin Morgan wins toss, England to bowl first v Australia in Cricket World Cup opener

Australia won all their matches against England in the lead-up triangular one-day tournament, also including India, and have enjoyed sound preparations.

By: | Melbourne | Published: February 14, 2015 9:23 AM

England captain Eoin Morgan won the toss and opted to bowl first against Australia in their World Cup opener at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Saturday.

England will attack with four paceman with Steven Finn and Chris Woakes to combine with James Anderson and Stuart Broad.
Stand-in captain George Bailey, in for the recovering Michael Clarke, will lead a team also boasting a strong pace set-up, with Josh Hazlewood winning his battle for selection with fellow quick Pat Cummins.

A crowd of 90,000 people are expected to pack into the MCG on a glorious summer’s day, with most hoping and expecting the World Cup co-hosts will post a big win against arch-rivals England, who few give a chance to challenge for the trophy.

Australia won all their matches against England in the lead-up triangular one-day tournament, also including India, and have enjoyed sound preparations.

All eyes will be on Bailey, who could put selectors in a quandary if he posts a big total, given he is expected to make way for Clarke in the side when the regular skipper proves his fitness for the second match against Bangladesh on Feb. 21.

Teams:

Australia: David Warner, Aaron Finch, Shane Watson, Steven Smith, George Bailey (captain), Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Marsh, Brad Haddin, Mitchell Johnson, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood

England: Moeen Ali, Ian Bell, Gary Ballance, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (captain), James Taylor, Jos Buttler, Chris Woakes, Stuart Broad, Steven Finn, James Anderson.

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