England eye Oval redemption

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Jos Buttler

Having suffered a humbling loss to Scotland, England will be looking to put things right in their five-match ODI series against Australia.

The Three Lions defeated the Baggy Greens 4-1 on home soil following their Ashes Test series thrashing in the winter, so have the upper hand in terms of recent meetings.

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The series kicks off with a day-nighter at The Oval on Wednesday, where you would expect the runs to flow, which should work in favour of the home side.

Despite eventually losing to Scotland, Eoin Morgan’s men racked up another big score even without the rested Jos Buttler, who should return to the side to take on the Aussies.

Jonny Bairstow again showed his explosive power at the top of the order with a superb quickfire century, while the likes of Jason Roy and Alex Hales will be eager to make up for having failed to go on after making good starts against the Scots.

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It will be interesting to see where Buttler bats for England and his position is likely to alter according to the game situation.

But given any sort of period at the crease, he has the power and range of shot to take apart any attack on his day and he will surely relish the true conditions set to be on offer at The Oval.

Rashid to be top England bowler – 59/20

Leg-spinner Adil Rashid may have taken some tap in Edinburgh, but he was the only bowler on either side to reach double figures in the winter one-day series Down Under.

The large boundaries at The Oval will aid his cause and he has the skills to trouble an Australia batting line-up which is still in the process of being formalised, especially in the absence of both Steve Smith and David Warner.

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