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One-day series gives England perfect chance to bounce back from Ashes misery

Evening Standard logo Evening Standard 12/01/2018
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English cricket may be undergoing a period of self-reflection following the Ashes drubbing but the ODI series presents an opportunity for the tourists to prove their worth.

For it is in the one-day format that they have become a side reborn since Trevor Bayliss took the reins in May 2015.

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There were few positives to take from the 4-0 Test series defeat but in white-ball cricket England have established themselves as a force to be reckoned with, moving away from a predictable approach towards a more free-wheeling style. Since the disappointment of the 2015 World Cup, the results have been clear for all to see: they reached the final of the World T20 in 2016 and the semi-final of the Champions Trophy in 2017.

In that time, they were able to break new ground by passing 400 twice and also chasing down their highest target: 350 against New Zealand in 2015. 

The players have also gained reputations overseas in T20 competitions, including Australia’s Big Bash League. Four in particular — vice-captain Jos Buttler, Sam Billings, Jason Roy, David Willey — have been plying their trade in this winter’s edition of the BBL.

However, simply reaching finals is not enough — silverware is a must. That road begins on Sunday in Melbourne against the world champions.

But Australia will be looking to keep their “foot on the throat” of England, according to Marcus Stoinis.

The all-rounder said: “It’s been a long tour for them, so yeah... foot on the throat, let’s make it a good one.”

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