Australia v England one-day series: Why tourists are favourites

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England beat Australia when the sides last met in the 2017 Champions Trophy group stage
bbc.comThrashed in the Ashes and now facing the world champions on their home turf, England's prospects in the one-day series in Australia may appear bleak.But England's 50-over side have plenty of reasons to believe they can succeed where their Test counterparts failed when the five-match one-day series starts in Melbourne at 03:20 GMT on Sunday.BBC Sport looks at why England can be considered favourites to win the series less than two years on from their miserable World Cup showing.
'I expect England to win 3-2'
Of the 16 players in England's squad, seven were involved in the Ashes, while only four played all five Tests.The in-form Dawid Malan is the only member of the squad yet to play an ODI, with those coming in mostly experienced one-day players, including captain Eoin Morgan and wicketkeeper Jos Buttler, who will win his 100th cap at the MCG."Australia is a tough place to be, especially when you're losing, but the fresh faces will provide an added impetus and do the world of good for England," former England batsman James Taylor told BBC Sport."The one-day side is very settled, with experienced individuals playing the way they want to play."Sam Billings, Jason Roy, David Willey and Buttler have been playing in Australia's Big Bash T20 competition, while Morgan, Alex Hales, Liam Plunkett and Adil Rashid took part in the inaugural T10 League in the United Arab Emirates last month."Everyone has been playing plenty of cricket so it won't be a case of England being rusty. I expect England to win the series 3-2," said Taylor, who will be part of the Test Match Special commentary team.England's one-day bowling attack also offers more variety than the one that took only 58 wickets in five Ashes Tests, with Plunkett and Wood providing pace, Willey a left-arm option and leg-spinner Rashid.England squad: Eoin Morgan (capt), Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Jake Ball, Sam Billings, Jos Buttler, Tom Curran, Alex Hales, Dawid Malan, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, David Willey, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood.
Batting big
England's development into a one-day force after their dismal group-stage exit from the 2015 World Cup has been based largely on a talented batting line-up prepared to attack throughout the innings.In 53 matches since the end of the World Cup, England have scored 300 or more 24 times, including 18 out of 27 matches when they batted first. During the same period, Australia reached 300 12 times in 50 matches, including 10 out of 23 matches batting first."Originally, England probably played with too much freedom and not enough nous, but now they are so much more experienced as a group and as individuals that they are being far more consistent than they ever have been," said Taylor, who averaged 42 in 27 ODIs.
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