England v Australia: first ODI – live!

12.42pm BST

Bantz. “I suspect all this sandpaper “banter” may be a bit hollow given none of the cheats are in this current Australia line-up?” asks James Walsh. “I saw Starc was recently at paines to say he still has nothing but total respect for Smith et al. Is the line still that the bowlers knew nothing about it? Or is the line let us never speak of this again?”

To be fair to Paine, he has addressed that in a fair bit of detail. Including in a chat I had with him for Wisden Cricket Monthly. That’s behind a paywall (i.e. the magazine is available on shelves at the moment) but the short version is that he adamant only three people knew what was going on and they are all banned. It doesn’t strike me as realistic that the new skip would carry out such a bold lie given all that has happened. For what it is worth.

12.38pm BST

Australia: Aaron Finch, Travis Head, Shaun Marsh, Marcus Stoinis, Glenn Maxwell, Tim Paine (c & wk), Ashton Agar, Michael Neser, Andrew Tye, Kane Richardson, Billy Stanlake.

So, Jhye Richardson is quick who is left out with Nathan Lyon also overlooked. D’Arcy Short’s debut will have to wait for another day as well.

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Source: theguardian
England v Australia: first ODI – live!