England v Australia talking points ahead of ODI series

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It was the highest score in Scotland's ODI career, and the highest total England have ever had to chase, but Johnny Bairstow soon had the Scottish fans anxious.

England move on to the Oval next where they open a five-match series against Australia on Wednesday, and Morgan felt the shock defeat at the Grange would serve as the flawless warm-up for his players. The addition of Sam Billings and Jake Ball as replacements for the injured Stokes and Woakes respectively should provide England with a good pool of players to choose from for the first encounter.

England captain Eoin Morgan put on a courageous face saying the shock reversal will act as flawless preparation for the series. Whether it's Namibia, Papua New Guinea, the Dutch or the number one team in the world, we want to extend our skills and push them to what is required to win games against the very best.

The 31-year-old was suspended from global and first-class cricket for 12 months, along with former captain Steve Smith and opener Cameron Bancroft (nine months), for his role in the ball-tampering scandal that rocked world cricket in March.

But Paine concedes Australia must prove they are reformed characters.

"It's a completely different challenge and a completely different team that we will be playing", Bairstow said. "Every time we've played against Australia, the side we've come up against has played hard, tough cricket, so we'll expect that as well". If you look at it in that, it probably could be ammunition.

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"We can speculate as much as we like, but the proof is in the actions".

"We play our cricket pretty hard, positively, aggressively, so we'll continue to do that".

Stokes' well-publicised legal issues precluded him from England's ODI series win in Australia earlier this year and, on that occasion, Alex Hales was brought in to further bolster the top order.

Eoin Morgan admitted England deserved to lose after their humiliating defeat at the hands of Scotland in Edinburgh.

The Scotland skipper was dismissed for 58, which was his 13th half-century, third against England and also his fifth consecutive at Edinburgh.

"It's no good losing the lesson and the game, you've got to take something from it", he added.