AARON Finch is again leading the way for Australia, who have been rocked by another pair of cheap dismissals from star batsmen Steve Smith and David Warner in the second one-dayer against England.
After 23 overs, Australia are 3-124 with first-game centurion Aaron Finch on 60 and Mitchell Marsh on 0.
Finch and Warner put on 68 for the opening wicket before the vice-captain was out caught at first slip by Joe Root off Moeen Ali for 35 from 40 balls.
Smith added just 18 before he was trapped LBW to Joe Root in a huge blow to the home side.
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Smith was unconvinced, calling for a review – but was not saved by the third umpire, with replays showing the ball would’ve clipped leg stump.
Travis Head’s woeful ODI form continued with a shocking, soft dismissal – bunting a simple return catch to Root to be sent packing for 7.
“That’s not good enough,” noted England great Kevin Pietersen of Head’s dismissal.
Australia. looking to reverse a horror run of ODI form and bounce back from a first-up beating, entered the clash with a new gloveman to help them level the series, a fresh fast bowler and a familiar face who is back from the wilderness.
Wicketkeeper Tim Paine will miss having been struck down by the gastro bug which has swept through the Australian camp and in-form former AFL prospect Alex Carey will take his place.
Cricket: Ian Healy and Carl Rackemann hand two Aussie debutants their first ODI caps ahead of the second match against England.
Healy, Rackemann hand debutants their caps
Jhye Richardson has also come in, in place of the ill Josh Hazlewood, while Cameron White has returned to the middle order in place of Adam Zampa.
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Originally published as Live: Root the destroyer as Aussies in all sorts