England won the toss and is bowling first as the tourists seek to avoid a series whitewash against Australia in the third ODI at the MCG.

Australia is 0-129 after 21.1 overs with Travis Head (72) and David Warner (52) at the crease after a brief rain delay.

Head has been living a charmed life early with the ball hooping around corners under a grey Melbourne sky.

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The opener was dropped in the slips in the second over when he was on four, and was given out lbw the following over, but had the decision overturned by the width of a seam, with ball-tracking showing the delivery had pitched outside leg.

Warner and Head have since taken England’s bowlers to task, racing away with a series of boundaries.

One saw Phil Salt dive to save another four and land brutally on his head, which left him dazed on the sidelines.

Salt was assessed by England’s medical team and was eventually substituted for Moeen Ali under concussion protocol.

Sean Abbott has returned to the Australian side for Mitchell Starc who has been rested ahead of the Test summer.

Skipper Pat Cummins is also back with Ashton Agar missing out.

Speaking at the toss, Cummins was questioned by Isa Guha on some late fitness “drama” surrounding the side, but played it down.

“No, no all good. There were a couple of late fitness tests but they came up ok. Couple of the boys with stiff backs but they had a hit in that rain break and they’re good to go.

Speaking to reporters on Monday, Marnus Labuschagne said Australia was not treating the game lightly despite having take a 2-0 series lead.

“I think we’ve spoken a lot about the importance of every game leading into the World Cup, the importance of being able to win with different teams, winning with different makeups of sides,” Labuschagne told reporters on Monday.

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“It’s nice that we’re starting to do that and obviously playing two spinners the last two games, we haven’t really done that much in Australia so being able to win with that sort of team just gives us a lot of continuity.

“It helps us build towards that World Cup, it gives you a chance to experiment in other ways.

“Leading into that 50-over competition, the World Cup, we want to make sure that we’re really set on where our orders are and who’s our best players for the best positions.

“Every game is really important for everyone just continue to grow in that space.”


Australian XI: David Warner, Travis Head, Steve Smith, Marnus Labuschagne, Alex Carey (wk), Mitch Marsh, Marcus Stoinis, Sean Abbott, Pat Cummins (c), Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood

England XI: Phil Salt, Jason Roy, Dawid Malan, James Vince, Sam Billings, Jos Buttler (c) (wk), Chris Woakes, Sam Curran, Liam Dawson, David Willey, Olly Stone

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