Preview: Experimental England ready for Australia

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England and Australia turn their attention to the 50-over format tomorrow as Headingley plays host to the first game of a five-match One Day International series.
The home side are sure to welcome back Kevin Pietersen, Joe Root and Jonathan Trott from the six-wicket victory over Ireland on Tuesday.
Eoin Morgan will lead the side as captain Alastair Cook joins Ian Bell, Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann and James Anderson in undergoing a period of rest before the return Ashes series in Australia.
The national selectors have come in for some criticism after the squad was announced but the likes of exciting bowlers Chris Jordan and Somerset’s Jamie Overton could debut for the three lions in a youthful squad.
Morgan and Ravi Bopara both blasted their way to three figures in Ireland earlier this week and are expected to form a solid middle order alongside Pietersen and Trott to give the batting a solid backbone.
Play gets underway at 10.15am in Leeds tomorrow and Morgan has told the media he is excited at the return of Pietersen.
"Kev offers a hell of a lot as a senior player and as a batsman," claimed the Middlesex batter.
"As a senior player he leads by example with the confidence in which he goes about his business. People rub off on that and that's crucial.
"When I first came into the team he was one of the more senior players and he was a guy you could turn to and ask difficult questions or have no hesitation in turning to him for a positive option.
"In that regard I think he's fantastic to have in the squad and back in for the one-day series."
England’s preferred opening partnership is currently Cook and Bell and with both of them playing the opening spots are up for grabs.
Michael Carberry and Luke Wright filled that role in Ireland but failed. Root could be promoted to open while there is a chance Pietersen could face the new ball.
“"It's certainly an option. Kev's opened the batting for England before and done well,” admitted Morgan.
"He also bats in the middle-order as a very explosive player. He's very versatile in that regard so we'll be looking at both options."
"They're (the openers) filling big shoes. Cooky and Belly have been very successful now for a couple of years and they've been a huge part of our success as a one-day team
"With the two new balls in one-day cricket it makes that role more difficult now, so it's an important role and one that we recognise needs filling."
England went within a whisker of winning their first ever world ODI competition earlier this summer where they beat Australia on the way to the ICC Champions Trophy final, only to lose to India by five runs.
The next event is the 2015 World Cup and the 26-year-old says he loves the responsibility of leading the country.
"Those games (as captain) in particular I've really enjoyed. The things I've most enjoyed about them has been handing out caps to debutants.
"It's fantastic to see guys being rewarded for a lot of hard work over a number of years and being rewarded by pulling the England shirt on and that makes me smile every day.
"We've got a young, talented, exciting team playing in this series and it can be a stepping stone looking ahead to the 2015 World Cup.
"We want to win that World Cup and that's a huge goal of ours.
"This series in particular is going to be a hard fought series for both sides and really exciting at the same time."

England: Eoin Morgan (capt), Ravi Bopara, Jos Buttler, Michael Carberry, Steven Finn, Chris Jordan, Jamie Overton, Kevin Pietersen, Boyd Rankin, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, James Tredwell, Jonathan Trott, Luke Wright

Australia: Michael Clarke (capt), George Bailey, Fawad Ahmed, Nathan Coulter-Nile, James Faulkner, Aaron Finch, Josh Hazlewood, Phillip Hughes, Mitchell Johnson, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Clint McKay, Adam Voges, Matthew Wade (wk), Shane Watson

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