Unchanged for Aussies test

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ENGLAND will begin an acid test of their one-day international credentials with a predictably unchanged and full-strength squad for the NatWest Series against world number ones Australia.

Alastair Cook’s men, who completed England’s sixth successive ODI series victory on home soil when the third and final match against West Indies was washed out at Headingley last Friday, were unsurprisingly retained in their entirety this morning.

The selectors have stuck with the original list of 14 players, who beat the Windies 2-0, for a five-match series set to get under way at Lord’s on Friday. National selector Geoff Miller said: “The series win against West Indies was pleasing, and we are making steady progress in one-day cricket with a sixth straight series victory on home soil.

“Australia are a strong one-day side, and I’ve no doubt this will be a challenging NatWest series for us.

“We will need to play some very good cricket over the next three weeks. Playing against the number one ranked one-day side in the world is an excellent test.”