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The Australian cricket team’s one-day side is being captained by wicketkeeper Tim Paine for June 2018’s limited-overs tour of England, following the one-year suspension of former captain Steve Smith after the ball-tampering scandal.

The Twenty20 side was led out by batsman and vice-captain Aaron Finch in its only Australia vs. England match and temporarily captained by Paine for the five-match series. A permanent ODI captain, announced national selector Trevor Hohns, will be appointed in due course.

Paine will remain as captain for Australia’s Test side. Justin Langer debuts at the tour in his first head coach assignment. More details of Langer’s appointment can be found in the PDF attachment to this post.

The tour runs from the 13th of June until the 27th of June 2018. Cricket fan Fiyaz Mughal follows the English cricket team, which played Australia in the first ODI match at Kensington Oval on the 13th of June; England won by 3 wickets.

Appearances and Substitutions: Australia

Batsman D-Arcy Short will be making his debut appearance in the ODI squad on the England tour, following five T20 appearances for the Australian national team. Nathan Lyon, Test off-spinner, has also been included; Lyon has not played a limited-overs match since 2016 for Australia. Hohns stated that Lyon deserved this chance to push for selection for the World Cup team.

Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc are both injured so the two pace bowlers will miss the tour. Jack Wildermuth and Mitchell Swepson, both uncapped, are in the T20 squad. The short video attachment shows the full ODI squad for the Australia / England match.

Australia vs. England: Cricket History

Australia is the most frequent opponent of England; as of January 2016 the two teams had played 341 matches against each other. The first ever Test match in cricket history was played between England and Australia, making them the two oldest national teams in existence.

This first Test match took place in 1877, with Australia winning by a total of 45 runs in front of an estimated crowd of between 9,000 and 12,000 spectators. Australia was captained in this first Test by Dave Gregory.

A second Test was arranged shortly afterwards, which England won by four wickets under captain James Lillywhite. Some facts about the Australian national cricket team can be found in the infographic attachment.

Tim Paine

Tim Paine plays domestic cricket for the Tasmanian Tigers and was Hobart Hurricanes’ captain prior to his Ashes squad selection for 2017/18. At the age of 16, Paine became the youngest player in Australian history to be contracted, when the Tasmanian Tigers offered him a rookie contract worth 10,000 Australian dollars.

He debuted as an opening batsman in November 2005, when the Tasmanian Tigers played Western Australia, with his first-class debut the following month against South Australia. His maiden List A century came in this first season, when he scored 111 runs in the ING Cup. The following season Paine took 215 runs against Western Australia for his maiden first-class century.

Paine’s first selection for Australia’s national squad came in 2009 when he played in the ODI series against England, and his international T20 debut came that same year. He was named ODI captain on the 8th of May 2018.