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Australia without Steve Smith, England chose to bat first in ODI decider

Smith has not fully recovered after being hit on the head from a throwdown in the nets before the first match of the series.Smith has not fully recovered after being hit on the head from a throwdown in the nets before the first match of the series.

Published: 16th September 2020 08:12 PM  |   Last Updated: 16th September 2020 08:12 PM   |  A+A-

England's Sam Billings (R) plays a reverse sweep during the third ODI against Australia, at Old Trafford in Manchester

England's Sam Billings (R) plays a reverse sweep during the third ODI against Australia, at Old Trafford in Manchester. (Photo| AP)

By Associated Press

MANCHESTER: Steve Smith was again missing for Australia for the deciding match of its one-day international series against England, which won the toss and chose to bat first at Old Trafford on Wednesday.

Smith has not fully recovered after being hit on the head from a throwdown in the nets before the first match of the series. Australia captain Aaron Finch said that Smith had a hit in the nets on Tuesday but "just did not pull up well". "He was a bit groggy," Finch said.

Australia selected an unchanged team, while paceman Mark Wood came in for Sam Curran in England's only change. The series is tied at 1-1. It is Australia's final match of its white-ball tour, with the team having already lost the Twenty20 series 2-1.

England is looking to finish its international summer - during which all of its games have been played without fans - unbeaten in all formats against the West Indies, Ireland, Pakistan and Australia.


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