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David Warner will lead Australia's batting division for the 2015 ICC World Cup.Getty

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Australia will play their first match of the 2015 ICC World Cup as they take on Group A opponents England in the second game of the tournament at Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne on Saturday.

Where to Watch Live

The match starts at 3:30am GMT. Live coverage is on Sky Sports 2 and Sky Sports 2 HD. Click here for the live streaming link.

Overview

The last time these two teams faced each other was in the Tri-Series final, which the host nation Australia won comfortably. They were without the services of their first choice skipper Michael Clarke and the middle order batsman will miss the clash against England on Saturday.

Clarke will be joined by James Faulkner on the treatment table and the latter will also miss Australia's opening game. Josh Hazlewood is likely to replace the all-rounder against the Three Lions.

England have not been enjoying a great run in ODIs in recent times as they lost the series in Sri Lanka, prior to the Tri-Series. Alastair Cook was dropped from the squad and Eoin Morgan was promoted as the captain and will lead the English side during the World Cup.

Eoin Morgan
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It should be seen whether the Three Lions can capitalise on Clarke and Faulkner's injury in order to seal a victory on Saturday. A win for England will give them the much needed boost at the start of the tournament.

Moeen Ali will have to lead England's batting attack, while James Anderson and Stuart Broad will be given the responsibility with the ball.

Betting Odds (888Sport.com)

  • Australia to win: 4/11
  • England to win: 28/13

What They Say

George Bailey (Australia captain): "I'd love to say it would count for something but I honestly don't think it does. I think England have made some really positive changes to the way they chance and their structure. I personally think they look really dangerous."

Eoin Morgan (England captain): "What we must do is focus on what we do best. We should not be striving for a formula that is not ours. The fact is that the majority of us have been in series where we have beaten Australia. We have not been worn down by them winning."

Team News

Australia

Possible XI: David Warner, Aaron Finch, Shane Watson, Steven Smith, George Bailey (c), Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Marsh, Brad Haddin (wk), Mitchell Johnson, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood

England

Possible XI: Ian Bell, Moeen Ali, James Taylor, Gary Ballance, Eoin Morgan (c), Ravi Bopara, Jos Buttler (wk), Chris Woakes, Stuart Broad, Steve Finn, James Anderson