England’s freewheeling style of one-day cricket will be unleashed on World Cup winners Australia this weekend when the one-day series starts at the MCG as the team looks to restore lost pride.
England will pack their batting on Sunday squeezing both Jason Roy and Alex Hales into the top order. Roy will open with Jonny Bairstow with Hales batting at three, pushing Joe Root down to four and captain Eoin Morgan to five.
Jos Buttler will be nominally positioned at six but in a floating role with the option of batting him higher if the innings needs a lift.
The rejig has been caused by the absence of Stokes and the return of Hales, who was suspended at the end of last summer after both were caught up in the street fight in Bristol.
Roy, who lost his place to Bairstow during the Champions Trophy, filled in for Hales and did well enough to keep his opening slot. It had been thought that Hales might have to wait to earn his place back in the side but England want to pick their best six batsmen and then worry about how they fit them in the order.
As things stand, Root will move from three, where he has batted since the World Cup.
Source : http://www.telegraph.co.uk/cricket/2018/01/12/england-open-alex-hales-jason-roy-tourists-look-restore-pride/