The 50-over series beginning in Melbourne on Sunday begins a run up to the World Cup after which both England's coach Trevor Bayliss and his Australian counterpart Darren Lehmann will depart their roles, with neither man willing to extend their contract any further.
Joe Root is expected to be fit for England's first one-day global of the series against Australia on Sunday.
England's top order in limited overs cricket had their own problems against the West Indies before the Ashes. On one hand, the hosts will be hoping to continue their dream stint and on the other, the visitors, whose tryst with batting experiment nearly blew up in their faces, will be looking to shrug aside their struggles and approach the ODIs like they have been doing from a year ago and a half.
Australia vs England Live Cricket Score 1st ODI at MCG: 0936 hrs IST: Gone! . We have done that a bit with the bat, we will try and continue taking wickets with the ball.
The biggest question, of course, remains the same - how do you get out Steve Smith, although with the white ball this time as opposed to the red. They have plenty of players in form and England's bowling attack looks as if it'll be a major issue throughout without a great deal of depth of a solid fifth option.
0857 hrs IST: WICKET! .
Dangerman David Warner lasted just five balls - and one of those was a dropped catch - in making two. Brilliant bowling from Mark Wood.
0850 hrs IST: Okay, here we go!
Chris Woakes is the only bowler likely to be in the XI for the first ODI staying on from the Test series, but Jake Ball and Tom Curran are also in the squad.
He put on 118 with Finch for the fourth wicket after Australia were in a little trouble at 78 for three following the dismissal of Travis Head for five.
0837 hrs IST: Will England miss Ben Stokes in this lineup?
Australia have liberally employed stand-in coaches for some limited overs assignments themselves using them as an opportunity to trial the best coaches in the country while giving Darren Lehmann a break.
0825 hrs IST: England have won the toss and they have elected to bowl against Australia in Melbourne.
In Test cricket, however, England have stumbled, losing 18 of 38 Test matches under Bayliss including the recent 4-0 Ashes defeat.
Warner, the No.3-ranked ODI batsman, has been one of the game's most dominant 50-over players, especially playing at home.
However, the Australian management is confident that the star opener will play the first ODI on January 14.