Sloppy Aussies leave Langer with work to do
THE Justin Langer era may have started with a win, but Australia's performance showed the new coach has a mammoth task to prepare his side to face the best one-day team in the world this month.
Australia kicked off their tour of England on Thursday with a nervy 57 run win against county side Sussex.
Marcus Stoinis starred with a ton, while opener Aaron Finch and spinner Ashton Agar contributed with an innings of 78 and three wickets respectively.
But four dropped catches in the field and a middle-order collapse allowed Sussex to push the visitors until the end, eventually running out of wickets with 45 balls left.
Australia were at one stage set for a total well above 300 but Finch's exit sparked a collapse that saw the world champions lose four wickets for 13 runs in 31 balls.
All-rounder Glenn Maxwell was dismissed for just one after he chipped leg-spinner Luke Wells to mid-off, before Travis Head was lbw to Briggs on two.
Australia captain Tim Paine was caught and bowled by Wells, also for two runs.
Stoinis' late-cut boundary off Wells saw him to 110 off 112 balls, including eight fours and four sixes.
That left the hosts a total of 277 to chase down, which looked like a strong possibility after Australia's sloppy start in the field.
D'Arcy Short at square leg twice dropped Phil Salt on naught, before the Sussex opener went on to fire an explosive 33-ball fifty.
A simple chance was also put down by Andrew Tye, while Maxwell could be forgiven for dropping a more difficult diving opportunity.
The south coast county finished on 220 all out when No. 11 Abi Sakande was bowled by Jhye Richardson.
The next stop on the tour for Australia is another warm-up against Middlesex at Lord's on Saturday night (AEST), before starting a five-match ODI series against England at The Oval on Wednesday.
England ODI squad: Eoin Morgan (capt), Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler, Tom Curran, Alex Hales, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes (injured), David Willey, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood.
Australia ODI squad: Tim Paine (capt), Aaron Finch (vc), Ashton Agar, Alex Carey, Travis Head, Nathan Lyon, Glenn Maxwell, Shaun Marsh, Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson, D'Arcy Short, Billy Stanlake, Marcus Stoinis, Andrew Tye, Michael Neser
TOUR OF ENGLAND SCHEDULE
June 13 First ODI, The Oval
June 16 Second ODI, Cardiff
June 19 Third ODI, Trent Bridge
June 21 Fourth ODI, Durham
June 24 Fifth ODI, Old Trafford
June 27 T20, Edgbaston