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12:00 AM, September 13, 2020 / LAST MODIFIED: 02:23 AM, September 13, 2020

Smith doubtful starter for today’s 2nd ODI

Australia's batting stalwart Steve Smith will have to undergo a fresh concussion test before the second ODI against England today after being ruled out of Friday's opener at Old Trafford.

Smith was ruled out of the 1st ODI after being hit on the head during a throwdown session in the nets with Australia's coaching staff.

There is also doubt over left-arm seamer Mitchell Starc's availability for the second match of the series after having experienced some groin pain on Friday.

A century stand between Mitchell Marsh and Glenn Maxwell and four wickets for spinner Adam Zampa helped Australia down world champions England by 19 runs in the opening clash of the three-match ODI series at Old Trafford on Friday.

Australia are in with a chance to claim a bilateral ODI series win over England for the first time since 2015 and end the recent dominance by Eoin Morgan's men in 50-over cricket. England have won 11 of their past 14 encounters against Australia.

Australia quick Josh Hazlewood produced a performance he ranked "right up there" in his one-day career to put the visitors' just one win away from becoming the first side to knock off England in a bilateral ODI series in almost four years.

Hazlewood, who was omitted from last year's World Cup squad as he recovered from injury and with an eye to the Ashes series that followed, was in scintillating touch with the new ball in helpful conditions at Old Trafford in Manchester, claiming 3-26 in a player-of-the-match performance.

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