A powered-up England ready for the ODI fight
ENGLAND paceman Stuart Broad has painful memories of the last time he toured Down Under, with his side walloped 5-0 in the 2013/14 Ashes series, then humbled 4-1 by Australia in the one-day series.
But one year later the old enemy is back on our shores, and Broad said he believed the new-look one-day batting line-up was the most powerful he had played with.
The one-day international triangular series, involving Australia, England and India, starts with the host nation up against its traditional foe at the SCG tonight.
The series will serve as a valuable lead-in to next month's World Cup to be held in Australia and New Zealand.
After a poor series in Sri Lanka, England has started its World Cup preparation Down Under in style, smashing 6-391 in its win over a Prime Minister's XI in Canberra, which followed a score of 6-364 against an ACT XI earlier this week.
Broad said he had moved on from last summer, adding he believed England was due for some success against the men in green and gold because of the strength of its batting line-up.
"Nearly 800 runs in our last 100 overs batting. Without doubt the most powerful batting line-up I've ever played with," Broad tweeted.
The top-order includes Ian Bell, who has replaced sacked skipper Alastair Cook as one of the openers, and scored 187 from 145 balls against the PM's XI to cement his place at the top of the order with Moeen Ali.
The rest of England's top seven for this summer looks likely to include James Taylor, Joe Root, new skipper Eoin Morgan, Ravi Bopara and keeper Jos Buttler.
Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell temporarily silenced his knockers by scoring 136 from just 89 balls for the PM's XI.
Nicknamed the "Big Show", but in danger of having that changed to the "No Show" after a disappointing Big Bash League campaign, Maxwell's timely return to form rewarded the faith shown by selectors.
Australia will use its 15-man World Cup squad in the triangular series, which includes in-form batsmen Steve Smith and David Warner.
India will be keen to improve on its bowling from the recent Test series against Australia where it failed to take 20 wickets in any of the four matches.
After retiring from Test cricket during the series, wicketkeeper MS Dhoni returns to the line-up for the triangular series and the World Cup.
The Indian team will wear a new playing kit for this series, with each striking blue uniform made from an average of 33 recycled plastic bottles.