Cricket: England seek to return to winning ways in ODI series against Australia

MELBOURNE (AFP) - England go into the opening one-day international in Melbourne on Sunday desperate to salvage some pride.

But they face a torrid task with a fired-up Australia vowing no let-up after dominating the Ashes.

The first of five matches is the first opportunity to see how the tourists progress from their nightmare Test series, with captain Alastair Cook demanding an improvement, and quickly.

"I am desperate to try and turn it around," he said after the 0-5 Ashes whitewash.

"When you strip everything down, every single player has to go back and have a look at themselves, have a look at their techniques. Have a look at the way they've bowled and start rebuilding again."

England head into the series without the experience of Kevin Pietersen and Jimmy Anderson, who have both been rested, with Cook leading a team that have much to prove.

He also needs to rebuild dressing-room discipline with Test wicket-keeper Matt Prior yesterday saying that during the Ashes, the players had shown a lack of respect for both the captain and coach Andy Flower.

Australia have recalled dynamic opener David Warner while captain Michael Clarke, who missed the one-day series in India last year with chronic back trouble, also returns.

But the tourists have been given some respite from Ashes man-of-the-series Mitchell Johnson, with the left-arm paceman rested for Melbourne.

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