Sydney: After winning the toss and choosing to bat in the Tri-Series opening match vs Australia at Sydney Cricket Ground today England lost early wickets.
England lost Ian Bell, James Taylor, Joe Root nad Moin Ali early in the innings.
Using the ideal conditions for fast bowlers at SCG, Australian pacers have done their job by striking early as half of the England's side has been sent back to pavillion.
It will be specially vital for England as the team would look to settle down under new captain Eoin Morgan.
The series will provide players of all the three teams opportunity to find their form and stake a claim in the final XI of their respective sides in the World Cup.
Fast bowler James Anderson was ruled out of the England lineup for the match with a knee injury. Steve Finn was named along with Stuart Broad and Chris Jordan in a strong England bowling attack.
Australia named spinner Xavier Doherty in its match XI, preventing the debut of squad member Gurinder Sandhu.
The Tri Series forms a major part of Australia, England and India's preparation for the World Cup.
Australia and England will meet in their first World Cup match at Melbourne on Feb. 14.
England captain Eoin Morgan said Anderson wasn't quite fit to make his return but would likely play in England's next match at Brisbane.
"For the World Cup our squad has match winners and, as we can pick anyone from the 11, our selection gets all that easier," Morgan said.
Mitchell Johnson and Josh Hazlewood were rested by Australia who chose Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc to lead their pace attack.
Australia: David Warner, Aaron Finch, Shane Watson, Steve Smith, George Bailey (captain), Glenn Maxwell, Brad Haddin, James Faulkner, Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummings, Xavier Doherty.
England: Ian Bell, Moeen Ali, James Taylor, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (captain), Jos Buttler, Ravi Bopara, Chris Woakes, Stuart Broad, Chris Jordan, Steve Finn.